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Squid! Baster. Silicon.

baste_k8611.jpg11_red_mitt.jpgSilicon: you squish it, it comes back. You heat it, it survives. Naturally what else would you ever use to design cooking goods, especially a Squid inspired cooking baster? Today’s theme is Silicon cooking goods. Its a great innovation recently in kitchen accessories, and as far as design, this is the most uniquely appealing one i found.

Enter Isi’s Orka line of silicon goods, there is also the Silicon Oven Mitt, with a slight hint of an orca like shape… so part hand puppet, part useful heat resistant glove.

*NOTCOT in playful - 04.03.05 -

UberORBS!

magnetoids.jpgpos_small.jpgUberORBS. The name says it all. “Mysterious Toy, Obvious Attraction”.

They chirp. They whirrr. They are mysteriously irresistible! Magnetoids seem simple enough - two finely polished, high powered, oval shaped magnets. Each is about 2.5 inches long. But pull them apart, toss them in the air, bring them next to each other - and they enthusiastically come to life!
Driven by powerful magnetic attraction and repulsion, these space age looking ellipsoids continually strive to stay in perfect balance with each other. This magnetic balancing act results in a wide variety of mysterious chirping noises that are at once both unnerving and mesmerizing.
Whether they’re being used as a desk toy, stress reliever, science experiment, or magnetic oddity, you’ll find that humans are as attracted to the Magnetoid ellipsoids as they are to each other. Magnetoids are set to become the hottest new stress relieving gizmo - sure to find their way to a desk near you.

Additionally, these things make fun sounds as well as crazy “tricks” which you can view in many little videos. Also, heed the ThinkGeek warning. (see after jump). UberORBS

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*NOTCOT in tech - 04.02.05 -

Ethernet Wearables?

superlooper2.jpgFirst things first, i wish this came in black. That being said, Its a nice idea, simplifying down an internet crossover cable into simply the adapter (and a keychain or tiny portable version) at that.

Or you could just carry the Ethernet Crossover Adapter on your keyring and forget about those stupid numbers. Along with our Ethernet Loopback Jack, the crossover adapter could just help you out of a tight network jam. And besides, having this adapter on your keyring quietly shows the world your status as a prepared geek.

Yea, a “prepared geek”… or someone who appreciates some of the finer details that make life easier at those unsuspecting moments? And see the Internet Loopback Jack below… i kind of like the colors/design of that one better… talk about a bizarre necklace. Hm or a new variation of those BFF heart necklaces you break in half and give half to your friend? They are two of a kind, and fit together nicely…ThinkGeek

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Dutch Tiling… a new era

ameland-z4.jpgIt’s the blue and white glossed on ceramic. It must be. Or perhaps just something about that clean aesthetic derived from turning any subject matter into feeling like a simple peaceful happy visual. But that’s the effect that Dutch Tile Design has on me, a strangely inexplicable appeal… drawing me in to stare at them endlessly (see Pepin Press post, and go check out their Dutch Tile Designs book of high quality images)

Thanks Wooster, for finding Hugo Kaagman’s work, which truly takes traditional Dutch Tile Design to the next level, challenging the medium and style to force you to re-evaluate your perspective of subjects matters, from pop culture to a tribute to jazz musicians. Must see gallery online.

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Garden Geta

frontiso.jpgI’m a flip flop girl. Admittedly these have less flips and flops, and more plink plunk type sounds… but i love this image. Another woody wonder by Joey Roth.

●These geta are modeled on a traditional Japanese design, and form a rough circle when viewed from above. ●The finish is sandblasted so that the wear that comes from using the geta while gardening only adds to their beauty. ●Both geta are carved from the same piece of wood.

Pretty to look at, are they not?

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SHIKA!

side.jpgI fell in love with the simplicty of this object… and the ideas it brings to mind. “Slant Stacks” are the new visual in my head, the idea of transorming the way things naturally tend to pile on my desk, coffee tables, shelves, and in my car. I like the idea of using simple objects to recreate, or shape a space that they will occupy anyhow.

This is also just a gorgeous piece of wood, given an innovative use, which becomes more pleasing to look at as it is being used. SHIKA! Not to mention mad props to Joey Roth on not only designing but naming this object to make it unforgetable.

*NOTCOT in me - 04.01.05 -

Rent-a-German

german.jpgApril Fool’s Day. But i didn’t find this today. I found it many many days ago, and it is puzzling and bizarre yet strangely funny. So hm, go Rent-A-German!

*NOTCOT in me - 03.31.05 -

tickle me elmoed

elmoerror.jpg

Did I miss something?  Is “elmo” the new “smurf?”  Someone, who shall remain nameless, tried to open up Adobe ImageReady CS for the first time, and got this interesting error message of “Could not elmo!!!!! The Great Elmo!!!!”  Hmm.

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Not Your Mother’s Apron

apron.jpgIt’s a little bit nostalgic, a little bit trendy, and a nice remake of something that’s still useful. It’s not your I Love Lucy Apron, but certainly reminds you of the look, only with a twist. Some great designs, a fun idea, actually makes me want to pull away from my world of tech to bake a batch of cookies.

Featuring lively colors in flirty patterns and cuts, Jessie Steele’s hostess aprons are driving a forward-looking trend in domesticity, yet also hearken back to the romantic aesthetics of 1940’s and 50’s women… It all began with Helena’s vintage apron collection. The mother counterpart of the mother daughter team behind Jessie Steele, Helena had been collecting 20th century vintage aprons for years. She regarded these aprons as beautiful relics of a by-gone era, but lamented that these amazing pieces were largely forgotten today, and longed to bring them back into the fashion and consciousness of today’s markets. Imagination led to inspiration when Helena realized that who better than she could actually affect this dream of a domestic goddess revival.

Take a look at the Jessie Steele collection.

*NOTCOT in wearable - 03.30.05 -

Bling Bling*

bling.jpgFollow this for a visual story… ENGAGEMENT: “the ultimate reverse settingnothing is stronger or sharper than this killer ring. also perfect for tagging any surface… WEDDING: “hidden diamond ringwho else should care?… BACHELOR PARTY: “money padpeel as you go, 100 real american singles bound with peelable notepad glue and cardboard backing… PARTY FAVORS: “silver pills24 hours of pure silver leaf. Resulting in sparkly poo.

pointed in this direction by We-Make-Money-Not-Art

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Rose of the Vineyards

atelier3.jpgOne more from L’Atelier du Vin that seemed worthy of its own post. Their description combined with image describe it so well…

The rose, sentinel of the vine. Walking through vineyards we often see roses planted at the end of a row of vines. Is it because wine-growers are romantics? Some of them certainly are, but there is another explanation for the presence of rose bushes among the vines.
What roses and vines have in common is that they are susceptible to the same diseases “powdery mildew and grey mold” with rose bushes showing the symptoms earlier. When the wine grower sees that the roses are affected, he knows that the vines will be too and that he must treat them as soon as possible.

So you can now witness the “in vitro” propagation and cultivation of this natural vine thermometer in this vial containing a non toxic nutrient, a transparent gel developed in collaboration with NASA scientists.

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+ L’Atelier du Vin (accents)

atelier2.jpgBeyond openers, L’Atelier du Vin offers a wealth of accessories for any wine connoisseur. (from left to right)

1. Le Chambreur… gently warms red wines to the ideal serving temperature in minutes. Thermo-active gel with immediate release.

2. Bubble Indicator… keeps the pressure inside the bottle, and its sensitive indicator tells you about the bubbles pressure: as soon as the colored ring starts to disappear, it is time to finish the bottle.

3. eau+… is a water dispenser, ideal for daily use, and suitable for all beverages without gas. Perfect for use in the kitchen, at work, at parties, or bedside, and easy for children as well. (not to mention beautiful design)

4. Chic Glass… The simple, distinctive and elegant character of your glass. Made of strong polypropylen. It’s a very Pantone feeling approach to wine glass distinguishers.

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L’Atelier du Vin 1926

atelier.jpgI purchased Le Tourne Bouchon in a Milanese design store last year, because its simplicity was so intruiging. To be honest it’s pretty functional with corks, not so good with the plastic, but when it was designed i doubt that plastic was even one of their worries. It works with a wiggle wiggle in, and a twist around and out.

Le Black-Black is just so clean and classic, a definite must have for any collection… and Le Grippy has so much character to it… Take a look at the rest of the collection as well, they definitely have something for everyone, with such a clean french twist. L’Atelier du Vin

*NOTCOT in food+drink - 03.29.05 -

Parisian Designer TAP Water

_40952957_ap_paris_water_203.jpgOh i wish i was in Paris on Intl Water Day. The bottled water designs the last few years have become more and more interesting and aesthetically pleasing. I mean i suppose some people claim it’s JUST water, but you can taste the difference between some, really.

But check out the backlash of designer water, and how the French Government chose to deal with it (i love this concept, excerpt from the BBC)

Recent polls revealed that 51% of Parisians drink bottled water. The glass decanters have been created by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and carry the logo of public water company Eau de Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Half of the capital’s water is pumped from the rivers Seine and Marne and purified at three plants. The remaining 50% comes from artesian wells - which do not require pressure for the water to flow to the surface.
“People buy bottled water because of the marketing, and we realised that if we were to win them back to the tap we would have to do some marketing of our own,” Franck Madureira of Eau de Paris told AFP news agency. “It’s all about giving Paris water an image and explaining why it is good for you.” The 30,000 carafes are designed to fit in the door of a fridge and are meant to be filled with tap water, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bottles.

Via Treehugger

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Designer Vibrations

sextoys.jpgThese are not new, but i felt somewhat ridiculous when i finally discovered who designed them. In AZ Central

The Bone, a 9-inch wedge of resin shaped like a hipbone, made by Tom Dixon, the British design guru, was in fact a vibrator. As remote in appearance from the “marital aids” hawked at pornography shops as an Eames chair is from a straw stool, it was displayed under glass. There is the Mojo, a breast-shaped massager by Marc Newson, the designer of the Lever House restaurant; and the rechargeable Pebble by Mari-Ruth Oda, a stone-shaped plastic vibrator ergonomically contoured to fit in the palm of one’s hand.

Fascinating, designer goods for all one’s needs… and beautifully shaped enough to look like a centerpiece, or sculpture to leave out. Thanks DesignBoomers for helping me realize who designed these.

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