While we sit here and design and shop for luxury products, its nice to get that does of perspective on the world… Tan sent me this link to Gapminder - which has a great archive of flash presentations demonstrating the human development trends across the world over the last few years. The images above are from the United Nations Development Programme.
If someone were ever to ask me what my dream come true would be - it would be for NOTCOT to reach a level like 10 Corso Como, my little piece of heaven in Milan. Incredible niche of a space, great cafe/restaurant/bar, gallery with incredible shows, best design/art/architecture/fashion/music store, and the ultimate in design/couture with a very NOTCOT kind of flair. Carla Sozzani is one of my idols (and i’m not the kind of girl who does the idol thing). But as NOTCOT readers - i beg you to read this interview with her in Republic, the Fritz Hansen mag [jump right to page 18]. Best quote “I prefer to make trends instead of following them. I’m very much against trends as they ruin your peace of mind. you can’t choose with the same happiness and joy if you’re thinking about what’s trendy… They come to feel good.” [this coming from a woman who shaped the italian fashion magazine industry.]
In addition to the content of this article - the page flipping/UI of LivePaper is one of the most beautiful/enjoyable web experiences i’ve had in a while.
Here’s a silly trend dedicated to RUGenius and her years and years of fencing - apparently its cool again - since its showing design influcences in an Ikea toilet scrubber - and the best find yet - Target has this giant bubble wand (click the pic to see it bigger, definitely worth it). Basically you can use it to make gigantic bubbles, then turn it back into foil mode to burst them with - or play fence each other.
[Guest article by RUGenius - its a good read - she asks the right questions] Howie’s, “environmentally conscious casual clothing and sportswear designed for bikers, skateboarders and snowboarders”, is a nice, wholesome, eco-friendly brand. In fact, they remind me of Oregon. But they also make my head hurt. I mean, are we seeing innovation and honesty here or a slick exploitation of our desire for simplicity by some cackling marketing agent? I implore you, fellow notcot readers…help me think through this one. [Fun images below…]
HAPPY EASTER everyone, 13 more minutes left of it in my time zone, but better late than never. Here i bestow upon you the “Essence of Rabbit” - as illustrated by over 500 international contributors in the form of over 1500 bunnies. This is an incredible exhibition by Pictoplasma… and to purchase your own Rabbit Mandala is impressively affordable at a mere 22 Euro.
In looking for inspiration on typography and design, i found myself browsing the archives of the Design Museum London - and i came across the works of Robert Brownjohn. This PEACE card is a nice concept, and it just seemed worth making a note of. And the math geek within was momentarily amused by the math typography piece as well.
Strange night, been through so many websites while i can’t sleep and somehow there feels like a dry spell in design/art inspiration [other than the very well covered salone events in milan] - untli i found these Field Figurines. Since this is Easter weekend, at first glance, i simply assumed they were made of chocolate. [and actually with the uprising of designer toys, i think there’d be a market for designer toy chocolate, you already have the molds made]. But i digress - the brilliant folks of Monster Factory designed these for the Collection of Foreign Objects exhibition “Generated Habitats” which is running till April 29 in Toronto. Far more pics below!
Life Lessons have never been easy, that’s why they are life lessons. But TLC (yea The Learning Channel) - has created this ad campaign utilizing these gorgeous little “Precious Moments”-esque figurines in hilarious ads on tv… but best yet is the e-cards, you can change the hair color, skin color, eye color, and best of all - the message on the plaque. And you can even buy a few of these as real figurines, shipping in June.
Doodling is healthy, and it happens any/everywhere. This is a very impressive collection of “Dollar” doodles also at ATYPYK.
CalTech Loses their cannon - swiped and relocated 3,000 miles to MIT’s campus where it now wears a giant “Brass Rat” MIT class ring… and points at Pasadena. The “Howe and Ser Moving Co. is an accomplished national moving firm known for its excellent customer service. It has been described as, “assertive, low-key, and really willing to go the extra 3,000 miles to ensure a bang-up job.”’ Whatever will they do to retaliate? I’m sure it will be good.
Hm. Remember art school - the “medium is the message” stuff - and how video art first started? Well - take that and add a dash of high end fashion photography + Metropolitan Hotel + couture + top models put to bed in their own rooms and filmed/photographed. Yes thats what those stills are from - Nick Knight in 2001. Check out the vids here. [yea thats devon aoki in the first one apparently]
On the same note - have you seen the motion photography style project with Kate Moss pretty much jumping around topless in fancy jeans rocking out to loud music while ripping up the red paper she is posing in front of? In Paris 2005, she did this piece with Nick Knight.
The Art Office in Indio (yes, home of Coachella) - has been making these incredible structures out in the desert - that are much like enormous popsicle stick art. “WOOD SCREEN CYLINDER AT JOSHUA TREE
Our proposal seeks to transform and record the colors, light, and landscape of the desert through a folding, geometrically manipulated, structural wood screen cylinder created from a very simple, readily available, construction-based module: a douglas fir surveyor stake.” Phillip Smith, one of their principals emailed us about this gorgeous project, and you certainly need to go see more. I wish i had a screen like that in my house! Or it would be perfect in those SF Bay windows!
At a time when american airlines are charging for basic meals and sandwiches, leg room seems to be shrinking, plane upkeep is lacking… JetBlue soars ahead with adding more “luxury” features… and this time in an interesting move with Bliss (the fun blue branded spa line, whose spas are in many a W hotel) to supply coast to coast travellers with a little bit more R&R… the “buh bye red eye, hello shut eye” kit. Read more about it in the Post article.
Mark Ho pretty much apprenticed in Amsterdam with a metalworking artisan for 6 years to make this incredible little guy. With joints that mimick every motion of the human body, yet still emotionally and artistically human feeling - the ZOHO is pretty incredible… not a detail out of place, and cast in purely bronze and sterling silver. All parts are handmade - take a look at the specs: Height: 16.93” (43 cm), Weight: 13.2 lb (6 kg), Number of parts: 920 (of which 101 are found in each hand), Number of mobile parts: 85. This first artform will be limited to 25 sculptures. I can’t wait to see what happens when this type of craftsmanship meets the brains of something like the Robosapien!
Great article from the Craftsmanship Museum.