This post is a sponsored series that takes a fun peek at the gorgeous details of modern life. The irresistible design details that enhance our lives… Gillette is the sponsor (Thanks, Gillette!)… but, as always, the post and ideas are 100% NOTCOT!
I had no idea a printer could be such a lustworthy design object ~ inside and out! HP sent over one of the new HP Envy100 e-All-in-One, and it’s kind of magical. Firstly, it looks like a sleek black box with some mirrored details, like the dots on the top… but really, it looks like a box, it doesn’t scream printer/scanner/networked object. In fact, at first glance, i didn’t even understand where the paper went IN or came out. Secondly, it comes wrapped in minimal packaging! The final layer being a reusable bag - that is subtly patterned, a pretty nice tote shape, and perfect for groceries. It’s even the world’s first PVC free printer. Thirdly, it is not only wirelessly networked, it can be printed to from ANYWHERE. Via email! Yes, emailing to print… is like faxing minus the phone line?
So those are the three things that blew my mind first. It’s surprisingly stylish and un-printer like… unexpectedly green from unboxing to materials… and they’ve made great use of the wireless connection! Now the last thing i expected to find useful… the APPS. With its 3.45” highres capacitive touchscreen (basically, its like a smart phone built into it)… you can browse and download apps… without touching a computer, someone who’s lost and needs directions home can browse google maps, and print out two sided page of directions. Surprisingly easily. Coloring pages - paper toy designs - recipes… just like that! Even movie tickets… though it does feel weird feeding my credit card number into my PRINTER. You can even play Sudoku on it… i guess good for office while you’re waiting for it to print/scan? But you have to see the pics on the next page… and what’s inside it… as well as FINLEY! My CubeeCraft i couldn’t help making after printing him out to get some action pics for this post. A printer that distracts me with toys to build… devious!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #28 is here ~ and today our friend from ISO50 is giving one lucky reader a super bundle from the shop: a choice of tshirt, a choice of thermal shirt, a choice of giclee, the Tycho Past is Prologue cd, and a Past is Prologue poster. As always, ISO50’s work is this brilliant mix of audio and visual inspiration… and his latest offerings are as inspiring as ever!
For a chance to win leave a comment by midnight on Dec 26th (PST) ~ sharing your favorite song this year!
TIME/LIFE: Science/Library - A Revolution in a Quiet Room… WOW. Mixing Dan Funderburgh’s signature detailed style with the scientific retro slant of TIME/LIFE… all in gorgeous Vallery in Barcelona. WIsh i could be there! And wishing i could get that microscope wallpaper you see above! Also the jellyfish and other bio organism vinyl stickers on the walls look stunning as well! See more pictures i found over at Funderburgh’s flickr feed after pouring over the Fox Is Black’s post… as well as some from the Vallery, which even has prints for sale!
“It’s a 60’s post modern gingerbread house. Although I hesitate to call it a house… It’s more of a Palazzo.” And then i can’t help giggling. And then once i stop… can’t help but note what an awesome gingerbread palazzo that is! The whole Acura Season for Reason ad campaign by RP& is pretty cute ~ though there’s a tiny part of me that wants the ridiculousness they mock in the ads more than reason! See the chestnut roaster and the awesome xmas tree/live reindeer/etc, as well as the Gingerbread Palazzo ad on the next page!
UPDATE: Congrats to Morgan in NYC!
For a chance to win leave a comment by midnight on Dec 24th (PST) ~ sharing how you help conserve energy with the abundance of gadgets we all have these days!
Gift Guide time! This time ideas for the Jetsetter On The Go ~ unlike the Business Traveler on the Go list, this list is more for that person on an escape! a vacation! a luxurious relaxing getaway… ok fine, this is secretly a wishlist of sorts as well… may 2011 hold the kind of vacations that need the goodies on the next page ;)
Go see the list!
SO MUCH INSPIRATION! It’s been a really fun week over at NOTCOT.org, so just in case you missed any of our favorites, click the pics above to find out more! Also, don’t forget, we’re a curated user submission system, so feel free to click the Submit New Link button to send things on to our editors if you find something awesome!
UPDATE: Congrats to Federica in Milan, Italy and Ryan in Vancouver, Canada!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #26 is here ~ and today our friends from MOR are giving two lucky readers: a Dear Mr. Partrdige Gift Set, or a Soap Opera Gift Set! I’ve long been a drawn in by MOR’s gorgeous packaging tins, and the blood orange scent is just divine! Aren’t these gift sets lovely? See more on the next page…
For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 23rd (PST) ~ sharing why you need some MOR to clean up your world…
On going full circle ~ the toy movement has come back around to stunning luxurious porcelain figurines… French company, Art & Toy, has just started selling the new figures by K. Olin Tribu, who has worked with the finest porcelain sculpture modeler, great artists and designers to manufacture limited edition toys in Limoges porcelain. The beautiful Potamus Anarchy figures in black and red editions is a collaboration between Frank Kozik & K.Olin Tribu. There’s something so awesome about seeing the signature angsty cigarette wielding creatures of Kozik cast in porcelain… anarchy gone fine art? And in such beautiful packaging as well! See lots of detail pics on the next page…
UPDATE: Congrats to Lesley in London, England!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #25 is here ~ and today our friends from Skiphop are giving two lucky readers: a Night and Day Discovery Toy, a Friendly Forest Mirror, and Zoo Bookends. Skip Hop has some of the nicest designed baby goodness ~ and we just did an interview with the Skip Hop founders on American Express’ site for Small Business Owners, Open Forum!
For a chance to win leave a comment by midnight on Dec 22st (PST) ~ share your favorite forest animal!
Save the date! Jan 15th. Gallery 1988 : Venice (Grand Opening!) presents MULTIPLAYER: Limited Edition Posters Inspired By Video Games! And curated by the super awesome OMG Posters. As they say - “Opening January 15th at their new Venice gallery, Multiplayer will feature over 30 limited edition prints based on classic video games. You can see most of the artists on the list below, but there will also be a surprise or two.” Can’t wait!
UPDATE: Congrats to Laura in Glendale, CA!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #24 is here ~ and today our friends from A+R are giving one lucky reader: David Turpin & Native Union’s Moshi Moshi MM03 Bluetooth Cellphone + VOIP Handset. I can’t even tell you how incredible this feels in your hand… and the subtle design details of how nicely the phone sets down with the rubber in the base… swoon - additionally it even has volume control on the handset and a choice of 4 ringtones!
For a chance to win leave a comment by midnight on Dec 21st (PST) ~ telling us who the first person you’d call would be (and if you’re feeling chatty, what would you say?)
Traveling constantly and for different reasons result in SO many different packing techniques and needs… well this time we’re looking at Business Travelers. Non stop, constantly hopping on and off phone calls, netbooking on the go, in and out of airport lounges and cars/taxis and hotels… never even knowing what city you’re flying to or departing from… it’s a stressful, fast paced life of madness to say the least! So what would you gift them (or yourself if you are one?) to help ease that crazy? See some of my picks on the next page!