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Toy Fair: Toys to Travel With!

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While i’ve seldom had the traditional “family vacation” as a kid ~ talking to NOTlabs director, Shawn, i found out that he knows HomeAway well! Apparently his mom’s been booking everything from houses in the Rockies, French Quarter in New Orleans, and Utah Ski trips on the site ~ and they often associate family vacations with insane jigsaw puzzles and toys… so when HomeAway asked us to share some awesomeness around family travel… adventures at the NY International Toy Fair seemed like a perfect fit! There were SO many random toys in every genre you can imagine, so to narrow it down, here’s a selection of our favorites that are perfect to keep kids (both actually young and young at heart) occupied in the car/plane en route or curled up by the fireplace/dining table when just hanging out! Ready to see some crazy puzzles, fun magnetic building toys, turtles, mazes, paper animals, electronic experiments and more? To the next page!

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 02.15.12 -

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Chocolate margaritas, Domo-Kun heart cookies, and a goat cheese burger 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 design - 02.14.12 -

Valentine’s Day at W+K NYC

wkny0.jpg Happy Valentine’s Day! For some VDay inspiration, we popped in to Wieden + Kennedy NY to see the creativity and inspiration behind the ads we all love. So much creative energy and playfulness throughout the office! I love the staircase in the Wieden + Kennedy NY office! (So naturally the adorable animal caricatures of everyone in the office a few years back became the main picture!) It’s fun to get a peek behind the scenes of everything from Sportscenter ad spots in the making to crazy tech being schemed… giant Nike shoes looking for decorations… post it note maps of the US… color sorted bookshelves… and an amazing 3 floors of a huge Tribecca building… only two of which are filled with people and the third is used for everything from photoshoots to castings to artist experiments and shopping pop ups! There’s even a “red vein” flowing through each floor sometimes taking the form of couches, other times filing cabinets and meeting spots… and then there’s the adorably sweet Valentine’s present they gifted us too! Take a peek inside the world of W+K NY on the next page!

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CW&T Pen Type A

pen0.jpg Just visited with CW&T (Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy) who amongst many awesome projects are responsible for one of the most funded Kickstarter design projectsPen Type-A. Looking to raise $2,500, they ended up with over $280,000… and 4000+ backers (including us!)… and from making a smaller batch of pens, they were suddenly faced with the daunting task of making a few thousand! Beyond the beautiful design and craftsmanship of this solid steel housing for the plastic Hi-Tec-C pen cartridges… it has been incredible to follow the hardships and exciting moments over the last 6 months since they got funded, and even more exciting to finally get our hands on the actual pen! (Spoiler: it feels incredible!) So take a peek at the details and unboxing of one from the first batches of CW&T Pen Type-A on the next page!

p.s. If you find yourself with one in person, you must pull the pen from casing quickly. It’s a great sound.

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Our Favorites: Stockholm Design Week

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Breathtaking. Year after year, Stockholm Design Week seems to get better and better ~ and there’s just something calmingly minimalist, playful, and beautiful about the new designs that emerge… the mix of black, whites, and woods with refreshing colors and clean lines makes me want to update my house and NOTlabs! So, while we weren’t able to make it there in person this year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite designs from the event on the next page… take a peek at the lamps, chairs, tables and more on the next page!

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Underwater dogs, a sci-fi take on art history and the world’s largest dodgeball game are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in gratis - 02.13.12 -

Win a PAIR of Knoll Generation Chairs

lovegen.jpg Happy (day before) Valentine’s Day!!! Our friend’s at Knoll have generously teamed up with us to giveaway a pair of Red Generation by Knoll chairs. Dubbed the “first chair that lets you sit how you want” ~ its flexibility allows you to sit in a variety of unexpected ways… perfect for a versatile office space ~ or home office! You can check out the unboxing of the Generation from last summer here.

For a chance to win this pair of Red Generation by Knoll chairs for you and your loved one ~ tweet @NOTCOT with how you work with the ones you love and #LoveGeneration ~ and follow @knoll_inc and @NOTCOT so we can DM the winner! Please note that for this giveaway only US based winners will be eligible, and we will contact the winner via twitter on Feb 15th!

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*NOTCOT in design - 02.11.12 -

Inside Chandelier Creative

chand0.jpg Adventures in New York kicked off with visiting the ball pit/studio of Chandelier Creative (aka Awesomevile.com) at their SoHo penthouse! We shared the pop up book version of the penthouse a few years ago ~ as well as the honey from their surf shack… fun to see all the visual references from the pop up book in reality… from the enormous pink CNC’d doors, to the piano, ball pit, moooi horse lamp, studio dogs and more… take a peek at it all on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in travel - 02.10.12 -

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures is full of travel inspiration whether you’re off to Antarctica, the Musandam peninsula or Harbour Island. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in design - 02.08.12 -

Moo cards go LUXE!

moo0.jpg The iconic Moo “business” cards which can easily feature your whole Flickr/photo library have taken it to the next level… now you can get Moo Luxe Business Cards! What makes them so luxe? Besides the awesome new packaging with the magnetic box? Mohawk Superfine paper with Moo Quadplex technology to make a card of triple thickness and weight (vs most ordinary cards) with a rich seam of color within the layers of paper… Take a look at the unboxing of the set they sent over (which i quickly made a variation of my old shorter cards…) on the next page!

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Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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This week’s roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious features killer guacamole, lasagna soup and coconut lime margaritas. To find out more about each delectable post, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in home+decor - 02.07.12 -

IKEA Solarvind Wind Powered Lights

ikeawind0.jpg IKEA has expanded their Solvinden spring/summer collection of solar lights (can you believe we’ve been writing about these since 2009?!?!) to now include not only solar but WIND powered lighting!!! It’s a fun idea ~ and designer, David Wahl, tells us more about them (and shows them in action) in the video on the next page! These were apparently “Inspired by the playfulness and movement of amusement park lamps” and “The designers and product developers worked closely with the supplier - even driving around holding a prototype out the window - to test the wind-power until everything worked.” Fun! Can’t wait to try these out in person… take a peek at the video and more pics on the next page!

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Nano quadrotors, deep sea discoveries and edible super insulating foam are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. Find out more about each post by clicking on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in home+decor - 02.06.12 -

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*NOTCOT in wearable - 02.05.12 -

Terra New York Raincoats

terra1.jpg Ok, for context, it’s 75 degrees and super sunny here in LA as we get ready for the superbowl to start… but i’m checking the weather for NY later this week ~ and it looks like it’s COLD. and also possibly WET! It definitely feels a bit silly to be daydreaming about rain coats in this weather, but these by Terra New York seem intriguing ~ they use heavy TPU/ Urethane to provide structure to the 100% waterproof outerwear pieces using heat sealed technic for the seams… I’d love to see what these feel/smell like in person, but so far the designs look clean and fashion forward, which is no surprise considering “The founders Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki began with one simple question: What can a fashion-conscious woman wear when it’s raining?” ~ the look makes me think of paper wrapped chicken and manila envelopes ~ the simplicity pulls me in. So far there are three designs of raincoats, each available in nude and smokey grey, and three pouches to keep you and your goods dry! Take a peek at the current designs and details on the next page, and soon there may even be hats, bags, and shoes!

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