*notcot - , 16:20 -

Incase Topo

incasetopo.jpgAnd since i gushed so much about the Incase topo print being used throughout the press kit in a gorgeous gloss on matte… i just discovered their blog, which has the background and some wallpapers. “This unique pattern along with the integration of the Incase logo is a graphic component of the Incase identity representing the concept of travel. The Topo pattern also resembles an abstracted wood grain that compliments the Incase leaf logo.” Also, i just noticed they already got their Arkitip #0044 HIGHMATH with the black viewmaster (see their pics)… mine should be here any day now!

*Sub-Studio - 02.13.08 , 13:06 -

Anon Pairot

0213pairot2.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

Anon Pairot is a young furniture and product designer from Thailand with a body of work that reflects an innovative use of both material and function.

The Lampin Block (above) highlights the iconic shape of a lamp by illuminating the negative space of the concrete block. After the jump, check out the Vash Tray which has an ironic dual function - it serves both as an ash tray, and as a vase for freshly cut flowers. Also see the Pare Lounge Chair, Eng-Gu two seater, and Nature Hanger!

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*notcot - 02.10.08 , 04:18 -

Audrey Kawasaki “Mayoi Michi”

newaudrey.jpgAudrey Kawasaki has done it again with her latest series of beautiful paintings for her solo show, Mayoi Michi, that debuted tonight at Copro Nason in Bergamot Station. To see what i saw… check out my pictures from “Mayoi Michi” in the gallery. Noteworthy, this “it” girl has certain made it huge… all pieces from her show were completely sold out before the opening, and most going for about $10,000-12,000, so a big congrats to Audrey! Also looks like it’s going to be a busy year for her, with a solo show in sept in Rome (at Mondo Bizarro), group show in november at ThinkSpace, and even a solo show planned for July 2009 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY! View my pics of the show here, and Audrey’s closeups of each piece here.

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*notcot - , 03:47 -

Black Viewmaster + Arkitip

arkitip.jpgI’ve wanted a black viewmaster since the “Gifts for your Indie Ninja” list from my ThisNext days, but alas, i’ve been lazy and forgot to buy one… so when i saw that the latest issue of Arkitip, No. 0044 HIGHMATH ~ is a collaboration with one of my favorite Danish collectives, Wood Wood… and comes in a box with “1 Exhibition catalog, 3 image reels, 1 3D viewer”… i grabbed my credit card. How could i give up a chance at a black viewmaster (with white Arkitip, Wood Wood, and Nike branding) as well as fun art? Perhaps we need to get some branded NOTCOT Viewmasters, and every month/week/random whim we can send out a mysterious reel of inspiring imagery?

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*Sub-Studio - 02.06.08 , 12:59 -

Andrew Berman Architect

0206aba1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

This recently completed project by Andrew Berman Architect was designed as a library and studio for a writer. As you approach the studio, you are greeted by an oversize glass door, with nothing but trees providing a contextual scale for the building. The building is divided programmatically, with the studio lifted up off the ground (and therefore providing privacy from neighbors), and a storage area located at ground level. With the studio floor situated at the elevation of the tree canopies, a floor to ceiling picture window provides the inhabitant with panoramic views of the wooded area beyond. A building-wide skylight floods the studio with daylight. The exterior of the building is clad in copper, which is meant to weather naturally over the years.

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*notcot - 02.05.08 , 16:19 -

Murakami Augor Revok Billboard

murakamibill.jpgOh, Murakami… what will you do next? So apparently Murakami’s MOCA exhibition billboard on Melrose got a little addition to it thanks to Auger/Revok… and Murakami’s people found pictures of it on the internet (like these great ones on flickr from Ribbon Controller and G@br!3L)… and they had it REMOVED! And sent to japan! Because it was “so wonderful, he had to have it for his collection.” says this LA Weekly piece. And the circle continues… murakami makes art in his factory, sells everything from cellphone charms to massive paintings, has his art on LV bags, has a pop up LV store inside his own exhibition, does kanye wests album covers and has kanye play his opening gala, manages to get celebs clamoring to steal each others limited ed plates… and now even steals his own billboard that gets vandalized with some awesome street art. I wonder if he also has a private collection of LV/Murakami knockoffs in a special closet. Wow. I admire his insane branding/reach.

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*notcot - 02.04.08 , 04:16 -

Fav Superbowl XLII Ads

superbowl.jpgAh Superbowl XLII ~ congrats to the giants! And as usual, the ads were good fun! This year Hulu got in on the action and this NBC Universal and News Corporation’s online video joint venture is in beta and has a page up with 56 superbowl ads. I must say their player is quite pretty too… and i just went through all of them again, and picked my favorites below for you to watch!

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*notcot - , 03:20 -

Carlos Aires Love Is In The Air

records1.jpg“Love Is In The Air” ~ Carlos Aires cut vinyl record silhouettes. This recycling/reshaping of vinyl is possibly one of the most amusing things i’ve seen with vinyl in a while! More images and close ups after the jump!

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*notcot - 02.03.08 , 04:30 -

Ben Lawson

benlawson.jpgBen Lawson draws incredible fish that we first fell for over at .org #7943 and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, i simply had to post his tentacled hearts. His illustration style is so scientific, yet the characters (yes even the tentacled hearts) are oozing with character, which is no surprise since he is a physicist/engineer turned artist/illustrator… and he is certainly our kind of guy - his career “includes sourcing squirrels for Rumanian TV and reporting on nuclear terrorism for the Japanese government.” Can you imagine how incredible these would be animated? And for those who need a refresher, a few of my favorites of his Ichthyological Specimens are after the jump.

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*notcot - , 00:06 -

Matter Box

matterbox.jpgThe Matter Box, apparently people have started receiving them, and i’m SO jealous! I mean seriously, this might be the coolest box of junk mail ever… i know its really just corporate schwag ~ but it’s corporate schwag at its finest, most creative, most amusing. So what was in there? Well below we bring you a break down of not only the contents and images of unboxings, but also some guy unboxing it live in a video!

Oh, and for anyone that is lost, Matter first came up on .org #8403… and it is “a box full of interesting stuff” and “a new and unique idea in communications that brings companies and people together around real, physical stuff–things you can hold in your hands, keep in your drawer, or give to your friends. It’s a new way for companies to introduce themselves by giving you something you might like” AND “is a collaboration between Artomatic and Royal Mail.” Read more at Matter: Brands you can hold, but firstly catch up on the first bow after the jump!

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*notcot - 01.31.08 , 18:07 -

CIA Calendar

ciacalendar.jpgRUGenius stumbled upon the website of Covent Garden’s illustration agency, CIA and fell in love. A lover of clean lines and illustration and an agency of illustrators run by picture makers? It was a match made in heaven. She sent away for the free weekly calendar and was hardly disappointed. The office never looked so good! Check out some sneak peeks after the jump!

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*notcot - 01.29.08 , 12:50 -

Helping Hounds of Hell

helpinghounds.jpgThe Helping Hounds of Hell. What it actually is aside, the poster for this exhibit caught my eye when i was checking out Evasee, and i love it! The simplicity of the curves, characters, three colors, and the typography are just too fun. See the full poster/flyer after the jump. Now as for what it is… The Helping Hounds of Hell are two “exciting exhibitions of handmade skateboard art” in Berlin!

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*notcot - , 01:56 -

Disney + Leibovitz Part 3

thenewdisney9.jpgThe third series of Annie Leibovitz and Disney collaborations has just launched, and like last time, i’ve updated the original post so we can have the full collection in one place! Above is a close up of the tiny Tina Fey as Tinkerbell ~ with such a priceless expression! She’s perfect! Definitely my favorite part of the series! Additionally you can see J.Lo and Mark Anthony as Jasmine and Aladdin, Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Giselle Bundchen as Wendy, Mikhail Barishnykov as Peter Pan, and Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie. Click here to see the images, some behind the scenes pics, and a video showing the making of with the stars comments.

*notcot - 01.28.08 , 15:36 -

Shepard Fairey’s VOTE

shepvotemain.jpgIt’s that time of year, politics are inescapable, and while we’re not here to dish out opinions on that matter, i will say that Obama has certainly done the most to appeal to the creative community… we’ve shown you his LA button/sticker/t campaign, his logo variations for every group, and his social network… and now, Shepard Fairey has created some posters showing not only how much he backs Obama, but also just generally putting the call to action out there to VOTE! Posters will be available for order on weds Jan 30th at $50 each, and proceeds from this print go to produce prints for a large statewide poster campaign. The site also says, “Anyone interested in helping out please email info@obeygiant.com with OBAMA as the Subject Title for instructions.” See more images of the posters after the jump!

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*Sub-Studio - 01.25.08 , 15:44 -

Studio Lo

0125lo1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

I was blown away by Studio Lo’s work when I came across it this week - it all seems to center around the idea of construction (my French is far from perfect, as is Altavista’s Babelfish, so forgive me if something gets lost in translation). I love the colors and the simplicity of their work, and the packaging is pretty gorgeous, too! But what I love most is how they create an object out of one piece of wood, or one piece of cloth, or one piece of paper, with minimal waste and design moves. They work within the constraints of the material they have chosen, and the product is more amazing because of it.

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