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Interview with Yang Liu

1113yang1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

Jean posted about Yang Liu's Ost trifft West (East Meets West) exhibit back in September. Being that I worked with Yang at Chermayeff and Geismar when I first moved to New York, I offered to do an interview with her about the project. Yang is a great graphic designer whose work has always been bold and iconographic, and Ost trifft West doesn't stray from that rigor. Even though I can't read either German or Chinese, the images clearly and wittily communicate the differences between the two cultures. Check out more images and an interview with Yang Liu below!

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Shane by Brooks Salzwedel

Ok, this is going to be a bit backwards, but i needed to share this product discovery from the A+R launch dinner before the dinner itself. I've long loved the deep resin works of Brooks Salzwedel from my discovery of his belt buckles back in sept of 06 to further exploration of his intriguing and mesmerizing larger resin "paintings" of sorts (and the smaller ones in found tins, etc) in august 07. Well as it turns out, Andy (the A of A+R) loved them as much as i did, and got in touch with Brooks who is also a Silverlaker, and the buckles did amazingly... and as the story goes Rose (the R of A+R) even helped Brooks get into the GenArt Fresh Faces this year, where his work was incredibly well received. So although A+R is stocked with so many things i love (it was like being in the NOTCOT store, if there were a NOTCOT store, it was incredible, but more on that later)... these teeny tiny new necklaces caught my eye. There was that moment of literal - OMG. Are those...?

And here you have it, the latest - in fact the FIRST - pieces of jewelry from Brooks Salzwedel, which Andy and Rose had *just* put out tonight... incredibly intricately cast metal woody pieces with the classic Salzwedel depth in resin. And in those teeny tiny logs, are even tinier little trees, which are truly the coolest things i may have ever seen (and i see a lot.) So if you feel so inclined, these may not make it into any store or website for a while, but you can contact A+R for more info... just please don't buy these specific little logs! I need to go back and beg them to let me buy them... once they figure out how much they are. Many more images below (please don't mind my super quick mid-party shots) - including one of the belts gorgeously displayed on logs in the storefront. And click to see more of Brooks Salzwedel's Buckles and Art.

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Exploded iPod

explodipod.jpgI just got back from the most amazing event that i have a pile of posts to share with you...BUT, i just checked my email and Billy Chasen blew my mind... literally... with his "hey guys, i love your site. one of my daily stops. I just created an exploded ipod -- it's encased in resin and still works. tell me what you think :) -billy" email. Well... Billy? I think the proper response is - where can i buy one? Or at least play with one? Does it work with remote control?

It is quite possibly my favorite new view of the overexposed ever evolving design *classic*(?)... the ipod has become the kleenex of the mp3 players... its refreshing to see it so exposed - and encased in resin! See below for more images and read more on Billy's site.

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NYTO American Comfort Quilt

nyto1.jpgThe American Comfort Quilt by NYTO embodies all that a successful brand should be... literally. Isn't the ultimate brand, the one you turn to in times of need? The one that manages to make you feel better in an instant? The things you buy when you just don't know who else to turn to? I mean sure its a little extreme... but that's the making of a good lovemark like Coca Cola, right? Well, sure slightly exaggerate perhaps... but you get the idea. Designed by Joel Yatscoff and Bradley Price, Joel states, “…this is a very topical product that questions the effects of consumerism in North America. Has this behaviour, and the associations people wish to have with corporate brands so habitual, the American Comfort Quilt is the cherished product to provide warmth and comfort during a chilly evening?” Handmade, limited edition of 5. Love the way they've composed these images... more below as well.

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Dumbo Spring

dumboimage001.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

Spring is a great store/gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Being that I work down the street from the store, I stop in every once in a while to see what's new. I was especially excited when I went in recently and saw their Threaded exhibit because they have nine panels of embroidered canvas by Richard Saja, whose work I have long appreciated. The Lost Girls series incorporates a custom toile design inspired by Peter Pan's lost boys - little boys who are scared to grow up. Each panel is 24" x 36" and is printed on cotton canvas and then embroidered with rayon thread.


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Wat Design for ILSE

wattdesign.jpgI was just checking out the portfolio of Wat Design and i found this "ILSE media, head office - interior design of the HQ, totally designed out of 2D flat panels with pixel design. Simcity office garden". In this pixel wonderland ~ the first thing i thought was ~ wow its like a real world Diesel Sweeties mash up! I feel like if i were walking around in there, i would look down and see myself in pixel form! Anyhow, they have converted nearly everything... from coat racks and trash cans, to stickers of pixel cell phones and calculators, pixel food on pixel plates on pixel table clothes, and pixel sunsets, and pixel trailers and lunch trucks in life size (OH, and even a pixel window by the urinals...)! See the images below, and see more fun projects over at Wat Design.

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Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre

silmaser.jpgRUGenius was stumbling around (on stumble upon!) and came across this brilliant Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre by Wilhelm Staehle. My favorites are below...

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Disney Leibovitz Update

disneyupdate.jpgOk, so here's something new i want to try... i was noticing that it seems a bit silly to write a lot of posts on the same thing and keep posting them separately. Frankly, it hasn't been making NOTCOT, as a resource, very efficient for me when i try to find something... SO, i'm testing something out, and i haven't worked the kinks out yet. But here's a start... Annie Leibovitz and Disney have added to their actor/actresses as classics set (Rachel Weisz as Snow White, and Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy with Abigail Breslin as a fairy-in-training)... SO instead of posting a new post just about that, i've decided to UPDATE the last post, so all the info on that stays in one place... and since i haven't quite figured out how to notify NOTCOT readers about it, i'm linking you to an anchor.

yes, i see the silliness of giving it a new post, while not giving it a new post with the images and information in it. Have any ideas of how i can efficiently pull this off for us all?

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Murakami @ MOCA

mocamurakami.jpgMurakami Gala Opening at MOCA ~ although they wont let you take pictures at the exhibit, you sure can see a lot of whats going on and what people were getting through flickr and eBay. Even the LA Times ran an article on how the plexiglass "placemats" from the dinner are being auctioned for $999 - keep in mind it cost $1000 to attend the opening gala. An apaprently everyone from Mr. Murakami himself (and his family!), Marc Jacobs, Kanye West, Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci, Cindy Crawford, Toby McGuire, Pharell to Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot was there. Luckily for us Eric documented it all nicely via blog and flickr! You can check out his post on the gala, his flickr of the exhibit during the press preview with accompanying post here. Another great flickr resource - Brandon Shigeta - who says "you can take pics of the mona lisa, but they say no here. whatever, set the camera to interval shooting and away we go..." Haha. Also there are the many pictures you can see searching Murakami MOCA on flickr.

Now for the wealth of goodies showing up on ebay ~ and what Eric got from going to the gala, see below!

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Muse @ LACMA

lacmahall1.jpgHappy Halloween! I had the pleasure of meeting up Joshua Targownik this afternoon (remember he shot those reform school pics?) and it turns out he was actually the official photographer for LACMA's (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Halloween Party! And having just read about it on LAist and seeing how incredible it looked, i couldn't help but beg him to share some pics with us... (the costumes are quite inspiring - see some of my favorites from his portraits after the jump)

Here's what Joshua had to say about the dress up soiree:
Muse, LACMA's membership group for young artists and art enthusiasts, hosted their 4th annual Halloween Costume Ball on October 27th. Drawing 1,000 costumed attendees, the event was held in LACMA's Los Angeles Times Central Courtyard, and the LACMA West Penthouse. Food, drinks (including the one-of-a-kind Dalí-tini), four DJs from Dublab Sound System, a costume contest, and late night access to two exhibits: Dalí: Painting & Film and The Arts in Latin America made for the best party of the night. Beetle Juice took top honors in the costume contest with stiff competition from Mirror Ball Girl, Poseidon, and a Samurai Warrior wearing a full suit of armor hand made "Make" style using a Dremel and several garbage cans worth of plastic. As Muse's official photographer for the night, I had full access, two cameras, and five portable lights, but still was unable to capture everything there was to see. I can't wait to try again next year.

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Crackpot 2008

crackpot.jpgOooh Crackpot 2008 is out! For any of you looking for the perfect way to give someone some gorgeous glossy weekly art ~ this is the perfect stocking stuffer. I received the 07 version last year and love it ~ not quite patient enough to wait a whole month to flip the page ~ but the weekly thing i can handle. Great paper quality, thick cardboard backing with that can be turned into a stand or hung on the wall... the Crackpot is full of many of our favorite artists as picked by die gestalten ~ and a sneak peak of more pages below.

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Chocolade Haas

chochaas.jpgNot much to say here... but i'm not sure why the systematic destruction of chocolate bunnies to eerie music in their pastel worlds in three scenes is so satisfying this morning. Watch Sander Plug's Chocolade Haas - Commissioned by Cut-n-Paste for Grote Kunst voor Kleine Mensen (Big Art for Small People) In collaboration with: Lernert Engelberts.

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Big Dipper

chandel1.jpg"Big Dipper is a machine that mechanically creates twenty-four candle wax chandeliers by dipping. The principle is inspired on the technique of candle making, where straight strings of wick are dipped a number of times to become candles. Suspended from the ceiling, the machine itself looks like a chandelier with two ring tiers that are counter balanced to move up and down using a pulley system. On each of the two big rings, twelve smaller rings are suspended. They are the frameworks for strings of wick, hanging down in loops. Whenever one of the big rings moves down, the wick hanging from one of the smaller rings is dipped in a drum of melted wax standing below. A layer of wax attaches to the wick and slowly grows a chandelier with eight arms and eight candles. After moving up and down, the machine revolves 30 degrees and repeats the process. In twelve full cycles, twenty-four chandeliers are finished and ready to be unclipped. New ones will now be stringed up again. Each individual chandelier burns four hours before it’s gone. The remains can be thrown back into the drums where they melt down to become the material for a new cycle of chandeliers." this is the Big Dipper by Sarah Van Gameren, and its such a fun idea, i especially like the life cycle of the wax looping around from vat to chandelier to its deconstructed shape back to the vat... and around we go again.

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Deconstructing Lichtenstein

OH-ALRIGHT.gifWow. Apparently David Barsalou has spent the last 25 years of his life going through every illustration in over 30,000 comic books.... in order to find the original sources of Roy Lichtenstein's pieces! Here are some of my favorites ~ more can be seen on David Barsalou's Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein page as well as his flickr. Noticed this over at Life Lounge.

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Into The Pixel

Mmmmm crazy gamer art that inspired the actual games. Into The Pixel "is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment." This year it showed at E3 in santa monica, then the Toronto Film Festival, and its currently showing at E for All in LA. I went through the last few years, and even out of those these three still amuse/inspire me the most. Then again... i do have a thing for the crazy artsy games (i.e. Rabbids! Dewey! Viva Piñata! Katamari! etc...). What's really interesting about these piece are that they are often pre-video game (or during) development, and are made my the art directors and designers working on the games. For example this Rabbids one is by Florent Sacre, the Art Director for Rayman Raving Rabbids. Dewey one is by Shigechy. And the Viva Piñata piece is by Ryan Stevenson - "a veteran of Rare projects like It's Mister Pants! and Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, [he] made his name as the concept artist behind the vibrant and unmistakable Viva Piñata."

On a sidenote: while researching i discovered the IGN Raving Rabbids blog from before the game came out, with some incredible behinds the scenes imagery and hilarious shots of the game makers and their rabbids... so some peeks at that below as well as full sized images of the crops above.

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Joshua Targownik

reformschool1.jpgJoshua Targownik has left me speechless. This guy emails in saying "I am a professional photographer who shoots products for Reform School. I recently shot the exterior and interior for Los Angeles Magazine. Take a look and see if you'd like to use a better image for your post." (referring to NOTCOT.org #6732)... and at first i'm thinking, wow, no one's ever really written in to suggest a better picture before, and first thing in my mind is "uh oh, i wonder if the picture up is REALLY bad!" OR... "maybe this guys images are better,... or he just wants us to look at his portfolio?" YES i'm a bit jaded these days, people send some weird stuff to try and get written about ~ some are quite shameless. BUT. Joshua Targownik's images are GORGEOUS. Reform School looks like this picture perfect dollhouse filled with goodness. And instead of trying to justify why i'm posting them, even though Reform School is already linked on .org... well look how pretty he made it? I couldn't help myself? The images are so inspiring. So, i'm thinking... next time we need to shoot things in LA, we may have to call up Joshua and beg him to help us look pretty.

Also the Reform School's redesign is really beautiful in that playful collagey way that we love so much ~ so thrown a screenshot of that below as well. And it figures that it was designed by ALSO ~ who also did Design*Sponge's new site and all the Busy Beaver stuff i love.

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Eames Hacking

eameshack.jpgThese Eames Hacks cracked me up as soon as i saw the images over at Core77. This project is by Department of Industrial Design at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia's students: Jared Delorenzo, Tim Peet, Alexandra Temple Powell, Tom Reynolds, Alie Thomer, and Andrew McCandlish. "These two pieces, the Eames toilet chair and the Eames child seat, are about breaking the status surrounding high design objects. Through physically invasive alterations, these once iconic, elite, forms are liberated from their old, restrained image. The project is not a critique of the Eames, but rather a fulfillment of their original ideals."

How appropriate for this Eames 100th Anniversary. Also loving the way they cut the high chair leg holes... and that toilet is hilarious. More below!

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brokenup.jpgRodrigo Bruna just sent in some images from Reconstruccioniepce which is showing at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Curated by Angélica Peréz Germain - October 5 – December 3, 2007. If he sounds familiar, you are probably remembering our previous coverage of his incredible Toast "painting". Believe it or not, this too is made from toast! Here is his description of the piece:

"The first photography of a landscape was taken by Niepcé in 1826. The particularity and beauty of this image triggered my attention to work with it. In the middle of 2006 I initiated my research and creation project titled Reconstruccioniepce. Through spatial and objetual projects I developed a reflection of this image and the fragility of the reconstruction processes. The material chosen for these works was bread, and the action was toasting. It is not longer the sun which fixes the images, but the vehement fire that fixes the vestiges of a landscape on white slices of bread. This statement defines my system of work and the material and technical displacement I made of the photographic process. Reconstruccioniepce V arises from the destruction realized of a previous version of this work at the Museo de Artes Visuales of Santiago.

The remains of bread that were left from this action are selected and organized in a ornamental border that crosses two walls of the room, proposing a new version of this enigmatic landscape."

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tatemoderncrackain.jpg"Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth is the first work to intervene directly in the fabric of the Turbine Hall. Rather than fill this iconic space with a conventional sculpture or installation, Salcedo has created a subterranean chasm that stretches the length of the Turbine Hall. The concrete walls of the crevice are ruptured by a steel mesh fence, creating a tension between these elements that resist yet depend on one another." Love the images of this latest exhibit at the Tate Modern. Found this over at DesignBoom.

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subchairs1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

There's not a lot of info on Bleijh's website, but from what I can gather, Basten Leijh is a Dutch product designer whose primary goal is to create user-driven products (some of which appear to be in concept phases at the moment). I love the simplicity of the work - clean lines and forms, with function given primary consideration (though the products don't look so bad, either). I covet the Fruitbowl - my beef with so many similar products is that they take up so much space on my counter top when not in use. It would be great to compress the bowl when I'm done with it.

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11 Shipping Container Uses

illy1.jpgI just spotted this incredibly cool shipping container/Illy cafe titled the "Push Button House" on The Cool Hunter ~ and it brought back a flood of memories, of all the other fascinating uses of shipping containers that have come up on NOTCOT in the past (full pictorial reminiscing below of more than 10 breathtaking reincarnations) from instant server black boxes to bars to art galleries and more. But check out how this Illy one opens! And how much they pack in there? Shade Elaine and i are thinking this might be the way to have the perfect mobile studio, and we can drop down in random backyards of friends all over the world? Hehe. Ok anyhow, i digress.

"Holiday shoppers milling about the Time Warner Center in New York will have a fabulous chance to experience one of these soon. Between November 28 and December 29, 2007, they can rest, relax and sip a perfect cup of illy espresso in one of Kalkin’s creations, the temporary Push Button House cafe that the Trieste, Italy-based illycaffè will install there. The European premier of this concept by Alan Kalkin and illy took place at the 52nd Venice Biennale where illy continues to partner with the Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia by providing the visitors each year a space to relax and enjoy their complimentary espresso." Adam Kalkin has an impressive portfolio of living/lounging spaces created from shipping containers as well ~ more images of those as well as an animation of the Push Button House opening below!

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Concrete Blond Designersblock

concretewallpaper1.jpgDesignBoom has a great post this morning on Concrete Blond at Designersblock ~ Instead of wallpapering a concrete wall, they apply the wallpaper patterns through texturing the concrete... and the result is a mesmerizingly beautiful unexpected result. More images below both from Design Boom and Concrete Blond.

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Ken Keirns

tvart1.jpgWhat to do with all of those retro toys laying around? Well Ken Keirns seems to have found the perfect use for these Fisher Price Toy TV's (a little ebay research shows that these are from the 60's and tended to play a few songs when buttons were pushed ~ and bids are all under $10 ~ often even under $5!). After the jump are a few of Ken's pieces which showed at the Hot Babes In Toyland Show 2007, Chicago, IL. Above are two that will be part of Subtext's "The Witching Hour" show which is opening on October 5th.

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Respect Old School

respectold.jpgRespect Old School. It's not just a cane. It's a cane with a stamp at the base... so you can leave a trail... or stamp the world with intent... Talk about an interesting twist on subversive street art, or turning the tables on those disrespectful young whippersnappers with the graffiti and what nots. This project by the italian Glue Glue Design: "We are living in a “contemporary” society that paradoxically lives more and more on revival. We think that, thanks to the connection with the concept of respect the old men can ransom his social condition from without purpose and obsolete to “cool” and “in”: how? Using a “young” and “contemporary” language, and shifting to the present the field of action of an old man, whose thoughts are mostly memories that come from the past and are not able to mark the contemporary culture anymore." I can't stop staring, and have the sudden urge to start sporting a cane... imagine all the various stamps you could swap on? Only thing missing in this design? It should be self inking, and there should be a button on the handle of the cane to put the cap on, or perhaps the stamp sucks up into the cane so it doesn't make contact with the ground as you walk, and when you push the button it stamps it - i mean seriously, you expect the old guy to bend over and take the cap off? It's asking to be lost. And its SO much harder to be discreet in your street art being seen doing that. Found this over at Young Designer. This was part of the OPOS.it project.


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NOTCOT Pinning

bigpin.jpgI think this Moosejaw flag is just about full... So here's a pile of pins that i wanted to share with you that have ended up in my room since NOTCOT started, and not knowing what to do with them, they kept ending up on this flag... sharing some of the randomness in my everyday that inspires me... here is everything from yahoo devil pins, flickr pins, obama pins, design public, icff, copenhagen design days, lil' gamers, my absolute favorite pagne "i need more money or cheaper taste" button, NOTCOT buttons!, good magazine, nasa planes, lower haighter smoking pigeon, doe-sf, diesel style lab metroscope, moleskinerie, sid-lee, digital freedom, ihatetimesheets.com, heifer international, curry house, gigantic brand, cardboard robot, oddica, people like us, happy lucky me, hot wheels, diesel sweeties... and i'm sure there are even more if you look closely at the bigger image below. And of course you can still buy NOTCOT Buttons! (but i might need to reorder soon! and, well, if i do sell out, we'd have to design some new ones to add for tastespotting and notcouture of course! no pressure to help buy them up or anything.)

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