*NOTCOT in design - 03.08.12 -

Muji’s Product fitness 80 at the Design Museum

mujimain.jpg The latest from our resident zoologist and London-based editor, Justine Aw, who super awesomely went to check out this Muji event on her birthday! (Happy Birthday, Justine!)

Product Fitness 80 asks the questions “What would happen if we used 20% less materials and energy to make products?”. The clever exhibition pushes Muji craftsmen to develop products that use fewer materials and processing. You can catch the exhibition at London’s Design Museum from tomorrow, the 9th of March until next Sunday, March 18th. In the meantime, see more more photos on the next page!

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Lamborghini Aventador J

lamborghini.jpg I was lusting after the Lamborghini Aventador J one of a kind that just launched in Geneva… which naturally lead me to the Lamborghini site… where i encountered the image above. And i literally LOLed. So awesome. That gate. Wow. And apparently Lamborghini is really in to twitter and hashtags?

Anyhow, back to the other topic at hand… the new Lamborghini Aventador J concept is gorgeous! Often the Lamborghini designs are so faceted and aggressively angular, i love the way this model gets a bit softer and sleeker with its curves mixed in… also the wheels are gorgeous (“The wheels, of course, were also developed specifically for this car, with 20-inch rims at the front and 21-inch at the rear. The five-spoke aluminum wheels have a central lock system and an additional carbon fiber insert that functions like a small fan for optimum brake ventilation.”)… and it is the first automotive use of “Carbonskin” (which “is made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a very special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft.”)… oh, and the exhaust… and the periscopic rearview mirror that floats in the center! And as for what’s inside this stunning design, the basis is the Aventador LP 700-4 new twelve-cylinder model. Lots of pics on the next page of course!

p.s. You can buy this. It’s a one of a kind… see how they end the press release: “A unique work of art licensed for the road However, at the end of the Geneva Motor Show, this sight will be the preserve of just one - the future owner of the Lamborghini Aventador J. There is only one of them, no prototypes and no others for the Lamborghini Museum. The buyer can look forward to a truly unique, street-legal work of art. He will possess the most extreme expression of Lamborghini DNA in existence and a real masterpiece of high technology.”

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 03.07.12 -

Chambre De Sucre

sugar0a.jpg Sugar! Sugar! SUGAR! I’ve been on a bit of a sugar high since this mysterious packet of mini packets of sugar samples arrived from Chambre De Sucre and i tore them all open to shoot/taste it for this post. SO much sugar. And it’s all so delicately pretty. Oh, and we also brewed quite a few cups of espresso to try them with. We’ve been buzzing over here.

These sugars from Chambre De Sucre are not just gourmet sugars… “The sugars are handcrafted by one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Japan with the highest quality sugar possible. They are over 270 years old and have provided the Royal Family in Japan with their sugar since the time of the Shogun. Japanese artisans still use traditional methods to create this luxurious sugar for your cup of tea and coffee.” Their about page tells you a heart-warming story of Lisa’s past and what these sugars mean to her through her childhood experiences in Japan. They are the first to import these sugars to the US! The assortment of sugar options are mind blowing as you browse their site, and the packaging looks beautiful for gifting as well… on the next page you can see close ups of the many little samples sent over as we tried our way through them!

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Toy Boarders

toyboarders1.jpg On 5$ impulse buys… i couldn’t resist. Toy Boarders!!! You get 24 little skateboarders! (No girls though, perhaps in their future packs… or snow or surf packs to come?) A fun twist on classic toy soldiers these little plastic guys are made in china but come from super local San Clemente, CA! Adorable… they are skating around our whole office and house now… take a peek at the silliness in a bag on the next page! (The video is pretty fun too!)

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Lustworthy Bath Tubs and Hot Tubs

tubroundups.jpg This post is brought to you by Mercedes-Benz. Every day, we strive to fulfill one simple promise: the best or nothing. Visit MBUSA to learn more.

Little feels as good as a good hot, bubbly soak in a gorgeous tub with a magnificent view. The relaxing feeling as stress simply floats away… makes these basins heavenly… whether in porcelain or steel… indoors or out… woody or marble… freestanding or built in… hard to believe over the last 7 years of NOTCOT, hunting for dream tubs has been surprisingly difficult! We’ve rounded up 10 favorites… and a bonus IGLOO snowy hot tub set up i’m currently dreaming about… see it all on the next page!

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Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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This week’s droolworthy roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious includes Boxberry cocktails, sea scallops in black tie and Cacao Bliss. To find out more about each delectable post, click on its indviidual image.

*NOTCOT in food+drink - 03.06.12 -

Peanut Butter & Jelly… Haven Gastropub

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Our Tasteologie editor, Jackson, found a Peanut Butter & Jelly that is unlike any other… and most definitely not what you’d picture at first… here’s what he discovered!

We have seen countless variations on peanut butter and jelly, but it has never looked like this. This playful and sophisticated turn on an old favorite was concocted by pastry Chef Santanna Salas in the new Pasadena location of Haven Gastropub. Originally knowing only that she wanted to do something with peanuts, she transformed the childhood standard into a modern dessert. Its flavors are instantly recognizable but the textures and plating are all cleverly interpreted. I got to chat a bit with the chef and go back into the kitchen to see how they make peanut butter and jelly Haven style.

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Running elephant shrews, the “James Bond Theme” played by quadrotors, and the modern story of the three little pigs are all a part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual post.

*NOTCOT in food+drink - 03.05.12 -

Farmshop Artisan Market in Brentwood

farmshop0.jpg What is it about artisan goods being beautifully packaged and displayed? On a quick run over to brentwood country mart to get green juice and amazing tacos… got drawn in by the adorable glow of awesomely labeled goodies at the Farmshop’s Artisan Market, and then went iPhone crazy (being camera-less at the time) while shopping through it for grilling meat, wine, TENNESSEE WHISKEY ICE CREAM, and fresh peanut butter cookie dough… it was all so pretty and filled with inspiring packaging/label design i had to share… shop with us on the next page!

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American Airlines Eames Amenity Case

eamesAA0.jpg On unexpected Eames ~ when hopping the flight back from Rio to New York, i was pleasantly surprised to discover American Airlines had an Eames Office Exclusive for American Airlines amenity pouch using their Eames Dot Patter! So cute, and a fun splash of design. According to the press release, these started in September of 2011 ~ “Beginning Sept. 1, customers traveling onboard American’s flights between the U.S. and London Heathrow (LHR) will be among the first to enjoy the new offerings. […] and an amenity kit featuring a bag with an authentic Eames Office® design pattern and containing Dermalogica® skincare products and other travel necessities complete the new suite of amenities.” Take a peek at the details on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in travel - 03.02.12 -

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures includes a Balinese sea temple, foodie secrets in Venice and 48 hours in Stuttgart. To find out more about each escape, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in design - 03.01.12 -

WIN IT: K.Olin tribu Kozik Potamus

hippos0a.jpg Happy March! We’re kicking off this month with an awesome giveaway and unboxing of the gorgeous porcelain limited edition Potamus Red Anarchy by Frank Kozik & K.Olin Tribu. We first wrote about these beautiful pieces back in 2010… and having one in person in front of me, it’s even more beautiful than i imagined. The packaging is stunning as well… and the detail of a porcelain disk and ribbon sealing the box as well as a porcelain CARD with a special web password as the certificate of authenticity. The details are incredible… both the figurine and the presentation box are made in Limoges, France.

… and the folks at k.olin tribu are generously giving away one Potamus Red Anarchy by Frank Kozik & K.Olin Tribu to a lucky reader who leaves a message on their Facebook wall sharing where you would put this awesome Potamus if you win! He will pick the winner on March 5th! You must be a fan of K.Olin tribu page to be eligible.

And as for now ~ take a peek at the unboxing and details on the next page!

p.s. free shipping with code NOTCOT on the K.Olin Tribu website during the contest!

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 02.29.12 -

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Perfect momos, Meyer lemon margaritas, and luscious, honey-sweetened blood orange curd are all part of this week’s roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each delicious post, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in design - 02.28.12 -

Inside Barnacle Bros.

mainbarnacle.jpg The latest from our NOTlabs head maker/fabricator/hacker, Shawn Sims, as he adventures through LA visiting some amazing fabrication shops/people!

Barnacle Bros. is an East LA sculpture and custom fabrication shop that has been serving the arts and entertainment industries since 1997. “Barnacle Bros is an artist studio founded in 1997 by a friendly group of artists, craftspeople, performers, and local personalities. The folks at Barnacle Bros. are well versed in all media and processes. We specialize in wood, metal, fiberglass, composites, foam, resin, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, stone, sculpting, casting, mold-making, models, miniatures, furniture, architectural elements, prototypes, and, of course, puppets.” Smilee and Karl specialize in the crazy, weird, and hard to build, and gave me a wondrous tour through their shop. Stepping into their space you will find yourself surrounded by remnants of Hollywood sets, clowns, knives in rocks, and 20 foot tall faces. It’s nothing short of awesome to wander through this workshop and get to see how it’s all made. The company gets its name from one of it’s first jobs where they molded and casted bronze barnacles form a pier on Venice Beach, and has since pulled off many more crazy projects for artists and festivals all over the world. Take a peek at more pics on the next page!

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Unexpected Google Streetview sights, an Olympic soundtrack and a Projector camera toolkit are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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