*rugenius - 11.30.11 , 20:30 - 0 Notes

Crumpled City Junior Maps by Palomar

mapjr.jpg Remember the Crumpled City Maps we first found at Selfridges? Now Palomar have created a new series of Crumpled City Junior Maps featuring illustration from Alvvino and designed by Emanuele Pizzolorusso! The soft, light, waterproof maps for young urban explorers currently come in 5 cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York and Paris… what does that mean? These maps have lots of fun young must see destinations from monuments and parks to circuses and more! See more photos of these great crumpled maps on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.29.11 , 00:15 - 1 Notes

New Mexico Biopark Society River of Lights

biopark00.jpgThis post is part of NOTCOT Having Fun In The Dark series sponsored by Canon Powershot’s Your Second Shot While taking pictures in the dark often means standing super still, you may still end up with more graininess than usual… armed with Canon’s low-light HS SYSTEM, you can trust the tech to help you capture the perfect shot the first time!

Wow. Our Tasteologie Editor (and resident photographer), Jackson Stakeman, was in Albuquerque, NM for the holidays and while wandering around in search of awesome holiday lights ~ ended up discovering this insane holiday light show at the New Mexico Biopark Society ~ they turn their botanic gardens into the “River of Lights”! Even better ~ as far as how much energy it takes to power this glittering installation, their site says, “the River of Lights crew, which works year-round to design and build new sculpture, in addition to repairing and refurbishing old ones, has begun using more LED lighting in the construction of new pieces and replacing incandescent bulbs in some of the older pieces.” Take a peek on the next page at the spectacle of lights in the form of gardens, whales, octopi, t-rexs, cars, and so much more… and there’s even a video at the end to give you a feel for the experience!

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*rugenius - 11.25.11 , 01:30 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Christmas markets, coral lodges and Canadian escapes are all a part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 11.21.11 , 19:00 - 0 Notes

Operation Window Seat - Rüdiger Nehmzow

clouds0.jpg While this isn’t exactly a “window” seat ~ the stunning images of Rüdiger Nehmzow certainly fits in the category of stunning views from above into clouds and the world beneath. What really sets Nehmzow’s photographs apart is his technique… taking a plane up a few miles into the air over Manaus, Brazil, he takes pictures out of the open DOOR! (Don’t worry, he’s armed with oxygen mask and protection from the freezing temperatures!) These took my breath away when i saw them over at Cup of Jo! Take a peek at the making of video as well as some of my favorite shots from Rüdiger Nehmzow’s Cloud Collection on the next page!

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*rugenius - 11.18.11 , 00:12 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Firefly squid, grandeur in Bordeaux and underground hotels are all a part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

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*notcot - 11.15.11 , 00:10 - 0 Notes

Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Night

superdome0.jpgThis post is part of NOTCOT Having Fun In The Dark series sponsored by Canon Powershot’s Your Second Shot While taking pictures in the dark means standing super still, you may still end up with more graininess than usual …armed with Canon’s low-light HS SYSTEM, you can trust the tech to help you capture the perfect shot the first time!

A month and a bit ago the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans became the Mercedes-Benz Superdome… it is also the largest fixed domed structure in the world, designed New Orleans modernist architectural firm of Curtis and Davis. And our Tasteologie Editor, Jackson, had quite the view of it from the New Orleans Hyatt this weekend ~ coming home with some stunning pics and a video of the light show that takes place on at night… it glows through a rainbow of colors! Take a peek at some of the variations on the next page!

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*rugenius - 11.11.11 , 01:01 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Bustling Captetown, the world’s least crowded places and the incredible Machu Picchu express are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each adventure, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 11.08.11 , 11:20 - 0 Notes

LUMIÉRE New York by Stephanie Izzo

canony1.jpg This post is part of NOTCOT Having Fun In The Dark series sponsored by Canon Powershot’s Your Second Shot! While taking pictures in the dark means standing super still, you may still end up with more graininess than usual …armed with Canon’s low-light HS SYSTEM, you can trust the tech to help you capture the perfect shot the first time!

One of the most surreal and perhaps even magical aspects of night photography is when the camera manages to capture views that even your naked eye couldn’t imagine. To turn that sensitivity so far up that every seemingly dim/dark speck of light simply glows is stunning. One of the photographers who’s night photos we love does this beautifully ~ Stephanie Izzo’s Lumiére series of magically sparkling postcard like images are gorgeous! Take a peek at her view on New York on the next page… makes me almost ready to hop a plane over now!

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*rugenius - 11.04.11 , 01:49 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Husky safaris, ghost towns and Italy’s macabre past are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 10.28.11 , 01:17 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Scenic trains through the Swiss alps, New Zealand super lodges and plenty of winter sun are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. For more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 10.14.11 , 02:55 - 0 Notes

Veuve Clicquot Hotel du Marc

hdm0.jpg Embargoed until a few hours ago ~ it’s been driving me crazy to sit on these pictures from my few hours in Reims, France for lunch a few weeks ago! Veuve Clicquot’s Hotel du Marc, which is barely a hotel at all ~ more of a magical guest mansion of sorts in Reims that Veuve Cliquot uses for special occasions ~ has recently finished its restoration/remodel which now includes some lovely themed guest rooms filled with modern art as well as hints of its past! From the beautiful staircase and the Chanel like faceted mirrors, to the Veuve-yellow Smeg and wall of champagne… the ornate chandeliered dining rooms to the modern portraits lining the hallway to the guest rooms… there is so much to take in, but here’s a first peek into their world!

p.s. you can also catch me in a few reflections rocking the super yellow veuve apron…

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NotVentures Roundup

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Cave hunting in Thailand, stunning Sardinia and a 48 hour adventure in Amman are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 10.08.11 , 11:15 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Visits to an elephant camp, idyllic Antarctica and the Valley of the Sliding Stones are all a part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each adventure, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 09.30.11 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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A secret river under London, touring JPL and islands to visit before they disappear are all a part of this week’s roundup NotVentures. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 09.28.11 , 17:35 - 2 Notes

Method x Denham’s ‘The Journeyman’

etails.jpg Our London-based editor Justine Aw catches up with the latest action from the London Design Festival!

Stunning. It really is all about the details in this beautiful wooden steamer trunk. Method furniture created ‘The Journeyman’, a modern portmanteau steamer trunk for a jeanmaker. The trunk was created in collaboration with Denham and is a modern take on a classic design to be used for both display and transportation of stock. The framework of the piece is constructed of solid ash and gently curved rather than straight, almost canoe-like, creating greater rib-strength and allowing the trunk to rest comfortably on its side. The design is thoughtful and elegant throughout as well as lovingly constructed by hand with over 200 interconnected traditional joins and over 150 hand-Japanned custom engineered fixings. See pictures of it from London Design Week as well as the making-of video, pics, and sketches on the next page…

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