*notcot - 06.30.05 , 13:29 - 0 Notes

Time OUT

75Fa9rOzVWOAmEbarjzGcrTi26CM.jpgTIME OUT! ahhhh, grade school flashbacks. Found this little gem on Craigslist, and its cracking me up. So cute… love the caption

What a great chair. Very cute. And the best part it works… Asking $20.00 OBO.

So i suppose i was on a time out from posting due to massive computer moving/server moving/ me moving/ furniture carrying/ outlet installing/ painting and blech fume inhaling… but i think i’m back!

*notcot - 06.20.05 , 11:48 - 0 Notes

Donnie Darko

glassblob.jpgNight before last, checked out the Donnie Darko Director’s Cut midnight showing. WOW. everytime i see that movie it gets my gears turning, and somewhat freaks me out at the same time. But the most interesting visualization within it is those clear gelatinous fluid paths that he begins to see. The ones that lead to the next place/thing a person does? Doesn’t ring a bell? Go watch it? I cant find a picture of it online right now.

Anyhow these gorgeous glass pieces reminded me of that today. Also from Karin’s.

These glass pieces by Fredrika Linder have a wonderful weight and are about 30 cm tall, inspired by tulips and elephant trunks. Fredrika works as a designer at Lindhammars glass works in Småland and she was recently cover girl for swedish design magazine FORM.

I find the most captivating characteristic of blown glass to be its ability to seem so fluid yet so fixed.

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*notcot - , 11:28 - 1 Notes

5$ goes a long way.

ikeastool.jpgWow its been a while, but here’s a taste of what you’ve missed. Things have been crazy, spent all day yesterday installing electrical outlets, touch sensitive multimodal light switches, fire alarm, door deadbolts, and loads more… internet not exactly set up at the new place yet… hence the posting delay. But it doesn’t mean that art stopped evolving, or the amusement with no internet was any less…

Check out this new stool i got (shot at my hfriend’s apt, he got one too… and using jermacide as our very very tired and willing model… and othello the cute bunny too)… so just when you figure everything is pretty costly today, i find this stool/bench/coffee table/hat? at ikea for $4.99! and the boxes got built into a modern rabbitat for the bunnies to explore. Best few bucks i’ve spent in a long time. =)

*notcot - 06.06.05 , 19:15 - 1 Notes

Wine Glass Bulbs

glassbulbs.pngGlassbulbs “The product offers two lives. Once the lightbulb has burnt out the wine glass comes to life.” Talk about instant reincarnation. Fascinating project idea, interesting aesthetic… can you imagine it sticking out of a light? must disperse the light in new ways as well… or imagine having some wine in there sliwly changing color through the life of the bulb… Ought to combine this with the wineglass chandelier. via DesignBoom

*notcot - 06.03.05 , 12:37 - 1 Notes


17653.7179C6F5.jpgNew toy from Eero Aarnio the designer of the original Ball Chair/Bubble ChairPony! And many other classics. Many more pictures of his old works i just rediscovered after the jump. This new one is quite fun though, comes in a few different sizes, and could be a unique playful footrest!

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*notcot - 05.26.05 , 23:22 - 5 Notes

Solar Mosquito Repellent

90419.jpg3 hours of sunlight, and mosquito free. I won’t even pretend to understand it, but they claim it works, and after many a horrible mosquito attacks, i’m game to try it. And its the most unique use of sustainable energy i’ve found tonight [more on that later, its my theme/curiosity of the night].

We’ve received countless raves from satisfied Solar Mosquito Guard owners from Hawaii to the Amazon Basin, from Alaska to Louisiana all with the same theme: “These amazing things really work, we’re mosquito free, while our friends are swatting away.” The principle is they put out a high-frequency audible wave that actually repels most species of mosquitoes. Funny part is there is no scientific evidence that mosquitoes can even hear, yet they really seem to work! There is an on/off switch so you don’t have to activate until the mosquitoes arrive. The battery will recharge in three hours of sunlight. Hong Kong.

Bizzare, possibly amazing. Worth 10$ if it works, doesn’t harm the environment, saves you from itchiness. Or if you’re super hardcore…

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*notcot - 05.20.05 , 22:55 - 0 Notes

WOODY bits.

alder.jpgBrent Comber’s Alder is visually orgasmic. And i haven’t even seen the real thing yet. Its been everywhere, (yes yes between E3 and ICFF every blog/mag is pretty swamped with gaming and design). But the image. WOW. So cool.

*notcot - 05.11.05 , 03:45 - 0 Notes

Katamari Robo-table

crazytable.jpgApparently Keita Takahashi (creator of the awesome game Katamari Damacy) studied sculpting in college. He claims that this is where he first came up with his goal to improve the world by making people happy.

The initial fruits of this ambition are almost as amusing at his recent game.
Witness: this coffee-table/robot. As he says “it can even fly”. Another cute aside is that it takes two people to complete the robot’s transformation, so one must “learn to work with a fellow human to achieve the amusing effects of this piece”.

Kinda reminds me of the new two player mode that has been announced in Katamari Damacy 2, where the players must work together to control the same Katamari.

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*notcot - 05.07.05 , 12:58 - 0 Notes

Plant Lamp

Lampel.jpgLamp + Plant = Lampel. It’s such a simple idea really, i don’t know why i haven’t discovered such a combination earlier… although it does make one wonder about whether you need to worry about the plant catching fire, or overheating it causing damage to its growth? But pretty none-the-less.

*notcot - , 12:41 - 10 Notes

Wine Chandelier

glasklasen.jpgThere’s lighting, art, storage combining into a gorgeous functional piece here. Basically, you place your own glasses into this elaborate rack, and flip the switch to let the two bulbs within illuminate the full structure. So many ideas on how you could come up with variations on your own, or using different shaped/colored glasses. The structure comes fitted for 16, 40, or 75 glasses.

Storklasen (the Glass Cluster) is a chandelier and at the same time a repository for drinking-glasses with stems, either with all glasses alike or of various combinations and colours. With two clear bulbs, e.g. a carbon-filament lamps with two pendulums/electric fittings, Storklasen will provide a pleasant lighting where reflections from the 76 glasses creates lights and patterns on surrounding surfaces in the room. Storklasen is a genuine product of Swedish art industry, designed by a team of two architects - Gunnar Cedervall and Björn Stillefors - and an industrial designer - Jörgen Pudeck. The manufacturing takes place in Sweden, at a smithy dating from 1840. The glasses in the chandelier are meant to be used and then replaced in the chandelier after being washed. Storklasen, including standard length pendulum, is adapted to fit over a dining table in a room with a height of 2.40 m. The Storklasen can be found only one surface treatments black lacquered. If you have a room of different height, or want to hang the chandelier in a different way, there are pendulums of different length made to order. Glasses is not included

Its a fascinating idea really… except for the dust and spiders that might enjoy all the crevices if you dont use those glasses frequently enough? And the price from 98 pounds up to 1,032 pounds with no glasses included, i kind of wonder if we could design our own?

More after the jump…

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*notcot - 04.15.05 , 23:22 - 1 Notes

Ambiance NOW

img_fragrance.jpgOr “Alora Ambiance” in a nice blend of languages. I saw these a while ago, but only recently went on a air freshener hunt for my friend’s apt that is desperately in need. I wanted the alternative to glade plugins and whatever that new thing is on tv where the family gathers to watch the “puffs” come out to know its working.

So as usual, first grab is by the visual. This is a gorgeous way to display the fragrance, glass bottle with wooden sticks gently stuck into it to “diffuse” the scent into the room. Even supposed to last 4-6 months on one bottle.

Next, the story. Italy has a soft spot in my heart, especially Lago di Como and the surrounding regions since it was my half hour train ride escape from the city for a year… so no surprise in finding out that this was developed/inspired by two Minnesota sisters who lived there for 15 years [and it certainly makes more sense of the name as well]. Alora Ambiance

*notcot - 04.06.05 , 15:03 - 0 Notes

Gardening with OXO

1063864_3a_1.jpg1063863_3a_1.jpgOXO good grips revolutionized the way my kitchen and cleaning functioned… suddenly the only options i allowed myself were “rubberized, ergonomic, gorgeous to leave around” or more Restoration Hardware, stick to the classic old school styles. [Naturally leaning towards OXO-izing my whole process for comfort]. So you can imagine i was excited to see that they are branching off into the world of home gardening, although not much of a yard to garden in at the moment, they are just pretty to look at, and when the time comes that i need to, these are high on the list.

Besides, even at home you could use a wateringcan, and i love how this one rotates back onto itself, not only saving space, but also minimizing drippage? Enjoy OXO, and remember these aren’t available till Summer ‘05.

*notcot - 04.04.05 , 04:07 - 1 Notes

Squid! Baster. Silicon.

baste_k8611.jpg11_red_mitt.jpgSilicon: you squish it, it comes back. You heat it, it survives. Naturally what else would you ever use to design cooking goods, especially a Squid inspired cooking baster? Today’s theme is Silicon cooking goods. Its a great innovation recently in kitchen accessories, and as far as design, this is the most uniquely appealing one i found.

Enter Isi’s Orka line of silicon goods, there is also the Silicon Oven Mitt, with a slight hint of an orca like shape… so part hand puppet, part useful heat resistant glove.

*notcot - 04.02.05 , 02:48 - 1 Notes


side.jpgI fell in love with the simplicty of this object… and the ideas it brings to mind. “Slant Stacks” are the new visual in my head, the idea of transorming the way things naturally tend to pile on my desk, coffee tables, shelves, and in my car. I like the idea of using simple objects to recreate, or shape a space that they will occupy anyhow.

This is also just a gorgeous piece of wood, given an innovative use, which becomes more pleasing to look at as it is being used. SHIKA! Not to mention mad props to Joey Roth on not only designing but naming this object to make it unforgetable.

*notcot - 03.23.05 , 21:58 - 0 Notes

Travel Chopsticks

sct003a.jpgFor the boy with everything (ok specifically the guy who only has chopsticks in his kitchen) Travel compacting chopsticks… they remind me a lot of mini billiard cues, especially the way they unscrew in the middle, and have a nylon carrying case. The handle is a hollow stainless steel tube that becomes the storage unit for the chopstick. It has brass caps with O-ring seal, and natural birch tips. Made by Snowpeak. [$19.99]

Update: Cheaper pair found at Back Country Gear for $16.00

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