*NOTCOT in design
- 05.07.06 -
I found heaven. It is a giant white cube with openings on each side, where all you see are layers and layers of panels of fabric. Incredibly delicious Kvadrat fabric from their collaboration with genius Tord Boontje - some are relatively transparent printed with the breathtaking flowers and natural patterns, others are dual layered with laser cut floral motifs with the shimmery layers below peeking through. And as you pass through these many layers of floor to what felt like 7-8’ ceilings - you find yourself in the center. As if you entered into a whole other world, a chamber of cylindrical playful colorful stools covered in more fabrics from the collection, and they are all simply divine. No image could really do them justice, but while wandering the Copenhagen Furniture Fair, this was the one thing that blew me away, and i sat in there staring and spinnging around and taking pictures for a while. [Image of the exterior of this mysterious space below].
I have about 130+ images from the fair alone, considering putting up a link to the gallery if people are interested in seeing them.
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UPDATE: Oops, was so tired that night i posted this i had the spelling wrong! links work now!
Danish stuff is the theme for the next few days probably, until i hit Sweden! But check out the best Viking/Danish-y/Touristy piece i found! Seriously if you’re going to have to buy someone something “from copenhagen” - and don’t want to go for that mini copper mermaid on the rock, or that horrible viking troll thing… Danefae has your perfect solution. I LOVE this viking (and yes there’s a mermaid as well but i didnt fall for her quite as hard). The green striped shirt is really fun, and its a good thing i don’t have kids, b/c the bibs, shirts, and unitard type things for them are the most adorable things i’ve ever seen. The totebag is also a great size and has inside pocket (about 4” depth, boxy, versus like an envelope - great beach bag?). Also check out the raincoat, the really sweet store owner at Akimbo [Hyskenstraede 3, 1207 Kobenhaven, +22.214.171.124.01] has them coming in Monday, and swore they were they were worth seeing in person.
Check out a bigger picture of my Viking pouch below, he has fish and utensils. [gave in and got him over the totebag].
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*NOTCOT in design
- 05.06.06 -
Let’s not discuss how this will assist your next excursion, but instead poke at it and be excited at the mere idea it exists. From the people who mashed up Yahoo traffic data with Google maps - they have your Google Maps ASCII-fied! [via the always brilliant infosthetics]
Can you believe how minimalistic yet overflowing with character this bunny ring is? Perfectly hardy enough to give a child, yet beautiful enough to pull of with something funky/fancy? AND diswasher safe? This is also made from the mixing bowls! Gitte Nygard’s ability to transform these everyday plastics into such incredible pieces seriously changes the way i will look at plastic objects in my everyday life.
… and there are more bunny ears in this family! Different ear flips and sizes - see the image below. and make an effort to head over to Mette Saabye’s on Studeistrade 25B, 1455 Copenhagen
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So you understand how the drilling tiny holes together creates playfully subtle imagery… well drill the hole, then take tiny saw blades to make cuts - that make flower details - and then… here’s the clincher - do it all with those plastic mixing bowls we all have in the kitchen! Its gorgeous, sturdy, and one of my favorite details is the fact that these flower broaches, instead of having some gluegunned standard pin back, there are multiple tack backings (you know that type where theres a single prong and then that small circular backing?).
Well this piece is a part of Gitte Nygard’s “Opus Formosus” at Mette Saabye’s- a series of jewelry shaped like flowers in thermoplastic polyurethane [specifically Ancient Magarethe and Rosti mixing bowls!].
Below is a necklace, earings, and broach set which were carved out from plates, and i love how she turns the little details (like the dishwasher safe brand and two toned nature) into added aspects of the set.
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Is it not incredible what you can do with a drill and some plastic? This is the teaser for the next two posts… I was over at Mette Saabye’s Jewelry Gallery/Store and she has an amazing collection in. This watering can really is such a great piece of art!
[*PHOTO HEAVY - full gallery of pics after the jump] The Flow Market exhibition on at the Danish Design Center is a provotcative shop/space that really drives its point home and looks beautiful doing it. Visually i was stunned and as you’ll see below, could barely help taking many many pictures of each and every container, slowly reading each one… [for those who are wondering, yes they are all empty, yes it is kind of like a well labeled, nicely sorted recyclers dream]. It was great to find a completely immersive physical environment focused on opening your mind to the values, comsumerism, dreams we lack, misplaced, overlooked, gave in to, etc. Basically it makes you wish we could simply walk ito a store and buy them… but life’s never that easy is it?
“FLOW is a mindset, an innovation tool and a commercial brand. A mindset focused on sustainable growth. An innovation tool which through the 3 sub-categories “individual, collective and environmental flow” concretizes the parameters for sustainable growth. And finally a brand that through these 3 parameters transforms and concretizes the mindset into commercial products and services.”
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Razors + Skulls + vectory flowers + birds are so in its out? But i still like them, so will continue showing you great implementations of them, like this Copenhagen design week Illum store window. More pics below, they were great window displays. bigger pics below.
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*NOTCOT in food+drink
- 05.04.06 -
Beer label art? This is making reference to the tendency for people to pick at the labels on their beers when nervous. I personally think this is just a great way of always having origami paper handy. No more floppy cranes from napkins. I would love to see some crazy unit origami work with this somehow integrating the bottles instead of just a basic flower fold, but maybe that’s for when you graduate to the hard liquor.
(Another project from Designer’s Block + Lund University, by Clara Lindsten)
Just got in to Copenhagen - so here’s my first Danish post… Stelton’s products have that incredibly clean modern style as applied to this great cardholder, money clip, and luggage tag. If Stelton sounds familiar, this may be why - “For now more than 40 years, the Stelton brand is characterized by its rigid design-language, which is based on the Cylinda-line designed by Arne Jacobsen.”
*NOTCOT in wearable
- 05.03.06 -
I just love the attitue on this tag. The idea is to put silly messages on your tags (upsidedown) for the people behind you to read when they get annoyed by it sticking up. Playing off of the pretty universal annoyance of tags in the first place. Best part about it is that the wearer doesn’t have to see it protruding so obnoxiously, and thus is immune to its effects. This is a great exploit, right in line with the theme:”It’s All In Your Head”. This is Tag A Tag by Therése Broberg. I have a few more good ones from Designer’s Block + Lund I will hopefully get to posting tomorrow.
More fun from Designer’s Block’s show with Lund University. This one is going after those of us who need quick ways of taking inventory of all the amazing number of random things in our bags. Great simple idea, taking those collapsable grocery bags that fold into their own pockets to the next level. Makes me want to hang a giant bag off the fire escape and clean my apartment this way. Bigger pic after the jump.
UPDATE: This is “Inventory Bag” by Linn Källgren and Ingrid Magnusson. The idea is pretty fun, and i can imagine all the times rummaging through my purse when i couldn’t find anything in there and needing to dump it all out practically - or wish i could cover it up when running through the rain! ~Notcot.
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*NOTCOT in food+drink
- 05.02.06 -
Wow the Absolut family sure has grown - they just announced Absolut Ruby Red a few days ago in NY, and it sohuld be available around June. On a more designer note - they always manage to have such incredible graphics - their current Absolut.com interface remines me a lot of Apple’s Front Row and their web slideshows (slick rotation/nice mirrored floor? painfully beautifully clean?) Their music campaign with 11 artists’ tracks and videos you can download are slick - as are the downloads for wallpapers in the “Find Your Flavor” section. - but about the Ruby Red and the ever growing family - it should make for a good Greyhound?
Luck comes and goes - or so we think. Even if it is a psychological construct, if it makes us feel better, i’m all for it. And this tray gives it to you everytime - is pretty + vectory - and hey, you KNOW that four leaf clover is there somewhere (unless it was a sneaky sticker you could re/move).
Via Designer’s Block’s show with Swedish Lund University - “Find your luck” tray “This project was inspired by a universally accepted symbol of good luck – the four leaf clover. Finding a real four leaf clover in the field among ordinary ones is a rare occurrence. Maybe it is easier to find luck on this tray’s pattern?” By Olga Cudakova - Far more images and some help finding the 4 leaf clover below! [click especially because you need to see the birds and dragonflies close up!]
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*NOTCOT in home+decor
- 05.01.06 -
Mario Stipinovich of Split Design [we posted about his animal mugs here previously] - has launched MORE brilliantly simple Cafe Press Animal mugs… now in red as well as black. Mario was kind enough to send us one of his black elephant mugs recently, and i still stand by this being the best use of cafe press i’ve seen recently. How adorable is that hippo?