The American Comfort Quilt by NYTO embodies all that a successful brand should be… literally. Isn’t the ultimate brand, the one you turn to in times of need? The one that manages to make you feel better in an instant? The things you buy when you just don’t know who else to turn to? I mean sure its a little extreme… but that’s the making of a good lovemark like Coca Cola, right? Well, sure slightly exaggerate perhaps… but you get the idea. Designed by Joel Yatscoff and Bradley Price, Joel states, “…this is a very topical product that questions the effects of consumerism in North America. Has this behaviour, and the associations people wish to have with corporate brands so habitual, the American Comfort Quilt is the cherished product to provide warmth and comfort during a chilly evening?” Handmade, limited edition of 5. Love the way they’ve composed these images… more below as well.
Leave it to Phillip Wood of CITIZEN:Citizen to give me exactly what i needed once i got into the madness that was the Paper 24 Hour Department Store… my prescription of Design Therapy. Although i must say i STRONGLY disagree with the Bx that says i should take it ONCE yearly, i’m more of a daily overdoser ~ and if you’re here, i’m going to assume you are too. Why else would i have NOTCOT? and NOTCOT.org? (and TasteSpotting and notcouture too! There really isn’t enough design therapy out there.)
So, are you curious what’s in my bag of The Brand Pharmacy Design Therapy? See below for pics of the bottle of pills… the pharmacists at work… and more info of what this really is… and some pics of CITIZEN:Citizen’s fab booth of ironically luxe goodies… and a never before seen piece!
NOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
Spring is a great store/gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Being that I work down the street from the store, I stop in every once in a while to see what’s new. I was especially excited when I went in recently and saw their Threaded exhibit because they have nine panels of embroidered canvas by Richard Saja, whose work I have long appreciated. The Lost Girls series incorporates a custom toile design inspired by Peter Pan’s lost boys - little boys who are scared to grow up. Each panel is 24” x 36” and is printed on cotton canvas and then embroidered with rayon thread.
I was just checking out the portfolio of Wat Design and i found this “ILSE media, head office - interior design of the HQ, totally designed out of 2D flat panels with pixel design. Simcity office garden”. In this pixel wonderland ~ the first thing i thought was ~ wow its like a real world Diesel Sweeties mash up! I feel like if i were walking around in there, i would look down and see myself in pixel form! Anyhow, they have converted nearly everything… from coat racks and trash cans, to stickers of pixel cell phones and calculators, pixel food on pixel plates on pixel table clothes, and pixel sunsets, and pixel trailers and lunch trucks in life size (OH, and even a pixel window by the urinals…)! See the images below, and see more fun projects over at Wat Design.
Rock Well - I saw this adorable Limited Edition font inspired guitar pick on Ace Jet 170… which led me to the Rockwell font page… this pile of picks at Redesigners (which also says “Simon says email him if you’d like one simonwhybray (at) gmail.com”)… and also to Simon Whybray’s site on the project. And on Simon’s site, it mentions is you send him £2, he’ll pop one in the post and maybe some other goodies as well.
Ok, so here’s something new i want to try… i was noticing that it seems a bit silly to write a lot of posts on the same thing and keep posting them separately. Frankly, it hasn’t been making NOTCOT, as a resource, very efficient for me when i try to find something… SO, i’m testing something out, and i haven’t worked the kinks out yet. But here’s a start… Annie Leibovitz and Disney have added to their actor/actresses as classics set (Rachel Weisz as Snow White, and Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy with Abigail Breslin as a fairy-in-training)… SO instead of posting a new post just about that, i’ve decided to UPDATE the last post, so all the info on that stays in one place… and since i haven’t quite figured out how to notify NOTCOT readers about it, i’m linking you to an anchor.
yes, i see the silliness of giving it a new post, while not giving it a new post with the images and information in it. Have any ideas of how i can efficiently pull this off for us all?
Murakami Gala Opening at MOCA ~ although they wont let you take pictures at the exhibit, you sure can see a lot of whats going on and what people were getting through flickr and eBay. Even the LA Times ran an article on how the plexiglass “placemats” from the dinner are being auctioned for $999 - keep in mind it cost $1000 to attend the opening gala. An apaprently everyone from Mr. Murakami himself (and his family!), Marc Jacobs, Kanye West, Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci, Cindy Crawford, Toby McGuire, Pharell to Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot was there. Luckily for us Eric documented it all nicely via blog and flickr! You can check out his post on the gala, his flickr of the exhibit during the press preview with accompanying post here. Another great flickr resource - Brandon Shigeta - who says “you can take pics of the mona lisa, but they say no here. whatever, set the camera to interval shooting and away we go…” Haha. Also there are the many pictures you can see searching Murakami MOCA on flickr.
Now for the wealth of goodies showing up on ebay ~ and what Eric got from going to the gala, see below!
NOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
The third-ever Solar Decathlon took place two weeks ago from October 12 - 20 at Washington D.C.’s National Mall. The Solar Decathlon was established in 2002, with the purpose of educating a new generation of students about the possibilities of energy-efficient design and also as a vehicle for educating the public about renewable energy and energy efficient homes. Twenty US and international university teams took part in the competition, with each team competing to design and build an energy-efficient solar-powered house. The various universities spend two years developing their designs and ideas, and also undertake the fundraising and technical research needed to build an energy-efficient home. The houses are essentially pre-fab units, built off-site first and then transported to Washington D.C. and reassembled on-site at the Mall.
The winning team was the Technische Universität Darmstadt from Germany. Can you imagine transporting the house from Germany to D.C. (it came by boat)? The home focused on the concept of passive energy and was designed essentially as a box with three layers - an outer layer of oak, louvered screens that generate electricity with photovoltaic energy, a middle layer consisting of energy efficient walls and windows, and an interior core that houses the kitchen, bathroom and the majority of the building systems. Besides the outer skin of screens that allow you as much or as little privacy and light as you wish, I really like the multi-functional spaces, and TUD’s innovative use of the floor which can be opened up to reveal a sleeping area. [Note: All photos are credited to Kaye Evans-Lutterodt/Solar Decathlon]
Oooh Crackpot 2008 is out! For any of you looking for the perfect way to give someone some gorgeous glossy weekly art ~ this is the perfect stocking stuffer. I received the 07 version last year and love it ~ not quite patient enough to wait a whole month to flip the page ~ but the weekly thing i can handle. Great paper quality, thick cardboard backing with that can be turned into a stand or hung on the wall… the Crackpot is full of many of our favorite artists as picked by die gestalten ~ and a sneak peak of more pages below.
Click the images to find out more! So many inspiring and intriguing posts up at NOTCOT.org it definitely felt like a good day to have a slightly larger roundup. I’m sure with most people busy fiddling with leopard installs… and a few unfortunate ones dealing with the painful blue screen of death on a MAC… (is it the end of an era? So sad that the quality of products and design are continuously becoming less and less satisfying!)… anyhow, for those who are swamped, but want a quick digestible bite of what’s going on at org ~ here you go!
Wow. Apparently David Barsalou has spent the last 25 years of his life going through every illustration in over 30,000 comic books…. in order to find the original sources of Roy Lichtenstein’s pieces! Here are some of my favorites ~ more can be seen on David Barsalou’s Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein page as well as his flickr. Noticed this over at Life Lounge.
Hehehehe. Ok this 2am, this made me giggle. So maybe “we” (yes, you too perhaps!) have a bit of an internet addiction going on. Luckily i’m not yet as bad off as Dilbert here… but those occasional iphone/pearl hits are critical even when happily exploring the real world.
It’s never too early for Christmas is it? I thought the old rule was that all the holiday goodies came out after Thanksgiving… but we’re not even quite at Halloween. None the less ~ the Breeding Ground has designed some holiday cards that make things a bit more playful for the recipient. A beautiful X’mas is what you make of it. Opening the packet you get a stack of pop out and build yourself creatures, santa, etc… and you can arrange them as you wish. And if you write a message or draw on them, you further transform them into whatever you wish. Images of the whole process below!
Mmmmm crazy gamer art that inspired the actual games. Into The Pixel “is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment.” This year it showed at E3 in santa monica, then the Toronto Film Festival, and its currently showing at E for All in LA. I went through the last few years, and even out of those these three still amuse/inspire me the most. Then again… i do have a thing for the crazy artsy games (i.e. Rabbids! Dewey! Viva Piñata! Katamari! etc…). What’s really interesting about these piece are that they are often pre-video game (or during) development, and are made my the art directors and designers working on the games. For example this Rabbids one is by Florent Sacre, the Art Director for Rayman Raving Rabbids. Dewey one is by Shigechy. And the Viva Piñata piece is by Ryan Stevenson - “a veteran of Rare projects like It’s Mister Pants! and Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge, [he] made his name as the concept artist behind the vibrant and unmistakable Viva Piñata.”
On a sidenote: while researching i discovered the IGN Raving Rabbids blog from before the game came out, with some incredible behinds the scenes imagery and hilarious shots of the game makers and their rabbids… so some peeks at that below as well as full sized images of the crops above.