*notcot - 01.16.06 , 00:53 - 0 Notes


Ok back to more regularly scheduled content - do you slip when doing the yoga/pilates thing too? Or just like the feel of little nubby rubbery bits? (they remind me of these “tic tac toe” brand socks my mom used to have me wear that kept me from wiping out all over the slick hardwood floors when i was a wee one) Anyhow, these brilliantly beautiful Yogitoes apply the concept of those childhood socks to towels/mats/etc while you attempt to stretch and hold poses in yoga/pilates/etc. Found them at Fred Segal the other day. They’d make a great gift… *hint hint*

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Books make us free…

booktin.jpgWandering Borders the other day, and came across this great gift tin for 99 cents - it had a holder inside of it for a gift card (so the width of that is perhaps 4” for the tin)… but the holder pops out, and it makes for a great little mailer/gift package for small items, and just looks nice on the shelf. The quote on the front is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Some books leave us free, and some books make us free.”

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*notcot - 01.15.06 , 23:33 - 0 Notes

Leg - Pen

This pen came in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago - and i simply had to shoot and share it. Its a rather heavy metal leg in fact… where you turn that tip to make the pen appear… refillable cartridges and everything. My mom wants to know whether we can ask for a left leg as well to complete the set… or whether they were biased to the right leg for extra space. Nicely packed too, apparently bubble wrapped and sealed into its own section in the bottom of the plastic bag the WSJ is delivered in every morning.

*notcot - 01.08.06 , 23:58 - 0 Notes


dsc_0796mkb.jpgYes i admit i’m a moleskine lover. There is something about their clean timeless designs, and i love the thick paper for sketching and scribbling. And the elastic. It is SO all about the elastic and that back pocket… Anyhow, not sure how i got to this site, but somehow ended up at this Moleskinery blog… and find it quite amusing… and these cute little 1” buttons to show your moleskine love (and they are just kind of pretty)… 5$ for the 9 set…

*notcot - 12.27.05 , 04:23 - 0 Notes

Demonic Minis

11352.jpg I NEED THESE. Imagine everyone’s house you visit—- and just leaving one hidden somewhere (like inside a medicine cabinet)… or in stores… or photographing them in the least expected places (or on people’s shoulders). We all have a devil’s advocate around in our heads, this is just an adorably miniature manifestation of them (in a box of 50 for about 10$), which i suppose are intended for cocktails… Archie McPhee

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candycatcher.pngWe’ve all played those annoying claw machines at arcades/random restaurants/etc etc, even if you don’t want to admit it. As a belated Jermacide present, this post goes out to him since he tried so hard at one to get this adorable stuffed animal baby boar (maybe i’ll post it someday) for me… anyhow, in decorating his new office, i think this is just what is missing…

What more would you want from your co-workers than to “Feel the frustration as you try to extract on from this irritatingly difficult machine before the music runs out!”… From the perfectly named store Perpetual Kid

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Chopstick Kids

chopkids.pngJermacide was sending me mobile pics from the LACMA store earlier today, and amongst the goodies were these hilarious chopstick kids… literal plastic kids… who’s legs you extend with your own chopsticks… and then *poof* chopstick training devices… “Chinese with ease”… uh, nice? But on the brightside, it’s kind of a cute playful gift.

*notcot - 12.17.05 , 21:16 - 0 Notes

Suburbia in a Bag

4547315689224.jpgSuburbia in a bag! The clean minimalistic playful Muji has come through on fun little holiday gifts with this Suburbia in a bag [keep in mind there is also Village in a bag, as well as London, New York, and Paris in bags]… for a mere 6 pounds. Cute gift, not that i’d neccessarily want to encourage kids to build in suburban style at too young an age, but it could be a nice tongue in cheek gift for your local real estate developer?

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*notcot - 12.10.05 , 01:26 - 0 Notes

iCar… *sigh*

I’m a little mixed on how i feel on this one. But i LOVE playsam, and was always a sucker for their great red/black/silver/brown laquered woody pieces… this is still gorgeous though. And i definitely see the crowd that gets targeted by them. Ahhhh toys.

*notcot - 11.23.05 , 23:21 - 0 Notes


winelights.pngWine candles… I never quite understood why tea lights were called tea lights… but following the same logic, i’m assuming these would work to be wine lights? Adorably brilliant and simple idea to make use of the wine bottles which are around… =) [these are also by &Design]

*notcot - 11.22.05 , 18:10 - 0 Notes

Merci - Snow&Graham

girl.png Just taking a second to say thanks to everyone who’s been reading Notcot, and dealing with the days (ok sometimes week) that i don’t get to posting and finding things to share.

So take a look at these adorable cards and coasters and labelgrams from Snow & Graham, two Art Institue of Chicago grads who ran with their dreams in 1998 and founded this exquisite stationery line.

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Homage to the Classic Lamps

dek1b.jpgMagical! There’s just something about these lamps by New Yorker Mark McKenna… They are something like a hybrid between the idea of those tiniest led flashlights posted about earlier. This one is a replica of my favorite Lucellino by Ingo Maurer. Other’s in the DEK series (Designer Emulation Kits) are Castiglioni’s Arco and Toio as well as Sapper’s Tizio. Brilliant. and Functional!

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Skull Stationery

skullstationery.jpg Found this company while wandering Villian’s Vault on Haight… would LOVE to have this… wouldn’t it be fun if i hand wrote posts? literally? “In a time where emails and text messages are commonplace, the traditional handwritten letter gains more importance… and when it comes time to write that ultimate love letter, or goodbye, nothing can replace sitting down at your old fashioned desk, pulling out this velvet lined engraved box, opening it to expose the delicate set of little skull stationery, while dipping your feather pen in its pot, and letting the words flow.” Can you imagine how incredible it would be to put all your old styled wit and evil plans down on this skull stationery? It really puts the process back into writing… in an elegantly devious way… I have fallen for the products by D.L.&Co… more to come in another post later?

*notcot - 11.19.05 , 00:06 - 0 Notes

Wine on Tap

ww_w3192.jpgIt’s Wine on Tap… interesting combo of my favorite classic looking faucet… and a cork screw? Interesting to look at, not sure how functional…

*notcot - 11.16.05 , 16:03 - 0 Notes

Anvil Paperie

anvil.jpgposted to C&M… found these at the Dock Downtown, and fell for the octopi, especially the one that squirts. The quality is great, and it’s almost too beautiful to waste on covering gifts… The Anvil Neo Tokyo Giftwrap line is just in time for the holidays, and versatile enough to enamor any recipient, that they may barely notice the gift beneath it. Described by Anvil as “evoking a sophisticated playfulness” with its mix of warm and cool colors, and using Japanese inspired patterns to create that “uplifting, with an airy, lighthearted quality”… these gift wrap sheets will brighten anyone’s day. Additionally, some of these patterns are also available in matching Gift Cards, Gift Bags, and Journals. The designers at Anvil have been winning design awards since 2002 with their ability to “mix traditional Asian motifs with a twist of modernism”, having been shown in Print, HOW, and Creativity, and more.

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