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Barsky Signage

“i love my dog and my dog loves me” - “i’m a happy camper” - “please don’t feed the wildlife” [with that great image of a mosquito - playfully implying we have much of a choice in the matter!] - These 8x10 signs have a baked on silkscreen finish, and hangs from an attached hook on the back. Clean, simple, playfully vintage graphics and text provide just the neccessary cheekiness for any home or office. I personally am a huge fan of the happy camper one at the moment. Who wouldn’t be? Pamela Barsky also has a great line of vintage scarf pocket mirrors and magnets as well as dog tags i adore.

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Scandinavian Details

scandino.pngScandinavian Details is a shop i came across in SF the last trip that i’ve waited months to tell you about simply b/c they had not yet gotten a website up. This Dinosaur pull toy is just precious… and the smooth simple quality of the creature pulls so sleekly, it made me wish i was a little kid so i could justify having one… “In the belief that less-complex toys create more ingenuity at play, our Swedish toys are simplified, cheerful and natural wooden toys. Brightly painted and carved from solid birch, this collection of whimsical animals and machines is highly mobile. Perched on rockers or dragged along on wheels, each toy is certain to provide hours upon hours of delight. ” For this and other well picked Scandinavian design elements visit their store and their site pronto!

ALSO : “To help celebrate our launch, we’re offering a 15% discount on all our online orders to our customers through February 4, 2006. Use this code when placing your order: JAN2006PROMO”


*notcot - 12.27.05 , 03:49 - 0 Notes

The Food Loop

HA. freakishly appealing in a strange inexplicable way. (yes yes, i know people are now claiming studies are showing sillicon appeals to women, but don’t researchers realize maybe there’s a part of that due to how practical and amazing the functions and features silicone provides are?)… but either way, the FOOD LOOP is a trip, and a fun website, with some of the best product photography i’ve seen in a while. Its imaginative and captivating, and they are just these hot pink crazy silicone straps!

Click to read more to see the pic of their great packaging as well. Design group Fusion Brands out of Atlanta really did an impressive job on the design and website of this product… and you MUST watch the video (with Snatch like music, and a playful simple cooking walk through, anyhow just watch it here)

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*notcot - 12.20.05 , 18:42 - 0 Notes


As far as great use of CafePress goes, I’m very impressed with Split Design’s work. Seriously, how adorable are these mugs, while by now i’m sure you all know i’m a sucker for clean vector images, not to mention in basic black on white… so these mugs are getting high on my back up holiday gift list reccomendations… Who wouldn’t want one? Also great coasters and posters as well… check out the store here.

*notcot - 12.17.05 , 21:25 - 0 Notes

Muji Wine Opener

aluminum.pngNice design. Can’t wait to try one to see how well it works… the concept seems like it should work well, and visually there’s something enticing about it. Another Muji holiday gift suggestion.


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Offi Roller bench

Much like those old fashioned roll top desks (i always secretly wanted one as a kid), combined with a nice curved bench, and then make it a functional storage space… You end up with this great children’s bench by Offi. Also: that little tab really looks like the bench is sticking its tongue out.

*notcot - 12.08.05 , 00:04 - 1 Notes

Justincase - portable bar

Friend just sent this over… and it blows my mind. First - YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE FLASH ANIMATIONS ON THE SITE. Now… This is a portable bar… in a case ready to be flown/put in the back of your standard rental car/carried by YOU the lone bartender of the night. It’s edgy simplistic design combined with brilliant functionality… not to mention flexibility in branding/customizing… is just incredible. “Our portable bar weighs approx. 27kg and can be completely set up in less than 3 minutes. After all you want to use your mobile bar, not spend time setting it up. And the best: The bar comes in three pieces only, no tools are necessary to assemble it, no screws or other small parts can be lost.” JustinCase They also just won the Austrian Design Award 2005.

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*notcot - 11.23.05 , 15:04 - 0 Notes


desiron.pngComfy. And aesthetically gorgeous and minimalistic. This is the Desiron Chelsea Platform Bed… also comes in your choice of many woods. Greg Finney from 2modern dropped notcot a line, and showed me his great modern furnishings site, just in time for some holiday shopping! Also take a look at his helpful blog… some nice insights on decorating and making your perfect space.


*notcot - 11.16.05 , 16:10 - 0 Notes


mistic.jpgPosted to C&M This one was too pretty to pass up, and i can imagine it on a modern take of a massive dining hall… imagine if Lumiere was pyrex? This ‘Mistic’ is a visually stunning new piece which creates what feels like a carefully entwined batch of test tubes. Israeli designer Arik Levy’s new candelabra for Turkish company Gaia & Gino is a breathtaking use of Pyrex. Coming in three sizes, its versatility allow it to be used as a candelabra, vase, centerpiece, or whatever your heart desires. Gaia & Gino are the firm which also brought you the Karim Rashid series “Happy People”, who’s goblets were all double sided.

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Canvas Lounge

canvaslounge.jpgPosted to C&M… Found this when hunting for new alternatives to quick and unique (well relatively unique) wall coverings The Canvas Lounge provides “original & affordable art for your home or business”. When Marie needs a quick fix for decorating a new house, apartment, room for unexpected guests, the Canvas Lounge is the perfect place to find unique placeholders that liven up a room, and provide that much needed edgy conversation piece… whether an abstracted woman on bold colors, or a lively cityscape of tokyo in matrix like greens and blacks. You can even choose your own imagery to have printed onto canvas or 10mm perspex with a flame polished edges and chrome or satin finish fittings. All pieces are available in a range of sizes to suit your space.

*notcot - 11.08.05 , 00:32 - 1 Notes


These Garcia Chairs by Martin Mostboek are sucking me in with their graphic design beauty… there’s just something about griffins… found it on d*s

*notcot - 10.19.05 , 19:05 - 0 Notes


enook.pngAnthro is a designer of high quality modular and ergonomic computer furniture, all with a Lifetime Warranty. They recently launched the eNook, which is the best tech space saver i’ve found for any home or space where you have your laptop, mp3, psp, mobile phones, camera, bluetooth gadgets, and more. And a great way to keep it out of sight, cables and all. Its the murphy bed of portable tech, with a build in power strip and a full system of cable management clips, its the cleanest way to store your gear, and still have the slim wall mount serve as a fold out desktop. Beyond the tech, the design details and customizable options make this worth exploring for your space… Fabric patterns range from “Morph/Autumn” and “Dwell/Coop” to things like “Quantum/Beeline”… and the main finish comes in Maple, Cherry wood, or a white finish. eNook starts shipping in mid-November, and the base unit is $399.

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French GD meets Tile

industreal.pngCarreaux enchantes “A reinterpretation of the classic square ceramic tile. Form is freed from its shackles and plays with volume and thickness. Everyone can compose their own fresco, decorate their walls and play with these building blocks.” Designed by Chou Cailou, a french graphic/product design duo. Love the hedgehog… found on industreal.

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Ron Arad’s Victoria + Albert

This is the first divani (couch, but divani sounds more exciting) i fell for when i moved to Milan for design school. Wandering through the streets upon one of many exquisite design showrooms, this one has me breathless. So i had to post it when i ran into it again while researching some other pieces…

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Floral Doodles

I fell for the floral ways of Tord Boontje designs long before i realized who they were… they are in fact the brilliant minds behind much of the floral laser cut garland styled lamps, lace, silks, chairs, and patterns you’ve seen around the last 2 years at all design shows… (see more pics post jump)… but i just found these plates at the London Design Museum Shop, and they are just gorgeously playful. Yes i’m grinning to no end posting this post. Enjoy.

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