Our first installment is on a brilliant and unique shopping experience that has popped up around Berlin, the Kwikshop where everything for sale is in stacked cucbicles in the large front window and can be purchased from a clerk via a small hatch. These tiny storefronts shops specialize in catering to window-shoppers and the immediate needs of the populace. The ultimate in convenience for both the shopper and seller as the stock can easily be switched around to suit the current climate / needs / mood. Raining out? Put out the galoshes and umbrellas. Had a little too much fun the night before? A Kwikshop can set you right with a clean set of underwear and toothbrush/toothpaste. Even if you need something as obscure as german golden and diamond ring rubber stamps, they have what you need, when you need it. The whole idea is just great and completely random but brilliant.
“they’re like sex toys you want on your mantle” …says fashion writer kristopher dukes, who is a girl, not a gay man. <— her words not mine! Anyhow, we were chatting, she shared these, and they quickly jumped into our more than just a toy, but a piece of art category- a little something to take that pleasure to a luxurious level - and some gorgeous packaging as well.
Here is Mi-Su ~ Their Sexual Aesthetics Collection is made of solid titanium, rose quartz and obsidian, and adorned with diamonds, sapphires and other precious and semi-precious stones ~ you can also get bespoke toys, simply sending in your designs and which materials you would like, they will work with you to make it happen.
Raised on Monopoly as one of the best board games ever (just look at those icons and imagery on there) - i even had the stock options kit… but what in my real life was missing? Credit and Debit cards! So for these crazy new kids of today who may not be able to relate as well to paper money… there is now Monopoly Here & Now Electronic Edition. Did you know it was first offered in 1935, to offer players a form of financial escapism during the country’s worst financial depression? Unfortunately this is only available for the UK edition so far, but they are considering bringing it to the US version as well. Oh and apparently things have changed for these new versions… “Cards that once rewarded players for winning a beauty contest now compensate them for winning a reality TV show. Completing a full circuit around the board is worth two million English pounds, not 200.”
Any band that can rock the US all summer long touring… sponsored and playing their way through the LIBRARIES of America and have gorgeous posters and cover art is ok in my books. Even if they ARE “Harry and the Potters”, i think i might have to go check out out their show at the La Public Library. Yes i will be that big kid in the back. I posted one of their videos on .org a while back ~ and you can hit up their myspace for some listening pleasure. They crack me up. Check out the sweet cover art here… can you believe they have 3 albums? Oh and that Draco and the Malfoys are opening for them? And in case you haven’t guessed yet - they are pretty emo.
If you could be any animal, what would you be? Well right now i think i’d have to choose Roebling, the Bklyn Bunny… i mean, check it out - he has it made! A sweet clean classy website, some pretty comfy looking designer diggs, and that is some eyeliner that even the best of plastic surgeons couldn’t make happen… not to mention one of the cutest logos around. But the reality tv show feel of his life with constant webcam coverage i could do without. Go
spy on watch him here. found this guy over at popgadget.
Was browsing ProductDose and found this Pegster piece by Plodes Studio highly amusing, and painfully tedious (i could imagine a little kid coming over and either a) pulling out all the pegs or b) rearranging them all insanely)… very lite brite minus the lites. Wooden pegs in high density foam. As for Da Jesus - you know those chalk outlines around dead bodies in crime scenes? Yea. Reminiscent of that.
I just found this set of free postcards i forgot i had slipped into my bag in London - Beetle Art! Apparently in the UK, VW has released a set of 4 vinyl sticker sets from 4 top artists. They start at 45 pounds for a single panel, to 200 pounds for the entire car. You can mix and match color combinations and models over at the site. I personally like the birds the best out of the four, but not sure if i could imagine having it on my car - but the concept is quite fun.
Ok, for all you pilates, yoga, and anti-slip-and-slide aficionados - Yogitoes are for you. I posted about them previously. Well, we’ve been test-driving them here the last few months (and you will see them again in our premier photoshoot, which i will be launching very very soon!) - courtesy of the folks at Yogitoes… and i can’t imagine life without them! My ultimate test was if i put it down on the wood floor in the hallway and took a running start, would i slide all the way down? (in socks i can) - well believe it or not, it barely budged. When it comes to yoga and pilates, you do sweat, and it is gross to have to either a) sweaty towel sliding around on mats of b) mat with built in cloth top, which is hard to wash. Also throw in wanting a way to not have to carry the yoga mat around (travel, last minute decision to go to class) - and you can just use this Yogitoes’ Skidless over the mats available at the gym! Unless you like looking special carrying that oversized yoga-mat around… So its been perfect for travelling, and perhaps it would even be perfect if you were to lay out on some super smooth slanted surface for a while… afterall with those magical rubbery nobs, your Skidless can be as versatile as you are creative.
Stitches posted these great IRKED Pin Cushions to .org! And the concept and execution were really fun, and seemed like a good sunday post. Usually, i imagine pin cushins with lots of straight pins sticking out like the pricks of a porcupine… i feel a little silly not having thought of how much fun pin cushions for 1” buttons could be! From the Button Arcade.
What could be more cool than SKULL+CUBE=SKUBE! These newest pieces by Jamungo (the blowupdolls guys - you know the bomb head figures?) are SO SWEET, they are actually making me consider going to comicon to check them out. According to VinylPulse (where i found these great images of their test pulls) “SDCC will be your first opportunity to see the 4”x4”x4” Sqube up close and personal. At this point there’s no word on release dates. Here’s the edition breakdown: white -500, black -350, glow -250, clear -100, clear green - 50”
Hey they are organic. The catnip, inside the birds. These are the funniest, most sinister and minimalist cat toys i’ve seen. And apparently they are “life sized”. Found these over at Greener Grass Design - the lovely ladies over there have the best taste! And this 2:50am, Shade Elaine and i have had an extrordinarily long busy and extremely productive day with all things NOTCOT and are starting to lose it - yet can’t stop finding more to amuse ourselves with. So if you haven’t yet seen the Monkey Food Diet guy over at .org, you are missing out, actually today has been a particular good day at .org, an abundance of quality finds.
It’s World Cup time, so i’m entitled to post as many balls as i want - and you must admit these couldn’t be passed up. Via .org this gem from the SF Gate - “Heads will roll: Just in time for the World Cup, visitors to the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts can bounce Bush or Blair, corner-kick Clinton or soccer-punch Saddam. Kendell Geers’ interactive art, titled Masked Ball, is one of 24 football-themed works by international artists. “
GOOOOOOOOOAL! Everyone’s doing it. World Cup season is officially here when every designer seems to be making their own balls ~ Love these Freitag ones (ok, so who am i kidding, we all know i love all things freitag more or less) - especially their disclaimer: “The ranking expressed here follows purely aesthetical criteria and does not necessarily reflect the views of Freitag staff or the Swiss Football Association.” - some days, aesthetics rankings are just as crucial.