I could use some magical functioning elixir right about now ~ just drove down to LA from SF a few days ago and have been running around non stop! Spotted these over at Josh Spear's, and i must say i'm curious (although design wise, the packaging and branding of Vitamin Water still seem a bit nicer) ~ these Function Drinks are apparently the brain child of an orthopedic surgeon at UCLA, Dr. Alex Hughes. If these are the magical elixir they seem to claim, i think i might need cases of the Vacation alternating with Brainiac... and occasional doses of Youth Trip and Light Weight mixed in as well.
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The Alembic ~ sister bar to the Magnolia Pub and Brewery down the street on Haight. Haight Street Fair (30th anniversary!) was yesterday, and everyone was out in full force indulging their many vices. At The Alembic i found Good Friends & Great Enemies - and got really sucked in with its incredible branding/graphic design and great ambiance and interiors... oh and also its vast amount of scotches and fine liquors and brilliantly insightful bartenders... OH and i can't forget the delicious gourmet treats (you MUST try the Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut Honey Vinaigrette and the Herb Gnocchi with Serrano Ham, Arrugula Pesto, and Saffron. Mmmm.)
BUT, back to why i'm sharing this with you ~ the design. I sat there fawning over the menus, and bar details, as i sipped my drinks... and now that i'm back, checking out the pictures, and their great website as well, the work that Williamsburg based Nothing Something did on their identity and environment i'm completely taken by. So, more images below, of their design, and ambiance, and even another quick 5 second video of the bar scene.
I think i'm sold on going green... especially when it comes to my vodka - Reyka Vodka is the world's first green vodka- made from glacial water and distilled using sustainable and clean energy from geothermal heat, not to mention it's the first vodka distilled and bottled in Iceland (land of puffins, volcanoes and a female president)... (showed you their brilliant ads and the bottle designs previously)... This time i've got a hands on review for you. Close ups of the gorgeous bottle, and a few fun little videos (still experimenting with my Canon TX1). I'm smitten by how deliciously clean and smooth this vodka is and it's great straight as well as mixed (was delicious with orange and cranberry juice as well as with tonic)...
Here are some interesting tidbits on why else Reyka is incredible: Reyka (pronounced Ray kuh) is derived from the ancient Icelandic word for steam or smoke. The spirit sources naturally demineralized glacial water from the Grabrok Spring situated in a 4,000 year-old lava field. Reykas distillery is located in the smallvillage of Borgarnes in Western Iceland where atmospheric CO2 levels are actually falling. This is due in part to the towns remote location far from sources of industrial pollution. It retails for little over $20, but certainly tastes like it would have cost more.
GET LUCKY! Lucky Drink Co. ads now all over NY ~ i'm testing out working from JFK while waiting to board... also, LOVE the Canon TX1, some great videos from the petra mrzyk & jean-françois moriceau View to Kill show to put up when i get back...
If lucky beer seems familiar... maybe its from .org #711 - wow, that was a long time ago...
DISCLAIMER: i know, one shouldn't drink and shoot... so please excuse the blurriness, but we went for drinks at the penthouse bar of Hotel Gansevoort, and i took shots of the Karim Rashid Veuve Clicquot Loveseat in the lobby last minute on the way out! That being said... i posted about this chair previously, and it was really fun to see and try it out in real life. It's actually pretty fun to sit in, but completely impractical if you want to have a romantic loveseat - good for keeping a safe amount of distance though... and not place to really put your glasses, so its ideal for bottle chugging perhaps. Its as slippery as it looks, and you can surely slide about in it far too easily, and beware of sharper objects like jeans rivets, which would surely scratch it up pretty badly. Also funny is how they displayed it with a life-size image behind it... so taken right, you could have a picture of that guy looking down at YOU! Many more images of the chair and the view from the roof below.
What is one to think when your favorite candy company comes out with an incredibly gorgeous line of absinthe products... with some of the most breathtaking graphics and packaging? Chic City Rats pointed out this collection, and noted that Torino based, Pastiglie Leone is turning 150 this year! (If you're feeling nice and seeing this in france or italy, send some over!) Far more pics below...
On the list of things i blame the internet for - add this case of Mexican Coca Cola - $17.99 for 24 at Costco, in those fabulously irresistible classic glass bottles - and REAL SUGAR. Not that i can't get these at the corner store around the... corner. Or the little taco place less than a block away... but i blame Digg followed by YumSugar and also SFist. In one of those morning RSS skims i hear, "Digg says there are cases of mexican coke at costco!"... Figures that when my response is "But which costco, you don't even know if they are in SF", that the only ones the articles know have them for sure are here. So a day early - FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO. Costco and the marketing frenzy for this holiday are in full force, and between the "beers of mexico" cases and the bulk sized frozen burritos and tortilla chips... its true, you can find bulk cases of the *real sugar* coca cola bottles. More silly pictures below, couldn't help myself - on design details, i love that bottle made of bubbles graphic.
Reyka Vodka - previously i showed you their brilliant ads (and for all who wondered who the actress is, meet Hafdis Huld - an Icelandic singer/songwriter, and was formally in the dance/ indie band GusGus, check out her adorable vlog). Just as cool as those ads, are the various foil wraps on the bottles - gorgeous vibrant graphic design. Above are my favorite 4 (and more images of the others below). Can't wait to try the real thing and tell you more.
Yes, it's probably hard to imagine yourself drinking wine that doesn't come from a bottle. I remember when boxed wines came out and they were (and still are) the butt of many jokes. Classic glass bottle = classy and traditional. But with stuff like the Sofia Mini enjoying some success or at least garnering interest from the young and chic set, maybe people are ready for something new. So here's the environmentally friendly wine label, French Rabbit. Their "vintage-dated wines, the first premium French wines in an eco-friendly Tetra Pak™ container, are sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the sunny Pays d’Oc region of Southern France."
According to the French Rabbit site, the container takes less energy to produce than a glass bottle, is 100% recyclable, weighs less so it can be shipped more efficiently, and you can also squeeze out air from the container so that the wine lasts longer. Pretty smart!
Reyka Vodka ~ from iceland ~ their ads on youtube have had me in stitches all morning (watch them all below). Her voice and outfit are ADORABLE... in a hilariously cute kind of way... and the black and white sketchy animated world she exists in is just brilliant. And her poignant arguments make me giggle too much this morning. So, while i can't say anything about how good the vodka is, the ads certainly make me want to try some... gorgeous bottle as well. Check out their website here, its got some pretty woodblock style graphics.
On sleek furniture designs... i fell for the Karim Rashid Veuve Clicquot Loveseat this morning over at Luxist. There's something about the infinite curves, yet a nice separation of space (with a bottle of bubbly as the border?) thats enticing, and the photography for the piece is beautifully surreal. More images below.
Nothing beats one of those rainy doldrum days quite like an unexpected package waiting outside the door. Especially one quite so SHINY. And actually, when it contains energy drinks, that certainly helps one perk up quite nicely. G Pure Energy and those brilliant VOSS designers sent over this large shiny volume that when opened exposes two of their latest flavor - Orange Blossom. I just chugged the first one while typing and photoshopping this, and it is the best flavored energy drink i've tried yet. But then again, i maybe be a bit biased, since i do love a good orange flavored drinks... More images below of the fun packaging as well as some random shots for my rainy day amusement.
Double walled glass has been showing up a lot lately... but never quite like this. For all pint glass lovers like designer Emiko Oki, this line of glasses she designed adds more function to the classic shape. In 4 models, there is the candle holder, the ashtray, the vase, and my personal favorite - the goblet (isn't it fun with colored drinks in it?).
Teaposies are hand made bouquets bundled and waiting to bloom in your gorgeous glass teapots. Similar to the Adagio Blooming Teas, the ones at Teaposy seem to have more variation in their flavors and design... and remind me a lot of Lush for some reason. (if lush made tea to go with that fizzing bath bomb, this would be it?) More mesmerizing than the concept and the tea as it brews... are the images of how these are made. See more below.
Next in the ever growing family of Absolut fruit flavors... PEAR. And this time they are selling it with some gorgeous videos of things being blown up... from apples, espressos, watches, donuts and more... (see videos below). Apparently this is the Absolut Temptation.
Balance Water... aussie brand of water that seems to resemble Smart Water pretty closely... main difference? Apparently its all about the flower essences which have been infused... and variations specific for women, children, and TRAVELING. If these infusions really did what they say, it sounds pretty impressive, and quite the trip... for example- Grey Spider: Releases fears and phobias of perceived danger and Crowea: Calms and helps with worry. Has a centering affect.. Just another interesting addition to the growing list of water options ~
For fellow acai fans, and just because this was some fun packaging/bottle design and branding ~ just noticed Bossa Nova. And for anyone unfamiliar with acai - "What is açai? Açai (ah-sci-ee) is a rainforest berry - a small, dark purple fruit that grows on palm trees on the floodplains of the Amazon basin. Recent scientific study has earned Bossa Nova Acai Juice it the enviable title of “world’s healthiest fruit” in part, because it is likely to be the world’s highest antioxidant fruit."
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne has teamed up with Jaime Hayon (yes, of the Showtime and AQ collections) ~ and have collaborated on a signature red champagne bucket and champagne bowl. Beautifully iconic (as all of his work is) ~ this collection will be debuting exclusively at two locations in New York City, one in Miami Beach and one in Chicago through April 2007 (full listing below). " These items are made entirely out of Surlyn, a material commonly used in molded luxury goods, and continue in the tradition of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck’s striking red color."
I have a thing for bottled water ~ and if you recall, we've had a few rounds of water bottle lists, etc going around on notcot. While often we DO tend to judge the water by its bottle... after all, is it not the ultimate packaging design project? ~ few waters actually make my drinkworthy list... my top favorites are still SmartWater and Voss... but last week a bottle of Lauquen Artesian Mineral Water showed up, and this New Patagonian water truly is as crisply delicious as the bottle is elegantly pretty. I like the part where it is "comes from eternal pure ice and rain naturally purified by the Andes Mountains and imbued with a unique blend of minerals."
Modern Twist's Vinotagz ~ 1. beautifully simply elegant 2. great materials (non-toxic silicone stem markers can even pencil a name on them ) 3. ingenious packaging - did you SEE that carrying case that you can slip on a bottle of wine?
Design*Sponge tipped me off on these this morning, and i just LOVE them, they are possibly the perfect gift to stock up on, for each and every time you bring wine to a party.
We show a lot of "luxury waters" here on notcot... mostly because they tend to have stunning packaging and/or logo design. So it's with great pleasure that i show you Charity Water - gorgeous design, and brilliant concept...
If you were ever to spend 20$ on a bottle of water, this is the one. Buy a case. Flavorpill and Scott Harrison ("a flavorpill friend and former NYC club promoter, now global promoter of greater good") are building sustainable sources of water in Africa, and we can all help. 100% of proceeds from Charity: Water go towards building wells and creating safe drinking water sources. Flavorpill is donating $2,000 needed to build a well, and they are looking to the rest of us to pitch in to help raise the other $2,000. (via coolhunting)