*notcot - 07.29.06 , 18:17 - 0 Notes

Sumo Review

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SUMO LOUNGE REVIEW!!! Andrew over at Sumo Lounge sent over this black Omni and Otto about a month ago, and i’ve been test driving it and having others come play with it as well. It is extremely comfortable for sitting and working outside i’ve found ~ a bit large for people crammed for space, but i love relaxing and working out here on the patio, where i’m posting this from. For the full verdict see below.

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*notcot - 07.27.06 , 04:52 - 4 Notes

Paris House

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Some people inherit money, others inherit a company name to carry on with - the unique part here is that as the company changed hands, the business did as well. What began with her grandfather as a jewelry store has grown and evolved through the years. I love this part of the about page “The name Paris House was originally created by my grandfather, Cohus Paris in 1934 for his jewellery business. My father Michael Paris, a watchmaker, continued his father’s tradition until his death in 2002. It is with a sense of pride and commitment that I continue the legacy of care and quality associated with the Paris House name.”

I love companies where the philosophies are well grounded in the passions of the owners/workers. And the Paris House seems to have understood and embodied this notion whole heartedly from day one. As a designer - Sharon Paris managed to combine her background as a conceptual artist - and her ability to create some fascinating leather wallets, etc which all have text to draw you in, make you think - and thats not enough, she takes you on a ride through mental illness in this collection (even donating 10%). And packaging is fun stuff. She provides you with a pot of New Zealand bee’s wax to preserve the leathers ~ one of the first lines contained beeswax with “what’s so wrong with taking care of each other?” imprinted in it.

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*notcot - 07.14.06 , 02:00 - 1 Notes

Chairbag Adventures 2

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Had a little fun with the Chairbag on 4th of July… and since sometimes its all about context, and people have been asking me about how this chair is as an outdoor chair, and compared to normal chairs… well this should give you a feel for its size/style/etc relative to others. [click the pic to see it properly]

This is Sunset Blvd (closer to the beach than the clubs) - and this happens only once a year… the night before the 4th of July Parade all the locals put their chairs out - some chained to one another, some duct taped to trees, some with names sharpied on them, some even have cushions. And then imagine all the chairs you see, also in mini kids form. So i wandered out and took a lot of shots of this bizarre, surreal scene of chairs abandoned and waiting around 2am… and even brought the Chairbag out with me, NOTCOT sign and all.

[i have a whole series of shots from this night, all of which are incredibly surreal and a great study on outdoor chairs… not sure whether to put them up though, let me know if you want to see some]

*notcot - 07.13.06 , 22:48 - 2 Notes

Chairbag Adventures 1

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So i came home the other day, and the mailman had left this bizarre black bag at the door. Puzzled but curious - my first thought was really, WOW what efficient shipping- a simple, black canvasy rectangle of a bag with a zip along the top, and the handles had just been tied (see below). And the labels were just slapped on there. Talk about not wasting any materials to send it over.

Turns out it was a CHAIRBAG. You’ve been seeing it around all the design sites lately, designed by PS Labs of Amsterdam… part buoy, part bouncy kids chair, part giant workout ball, and definite design icon in the making. So thus begins my adventures with the Chairbag, and below is my extensive review with more pics. [also click the pic above to see larger]

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*notcot - 07.12.06 , 03:26 - 0 Notes

Genius Jones

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What kid doesn’t need a “precisely proportioned, 2/3 scale edition of the 1929 classic. Made exclusively for Genius Jones in the same US factory that began producing the adult-sized version almost 60 years ago”? Ah, these are the moments my mom emails me “i’m glad they didn’t have that when you were kids, imagine how much money i’ve saved” [this comment also came up when we discovered paper denims for kids - SO cute.] But seriously, this Mini Mies is just too adorable - a must for any chair collector with the prospect of kids. And look at some of these other products over at Genius Jones? Absolutely loving their selection of modernist kiddie options - and they dont even have a fully functioning store up yet! Hopefully it will show up soon. via .org by oO.

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*notcot - 07.04.06 , 16:36 - 0 Notes

Popoutz

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Popoutz are these great bird feeders with incredibly simple/reusable/flat pack design. Simply pop it open, fill it, hang it, and there you go! Nice vibrant colors, and a few other designs over at their site. Designed by Zelo Creative of the UK. Noticed this via .org this morning… also go check out the censor bar glasses, they are hilarious.

*notcot - 07.01.06 , 19:27 - 0 Notes

Bone China Gnomes

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From Vitamin, A Life Less Ordinary - the ones who brought you the incredibly cute IV Drip Plant Pot…. also have this funky twist on the garden gnome. The Gno’s are a black and white glossy bone china “urban gnomes” - ready to take on those old school guys with little red hats, fishing poles, etc. I think they’d frighten me if i woke up to a troop of them lined up like in the picture all over my lawn. Are these possibly almost cooler than the vinyl figurines that are everywhere?

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Trash Bag Capsule

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I think i must raise the question - Has SimpleHuman OVERsimplified? I noticed this “bag capsule” over at FreshArrival and upon looking into it further the capusle basically holds a giant tube of trashbag material (i say material, since if its just a tube, can you really call it a bag?) - and the idea is that you pull out as much as you need, and tear it off, and tie a knot at the “bottom” - fill it with trash - then tie off the top too? Sweet design on the packaging though. I just don’t know if i’d trust the bottom being simply tied, less secure for the liquids and gooier substances?

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*notcot - 06.26.06 , 20:12 - 0 Notes

Massager

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This is about the size of a disposable razor - and that clear bit is rubbery - and its just about the most bizarre thing i’ve played with in a while - and when it cost a mere 2$ i had to get it. Turns out its a face massager - could be a sculpting tool, or some crazy hair streaking tool, or who knows? Well weird as it sounds it actually feels pretty sweet as a face massager, and i just like sitting here playing with it while i try to work. Massive sale going down at L’occitane.

*notcot - 06.24.06 , 18:31 - 1 Notes

Inner Mess

innermess.jpgThis is the new “organizer” (perhaps its more a mess-pile-maker?) called Harry, designed by Reinhard Schmoelzer for Mocha It comes in two sizes, and an array of colors, and is basically your catchall in the form of a mess of maleable wires ready to do your bidding. So bend away - have a cluster everywhere, put many together and have a wall to suspend all your crap… or toothbrushes… or tech… or jewelry… so versatile! Fun idea.

*notcot - 06.20.06 , 23:30 - 0 Notes

Silence.

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If ever i were to fall for a bed, this is the one. Just as the day didn’t seem like it could get any better, i love this one. I like bed frames that have the tilt in the headboard, AND you can put stuff on it. It floats beautifully in a room like a work of art, and still managed to look lushiously inviting. This is the Silence bed by Zeitraum Moebel.

*notcot - 06.19.06 , 22:56 - 1 Notes

Cucumber Lab

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The founders of CucumberLab, Ben Blanc and Andrew Reed, are RISD Furniture Design Alumni, and when asked about their design philosophy they told me “Objects are about connection. We try to find stories from the past to help guide us in our own formation of stories told through the object today, in hopes that these new tales will become relevant to our future. It’s intriguing that generations can have a different, while at the same time very similar perspective over a single thought or idea.” In a time where technology is flying past us, trans-generational designs are key. Even though i already featured this dynamic duo below, their goods were worth of a second post. With this Flow lamp, they create a contemporary perspective on vintage lighting using found materials (is that a bundt pan?) . These Bling rings come in 24K gold plated and polished stainless steel and are available in 5 iconic styles, for any mood. (These three were my favs.)

*notcot - 06.15.06 , 19:38 - 1 Notes

Calla

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Can you believe this is the “highchair for modern life”? Take a look at the Calla Chair (like the lily?) by Yves Behar for Fleurville… neoprene seat (comfort, easy cleaning, kids won’t slide right out) - telescoping height adjustment - enamel coated flute - sturdy aluminum base. So pretty. [via Luxist]

*notcot - 06.13.06 , 20:51 - 0 Notes

Doggie Dish Sale!

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I’m sure you’ve seen these dog/cat dishes around - they were featured as one of I.D. Mag’s “Most Intriguing designs of 2005”! Well these caught my eye a while back, and they almost make me want to get a puppy more, simply for an excuse to buy them - especially with this crazy 48% off for ONLY 48 hours starting at 12:01 eastern time, June 14th, 2006. So check out Susan Kralovec’s Everyday Studio.

*notcot - 06.03.06 , 23:58 - 1 Notes

DIY Radio

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Tune’N’Radio - this DIY radio is such a brilliantly basic idea with so much variation and personal character ready to show through in each and every unique piece - and i love that the end user HAS to customize it somehow, creating the need for one to be creative whether they realize or not. The concept is simple - you drill your own holes to let the sound out of the metal box… and you afix your own antenna like piece to get reception. Its really like a magic box of sorts you have to work at to make it look cool and work (although i think whatever you do, will make it look pretty sweet.) From Rotterdam group : Wouter Geense Design Studio.

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