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Darragh Casey’s Shelving the Body

shelvingthebody4.jpg The latest from London-based editor, Justine Aw at the Central Saint Martins 2012 Degree Shows.

Darragh Casey’s series Shelving the Body. Darragh’s dad used to put up a shelf every time was bored and this inspired the furniture design student to explore the relationship between people, shelves and the objects they are designed to hold. Rather than creating generalist shelves that support all nature of goods, he began experimenting and creating shelves which rely on people to use their own bodies and weigh to support or counterbalance objects or require users to carefully configure their objects on the shelves. Some shelves require the user to take a certain position and in his shelving the body project, shelves are designed to support human bodies themselves! I love the ‘shelf portrait’s that result and the excellent participation of Darragh’s family across the generations! See more pictures on the next page!

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How to Hatch Your Own Eggs

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Lately, you’ve seen our Wyandotte Chicks and our Mandarin Duckling swimming ~ our incredible editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw, has been busy adding poultry hatching and running a nursery for adorable baby chicks and ducks at home on top of her busy tasks with NOTCOT lately! So when Bing approached us to sponsor posts to share some of our expertise, this seemed like an amazing opportunity to share what the whole team here at NOTCOT has been learning about how to hatch poultry from Justine! So read on to see what she has to teach us! (As well as lots of fun pictures and videos!)

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*NOTCOT in design - 06.17.12 -

Visual ID for the CSM Graphic Design Grad Show

cstmartinssigns.jpg The latest from London-based editor, Justine Aw at the Central Saint Martins 2012 Degree Shows.

I loved the visual identity and branding for the BA Graphic Design Degree Show, which provided a strong sense of continuity throughout the show and translated beautifully across media, from signage at the show to the program and website. The visual identity was a project by three graduating students in the course, Duarte Carrilho da Graça, Esa Matinvesi, Shiho Yokoyama. More photos of their beautiful work on the next page!

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Central Saint Martins 2012 Graduate Show

csmmain.jpg The latest from London-based editor, Justine Aw at the Central Saint Martins 2012 Degree Shows.

The Central Saint Martins 2012 Degree Shows were a great excuse to wander down to the beautiful new home of Central Saint Martins on the bank of Regents Canal near Kings Cross. The new buildings are stunning and home to a huge variety of incredible student work. The showcase continues until Thursday, June 21st and are free to the public. This post is a first look at the variety of projects ~ more features to come soon on some favorites! See photos of some of the incredible student projects on the next page!

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Duckling Swimming Underwater!

duckmain.jpg The latest dose of natural inspiration from our resident zoologist and London-based editor, Justine Aw.

As a little side project, I’ve been helping hatch poultry for the always wonderful Mudchute Park & Farm and our most recent arrivals have been two beautiful Mandarin ducklings. You can find out more about their incubation and see the eldest just after hatching on the Mudchute blog.

Ducklings should be introduced to water early on as these mandarins would naturally have jumped from their nest in a hole in a tree and headed straight for the water with their mom. So we got a paint tray (they’re ideal because they are fairly shallow and graded, allowing the ducklings to get in and out of the water on their own and introduced the ducklings on their first day post-hatching. I expected the little ducklings to paddle contentedly at the surface, but to my surprise, the youngest duckling dove right in and began swimming underwater (more like you might expect from a gannet, puffin or penguin!). She does it in a crazed frenzy, swimming madly around, completely submerged then leaping out of the water entirely! It’s all a mad blur in real time, but photos capture the frenzy (and mess), her expression almost reminds me of the portraits of dogs underwater. More photos of our adorable little duckling splashing around on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in travel - 06.16.12 -

NotVentures Roundup

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An aviator hotel, cycling through northern Argentina and visiting the Vatican in a day are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

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Spodee: Wine with a kick!

spodeemain.jpg On unexpected deliciousness with awesome packaging ~ you have to try Spodee! Packaged in milk bottles and sealed with a (difficult to open!) cork ~ this mulled wine/moonshine/hooch concoction is delicious on its own or mixed with just about anything (they have a variety of suggested recipes, all with fun pictures!)

“Spodee was a Depression era hooch that mixed up homemade country wines with garden herbs, spices and moonshine. The resulting brew was then put into whatever containers they happened to have lying around…hence, the milk bottle. It may not be fancy pants, but it sure is tasty!” Take a look at all the details on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 06.13.12 -

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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This week’s roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious includes gentle persuasion, jalapeno-cheddar hamburger buns and a spiral vegetable tart. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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Lítill In Berlin

terrariummain.jpg Lítill terrariums are the star of Jette and Fabrik, Lauren Coleman’s latest exhibition opened at Direktorenhaus Berlin on the 1st of June.

The exhibition consists of two rooms, Jette and Fabrik. Jette suspends a catcus in a terrarium in the room with the help of a freely drifting helium-inflated weather balloon. In Fabrik, stalactite like structures descend from the ceiling as if they are dripping the hand blown glass terrariums from the ceiling to the floor below. See more pictures of this stunning exhibition (that i wish i could see in person!) on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in design - 06.12.12 -

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org features monkey orchids, a grass-filled cathedral and apocalyptic chicken coop. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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Adidas Golf Samba Limited Editions

sambamain.jpg The Adidas Samba is classic… and it has been since 1950!!! On the other hand, golf shoes have tended to lean towards the comfortable over aesthetically pleasing to a fault… so what happens when you mash the two together? Adidas GOLF Sambas! So fun in the classic white stripes on black (so NOTCOT!)

They have also been doing special limited editions to honor the US Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship ~ each color way in a limited 1950 numbered pairs to commemorate the Samba’s birth year! The folks at Adidas Golf were kind enough to send some over, take a peek at the unboxing and details on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in travel - 06.08.12 -

NotVentures Roundup

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24 hours of light in Iceland, island hopping in Thailand and hillwalking in the Scottish highlands are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in nature - 06.07.12 -

From Tadpole to Toadlet

toadlet-main.jpg The latest dose of natural inspiration from our resident zoologist and London-based editor, Justine Aw.

This spring, I had the opportunity to raise a number of toads from tadpole and track their development along the way! Metamorphosis is always fascinating and it’s incredible to see how much they change as they grow on their journey from tadpole to toadlet! More photos and video on the next page.

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 06.06.12 -

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Celeriac panna cotta, cinnamon applesauce spice cake and the revised bee’s knees are all part of this week’s roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each delectable post, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in travel - 06.05.12 -

Hotelifying Your Bathroom

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One of my favorite things about traveling has always been hotel bathrooms and amenities. With such variety in bathroom fixtures and shower designs it always feels like shopping and testing bathroom layouts and details for my future home design… and the same goes for amenities! You get the chance to test so many different scents and brands and products as you bounce from hotel to hotel.

So while surprise toiletries are often a hotel luxury, when doing a vacation rental, there’s no reason to forego the playful newness and experimentation of toiletries! So instead of packing your usuals and making mini bottles of everything currently in your bathroom, why not have a little fun and grab a set from an awesome brand you’ve been curious about? On the next page i’ve rounded up some favorites, some i’m curious about, and an awesome site that’s bound to have something you’ve yet to try!

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