*notcot - 01.11.13 , 16:24 - 3 Notes

Parker 5th Technology Pens

parker0.jpg It’s been a while since i’ve fallen for a new pen (my go to has been the G2 05 since high school) ~ but these new Parker 5th Technology pen refills are a fascinating evolution of the classic fountain pen nibs and modern technology pen refills feel incredible when put to paper!

Celebrating their 125th, Parker just sent over one of their Parker Ingenuity Pens with the new Parker 5th Technology. Coming in fine and medium with color options of Black, Blue, Peacock Blue, Olive Green, Burgundy, and Purple and quite a range pens they fit in to. So far i’ve only tried the black medium ink ~ and it flows so smoothly, it feels great. the most interesting aspect of the new design is the flexible tip, and the “design eliminates pressure, impact and temperature-induced ink leaks.” Can’t wait to try out the fine as well… take a peek at the details on the next page.

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*rugenius - 01.08.13 , 00:35 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org includes tiny remote controlled flyers, firefighters’ battle axes, and Mandelbrot’s lost fractals. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*notcot - 01.07.13 , 15:10 - 0 Notes

NOTlabs: Virgin Atlantic EWR Infinity Cube

updateimage1.jpg Director of NOTlabs, Shawn Sims, is taking us behind-the-scenes of our latest piece, the mirrored, Instagram Infinity Cube that just got installed in Virgin Atlantic’s new EWR Clubhouse!

The Instagram Infinity Cube was designed and built for Virgin Atlantic’s new Newark Clubhouse at EWR to complement the #howIclubhouse campaign. When visitors arrive at the lounge, they can’t miss the mirrored cube as they approach the Liquid Lounge Bar and Passion Pit… with the exterior reflecting the dazzling space around, the opening inviting them to peek inside for an even more mesmerizing look at how people clubhouse around the globe, and then encouraging them to add their own!

All sides of the inner and outer cube are mirrored, and the far interior face of the cube has a screen that displays a rotating gallery of photographs. The interior mirrors especially, create a kaleidoscopic effect by reflecting the Instagram photos from the hashtag #howIclubhouse. Since the entire cube is made of mirrors, it generates an endless symmetry in 3D space of the Instagram photo. The outer cube reflects the lounge and people moving through it. The entire cube swivels 360 degrees allowing people to view it from multiple vantage points as they move through the space.

Take a look on the next page to see how this quick project came together at NOTlabs

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*rugenius - 01.02.13 , 11:58 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org includes astrophotography, origami, bluetooth soundsticks and more. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 12.27.12 , 15:04 - 0 Notes

Voyage by Aether & Hemera

newboats.jpg Here’s the latest from our resident zoologist and London based editor, Justine Aw.

We’ve been watching the installation in Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock coming together from their beginnings as just a single strand of floating paper boats to their current complete form. The installation is titled Voyage and is the work of Aether & Hemera. The boats house individually programmable RGB LEDs controlled by a system including an Arduino, a Rasperry Pi as DHCP and Web server, a wireless access point, bespoke DMX circuitry and and software that lets visitors change the patterns and colors of the lights by connecting to the specialized local wireless network and visiting voyage.co.uk (see videos later in the post!).

I love the way the boats play off the reflections in the water of themselves, the passing DLR and skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. They’re beautiful, making the most of the long winter nights. The installation will remain in the wharf until Friday, February 15, 2013.

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*rugenius - 12.25.12 , 03:14 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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A LEGO Santa Claus mech, 3D printed Christmas cookies Martian crates and more this week at NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 12.22.12 , 01:43 - 14 Notes

Stranger & Stranger Ultimate Deck

stranger0.jpg Stranger & Stranger, you’ve outdone yourselves once again. Following their Holiday Spirits of the past few years, “to celebrate the year we broke out of our alcohol comfort zone and designed premium olive oils, fine foods, luxury luggage, and just plain crazy new stuff, we teamed up with the amazing Dan & Dave to create this, our Ultimate Deck.” And broke out of their alcohol they did! Previously, anyone who asked me for suggestions on alcohol packaging, i undoubtedly told them, Stranger & Stranger! Well it sounds like it has been quite the year for the incredible design group… and these cards (no surprise) are STUNNING, down to the tiniest of details! From the matte black magnetic box… to the velvety pouches… to the festive ambigram… to the seal on the deck… to the gilded edges of the deck… to the artwork adorning each card… it’s a magnificent deck of cards! And the quality is incredible, as are all Dan & Dave cards (like the awesome Fulton’s Clip Joint Playing Cards we wrote about previously)… take a peek at all the incredible details of Stranger & Stranger’s Ultimate Deck on the next page!

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*rugenius - 12.18.12 , 01:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org includes cranberry wakeskating, baking cookies on an AMG, pencil sculptures and more. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*rugenius - 12.11.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org includes Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg, a kindergarten in an airplane, and both parrots and dogs that drive! To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 12.07.12 , 14:20 - 0 Notes

Shag “Goin’ Places”

shagmobilesmain.jpg Wishing i were in Chicago tonight! The Rotofugi opening looks awesome - Shag’s Goin’ Places toy release and art exhibit have a dozen amazing Shag Skeletons (with pets and drinks) in classic cars! They are making me swoon… (and of course they all got reserved within moments) The cars in the line up? Rolls, XKE, Beetle, Roadster, Lead Sled, Flairbird, Citroen, Nine Eleven, Avanti, Vette, Morgan, and Benz. Take a peek at all of the cars and the show on the next page!

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*rugenius - 12.04.12 , 00:07 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org includes real birds that tweet, artwork created by pinball players, and an entire road that bounces. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 12.01.12 , 10:59 - 2 Notes

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios

cockpit-arts-9234.jpg Here’s the latest from our resident zoologist and London based editor, Justine Aw.

Today I made my way to Holborn for the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios. The open studios were my first introduction to Cockpit Arts, a creative-business incubator for designer-makers that supports craftspeople. The event lasts throughout the weekend at their Holborn site, Cockpit Yard and continues next weekend South of the river in Deptford (more details here). A great place to pick up beautiful, unique, last-minute Christmas gifts.

It was a bustling environment, filled with studios turned into shops, packed with goodies and the droolworthy scent of mulled wine, mince pies and other seasonal delights. As for the goods on offer, all sorts of crafted wonders, from jewellery to ceramics, knitwear to illustrations. Among our favorites were the always lovely Thornback & Peel and the beautiful works of Abigail Brown, whose work we also loved in Ghosts of Gone Birds last year. More photos on the next page!

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*rugenius - 11.27.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Stop motion Lego racing, safari hooks and an electron microscopic look at seeds are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 11.21.12 , 09:15 - 4 Notes

GAP Holiday Windows: Enormous Champion

gapanimals3.jpg Here’s the latest from our resident zoologist and London based editor, Justine Aw.

We spotted these gorgeous new Gap holiday window and store displays featuring elegant wooden animal silhouettes entirely by chance. They caught my eye as we passed and I immediately recognized them as giant versions of the figures I adore from the Kingom Animalia series by Brooklyn-based Enormous Champion and was thrilled when they confirmed our suspicions via twitter. I’ve always loved their work (particularly the Kingdom Animalia series) and the giant versions in store are stunning and continue throughout the children’s section, where they work perfectly (though I confess, I was mentally rearranging furniture to figure out where to fit a moose!).

The theme for Gap’s holiday windows this year is ‘Be bright’, highlighting the unexpected use of color and the Kingdom Animalia figures with their brightly colored edges helped inspire the campaign! Jason of Enormous Champion tells us: “The creative team at Gap is familiar with the wood animals from my Kingdom Animalia line and thought they’d be a perfect fit for their windows and in-store holiday presentation for babyGap and GapKids. I partnered with them to create life-size Kingdom Animalia, adding pops of neon color that relate back to the overall holiday design for Gap.”

The window displays include 4 woodland creatures (moose, deer, fox & squirrel) as well as trees and other designs. Though we spotted the windows in London, we hear they’ve since made it to stores in the US too, so keep your eyes out for these beautiful wooden woodland creatures! See more pictures of the details on the next page!

p.s. We haven’t spotted them in the US yet, have you? And what happens to these awesome creatures after the holidays end? We want to bring some home!!!

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*notcot - 11.20.12 , 19:40 - 2 Notes

W+K Goodness Coaster Calendar 2013

wecal0.jpg Oooooh - file this one on the “why haven’t we had more of these?” list! W+K Studio’s Goodness has a brilliant 2013 letterpressed calendar of COASTERS! With designs by Ben Guernsey, Chris Lael Larson, Curtis Pachunka, Dani Guralnick, Erik Blad, Jason Murray, Kristen Minarik, Mike Weihs, Nicole Blauw, Paul Levy, Peter Yue, Sarah Hollowood and Brad Simon. Printed by Chelsea Guidry… this limited run of 100 calendars contains 12 coasters each filled with art on one side and month info on the other, making it useful far beyond it’s month. I hope they make this one a new tradition - i never seem to have enough gorgeous letterpressed coasters around the house (and they age so nicely!) See more pictures on the next page of the art and details!

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