*notcot - , 03:00 - 3 Notes


Inspired by BLTD tonight ~ and while every site, magazine, etc is busy doing a roundup of either gift ideas or what happened this year… RUGenius and i took our reflection and went even further back than the end of 2005. Where did our design/aesthetic tastes come from…

Well one of our sources of inspiration - or what molded us at an early age, was Montessori schooling ~ especially the really fun woody “educational” toys we grew up with… from the sandpaper letters to learn to write, those heinous beads i loved/hated to learn about decimals, the multiplication board had those great little red beads, the satisfaction from tasks like pouring sand and pellets from one container to the other, the trinomial cube, the blue geometric solids (perspective drawing 101?), and that infamous pink tower… [to kris of BLTD - our tiniest pink cube was the most coveted too! we should make necklaces with that for other Montessori kids who grew up!] So now you know - we were Montessori kids, and i think the impact of Maria Montessori’s genius helped make us the obsessive design lovers we are today.

*notcot - 12.13.06 , 01:03 - 0 Notes

Vinyl Toy Network

Stopped by the Vinyl Toy Network Holiday Show in Pasadena this weekend, and got a chance to meet up with all the folks of Pop Cling ~ and it was really fun to get to check out all their new decks and stickers in person (you may remember my flower girl review?)… the quality of these decks are amazing and really the perfect gift for art lovers that need a little extra something to hang on their walls, since i can’t imagine using such beautiful pieces for much else! They just launched the new Jeremyville decks, and have a LOT of new stickers since they showed off their first collection in our gallery. More images to feel like you were there - below.

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*notcot - 12.06.06 , 21:42 - 0 Notes

Buy your DIY

Ever have one of those days where you feel like making something, but don’t quite feel up to the planning, scheming, home depot-ing? Well for those of you who fall into the “buy your DIY” category, or who need that “personal gift” for someone… PhotoJojo just sent me their latest Photo Blocks Kit (where you can create mix and match puzzle like images), instant postcard photo frames (love the plastic quality of these! and will survive all types of weather!), and their magnetic photo rope.

So, get crafty! I’m in love with their Photorope currently - but i’m a sucker for magnets (never quite did outgrow that phase)… and i’m thinking of coating those Photo Blocks with wrapping paper on one side, and a letter and pictures/collage on the other as a gift. (hm, if i give this to you, act surprised!)

*notcot - 12.03.06 , 16:20 - 1 Notes

O Plus D Party

Remember my obsession with O Plus D (if not, you simply MUST go see here)~ Well their designer, Olga Krigman, threw a little holiday sale/gathering at La Dita in Echo Park last night, and it was more like a mini gallery showing of all the cards up on the walls. Each and every one even more fun to see and read in person (gorgeous rounded edges and printed on great card stock!) Pics below ~ And if you haven’t stocked up on holiday cards yet, this is the ONLY way to go. Well, they are the best i’ve seen around anyhow!

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*notcot - 11.25.06 , 19:23 - 0 Notes

Creature Off My Back

For all Geoff McFetridge fans… Creature Off My Back was done in collaboration with King Of Mountain. Fun little poem and more images below… “If you ask some people… some people agree, Like your shirt says “yes” and mine says “oui”….

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*notcot - 11.16.06 , 00:02 - 0 Notes


Smush Bush! Makes me giggle. As do non stop 12+ hours work days on 5 hours sleep. This went around the office today and i couldn’t help but share it, Urban Outfitters has such great images. It’s a “no brainer”. [Unfortunately SmushBush.com isn’t working]

*notcot - 11.10.06 , 15:02 - 0 Notes

Recycle Your Decks!

RUGenius created this recycle your decks! as “just a continually growing collection of sweet products made from recycled decks…surf, skate or snow.” We got a bit stumped and were a little sad we didn’t find better designer goodness to add to it… anyone have suggestions? One more find i came across for her to add is shown below - its like the ultimate lazy susan. [Also, click the specific items in the image above to check out what she has to say about each and every one, post made with Blog-It]

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*notcot - 10.17.06 , 01:52 - 0 Notes

Lamy Pickup Pro

Lamy’s were always my first love when it came to nice pens, i had a few 2 and 3 in ones in those nice black metal barrels, always LOVED the weight of them. Take a look at the new Lamy Pickup Pro, designed by Wolfgang Fabian. It’s literally a pen in a pen, but not in the twist to switch style, more like there’s a mini highlighter you can unlock by pressing the yellow button, and then it pops out the top. (Nice for two handed, write+highlight). It is described as naturally anodized aluminum barrel with massive, spring-mounted metal clip, turning mechanism and movable telescopic point.

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*notcot - 10.11.06 , 00:19 - 0 Notes


Remember WindowZoo (old post here)? Those fun bird silhouettes that are being set free around the world then photographed and and flickr’d and mapped? Well it took over a month, but some finally flew over here from Switzerland… so check out the images and packaging below. Since they JUST arrived, i have not yet decided where to free my mini flock of hummingbirds (one landed on my powerbook and looks like its about to be eaten by the apple), two flamingos, and two eagles(?)… ideas? The image above is a fun postcard that was included… mesmerizing graphic.

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*notcot - 09.30.06 , 21:57 - 1 Notes

Borba Margo

Borba Margo, it’s a British line. Had a bit of trouble finding much info, so feel free to enlighten me. Noticed their “Break Up” keyring over at Colette, and since there was no explanation of the name, my imagination ran wild and noticing i had the keys from some ex’s apts and my old apts on my keychain for some reason, felt like theirs was symbolic of a break-up where the heads of those keys strung together represent pasts not to revisit. From what little i know of the brand… Colette gives us this: Borba and Margo produce objects that in their own words “cherish human desires and fantasies revealing something essentially magical.” So while googling them… also came across their collection at Rendez-vous Paris, and the Large Safety Pin purse and necklace/purse were quite fun as well.

*notcot - 09.26.06 , 12:22 - 1 Notes


The genius that is MOO launched last week, and i’ve been meaning to post it for days now, naively thinking that in between everything else i would have had time to arrange photos, and print cards, and come up with great images to show. Unfortunately life got in the way momentarily - so here’s a post just in case any readers haven’t heard about them yet… What is MOO? It makes your flickr pools something tangible and useful - business cards in the proportions i love, but with any images you choose on the other sides! Adorable, playful, genius ~ also check out the MOO HQ Flickr set - i love seeing their behind the scenes shots of these great little cards.

*notcot - , 11:55 - 0 Notes

Colette relaunch

French uber-boutique Colette relaunched their site today - not as much Cap & Pep, but they are still around. First things first - a warning - the voices - wow. Quickly veering into the land of the creepy and anime and annoying… but yet the bounciness of the robot/TV headed guys still amuses me to roll over. It sounds a lot like Super Milk Chan (in other words, i’m constantly waiting for the robots to yell YOU DUMBASS! ~ if you don’t understand just move along). And as always, more great products to shop through…

*notcot - 09.22.06 , 16:41 - 0 Notes


Puzzle design is one of those realms that is the ultimate challenge on so many levels, and there are some incredibly gorgeous pieces that get made. Ironically i was recently talking to someone about how we haven’t seen any enticing new wood/metal puzzles lately, and then up pops a .org post by Benjamin with the 2006 entrants to the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition. And best/worst part is… you can read through pdfs of all the solutions to these mind bending puzzles as well (something about puzzle solutions is just as fascinating to me as sitting working on them ~ so i’ve included the gorgeous solution to the pencil puzzle below)

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*notcot - , 11:59 - 4 Notes

PingMag on Lelo

It has come up a lot this week ~ designer sex toys ~ all over the net, but especially on .org. So when i just came across the latest PINGmag article, and it had great images of the Lelo display at Lyon Mode City tradeshow, as well as an insightful and thoughtfully laid out interview with the founder of Sense & Sensuality ~ it felt worth a mention. Is it really any wonder that designer sextoys are popping up everywhere now? It is often that well designed objects with gorgeous curves are described as “sexy” and are certainly lust worthy (insert mental image of your favorite sports car here) ~ so why shouldn’t sex toys be “sexy” in design? Other recent roundups of the designer sextoy trend are Haute Sex and Haute Sex II at Coolhunting and even Treehugger TV did their “How to buy a green sex toy” episode. So anyhow, just wanted to make a note of the exponentially growing trend in the design world ~ and Lelo still has my vote for being one of the most consistently design conscious lines out there ~ nice to see how well branded everything from their packaging and product design are to their display with the bottom lighting, clean eye-catching photography, and well dressed creative director is (previous review and post about them here)

*notcot - 09.21.06 , 16:27 - 4 Notes

Dry Erase Markers!

It is a mock up sitting cross legged on the floor at the giant whiteboard kind of day… and went by OfficeMax and the latest in dry-erase marker design was worth a review! Gone are the days of boring markers that you can attach to make giant marker wands (think, i’m sure you know what i mean)… but now there are magnetic markers - built in erasers in the caps are default - and any color you can imagine is possible. The forerunners in design and functionality in my books are Expo (classic) and new OfficeMax Exclusive TUL (with a line over the U), which is designed in the US but made in S. Korea. (TUL also has some new rollerball and gel pens as well - which aren’t as good as their packaging - see below)… Here’s what i love about each: Expos in thick and thin form have great colors, love the grip, replaceable eraser tips (look like mini mics), and the free tote with super strength magnetic hooks is genius. TUL - they are MAGNETIC! the side of the grip with a U (magnet icon i presume) actually holds it up on the board! Additionally they also have an eraser tip, but its more like a thick felt pad. It is triangular prism shaped, reminding me of those little kid pencils they use to teach you how to hold it properly… and they just look cool scattered across the board. Lots of pics below…

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