Impulse buy while at the Monterey Bay Aquarium... a little aquatic indulgence for my kitchen... not that i NEEDED a baster, although i dont have one that amuses me quite like this one. Boston Warehouse AnimalHouse Octopus Baster - over at amazon they have the purple one, but they call it a squid... Check out pics of the store's insanity, close ups of my new adorable baster with and without its silicon head on... and it even comes with a cleaning brush! And has measurements along the side!
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Can you believe we're already at the final installment of the first NOTConcept, a NOTCOT and HERO Design Lab collaboration? So, you've seen the research, the sketching/brainstorming, the concept development, and here is our final piece of NOTConcept 001 - the Ultimate Grill! Here are the 3D renders of the product, and some photomontages of the product in context. Lots to see after the jump ~ in particular, i love the details of how you can swap in different logos/symbols/anything really in the grill plate itself to mark the food differently (whether that is NOTCOT, or "medium rare" and "well done", or a little veggies only symbol)... also its versatile enough to be hanging, or with a floor stand... anyhow see below and the details are outlined!
A+R is the closest thing out there to a NOTCOT store... and the novelty has yet to wear off, since Andy keeps the place stocked with far too much that makes me feel like a kid in a designer candy store. Aside from the Theosauruses that i showed you earlier... i fell for this Puzzle Dinner Tray from Royal VKB designed by Wendy Boudewijns. In a nice unbreakable melamine, this tray helps kids get used to what goes where... and having loved puzzles of all sorts growing up, i just know my mom would have gotten me one of these had it been around when i was a wee one. Although i'm sure i've seen this around the web, playing with it in person won me over to post about it... see some hands on pics below!
So, last week, in collaboration with HERO Design Lab, NOTCOT kicked off NOTConcept 001 with the brainstorming + sketches of what the future grill might look and function like. With input from readers and friends, we're excited to show you Part 2, more detailed sketches focusing on a specific concept that has evolved from idea B1 (the hanging grill/pod idea) and C-series (the "smart fire jacks" idea). The result is this new series of concepts around modular heating elements for cooking, and the various housing they can adapt to... see all the ideas below!
NOTConcept: The Ultimate Grill Part 1. Well, we showed you some of our research on the many grills and induction implementations out there, and now for Part 1, we have 20 ideas to bounce off of you! Yes, those above are only three of 20 sketches that you can see fully after the jump. And those 20, are our favorites of even MORE that didn't even make it off the sketchbook pages and into photoshop! Keep in mind these are the crazy first round of brainstorming types of sketches we start with, before we start to narrow things down based on tighter constraints... and we're looking to have fun conceptually, so, don't worry about trying to actually build any of these - tomorrow?
For a quick recap ~ NOTConcept is a new experimental collaboration between NOTCOT and HERO Design Lab, where we will run through ideas from research and extremely rough sketches to glossy renders in under 2 weeks per project... and document/share it all along the way. Reason? We love designing, and with so much inspiration daily, why not play with fun projects and exercise our design minds/skills outside of our usual client work?
SO ~ curious what we came up with? Take a look below, and help us decide what direction to take when we flesh out one of these ideas in the next post...
NOTConcept 001: The Ultimate Grill - [Research] [1: Idea Sketching] [2: Concept Dev] [3: 3D Renders]
Introducing the first NOTConcept! This is the intro of a new NOTCOT Experiment where NOTCOT has teamed up with industrial design duo, Leo Corrales and Jenny Lemieux, of HERO Design Lab, to put some of the constant design/trend/inspiration curating across NOTCOT to good use... by flexing our design minds and skills and to bring readers further into the design process with us, we will be presenting 4 NOTConcepts in three parts each...
Each NOTConcept will start with a brief and some visual research (starting with a search across NOTCOT.com and NOTCOT.org, and making our way through the internet and real world) - for this premier project we look to design the ultimate portable grill/BBQ utilizing newer/future technologies.
1. The first post will show you various concept sketches, doodles, and ideas (which we'd love to have you weigh in on which direction interests you).
2. The second post will take one of the previous ideas and further research and flush out the concept.
3. The third post will consist of 3D renders of that concept.
(and all three steps will happen in under 2 weeks!)
Basically we wanted to find a fun way to put our skills together, and have some fun, like in our grad school days, and have an opportunity (or excuse?) to work on projects with minimal constraints - basically playing with those inspiring crazy ideas our clients never go for! So... to kick things off, want to see every interesting grill, bbq, induction piece i put together to inspire this first project? (GIANT collage after the jump!)
NOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
Saw these gorgeous vases by Teori over at Designklub. Teori is a Japanese design collective with a focus on bamboo household objects. The craftsmanship in each piece from their Laminated Bamboo Lumber Project is beautiful, but what I love most are the surprising details, like the split in the wood that becomes the opening for the vase, or the slight peak in the bamboo tray (after the jump) that functions as a chopstick rest.
Alcohol and design collaboration is not a new thing, especially not when it comes to Heineken... but this Beertender which is basically a mini at home/office/studio tap for the mini kegs in collaboration with Krups is an interesting product to essentially 'dock' your mini keg and have it good to go for 30 days of perfect draught beer. Details that grabbed me were also their site design and graphics for the instructions, as well as their interesting approach to entering your birthday for proof of age... see screenshots after the jump!
UPDATE - although not new to euros - "The Heineken Beertender we first wrote about almost four years ago is finally getting its US launch tomorrow, March 1. The beertender is a special for-your-home tap that takes in four-liter Heineken DraughtKegs and dispenses via the tap, for a reasonably authentic home beer experience. It'll be exclusively available at Williams-Sonoma stores starting tomorrow for $299, and move into a wider release schedule at the start of April." says Gizmodo
On adorable twists to the usual measuring cups, i was looking for the black and white giraffe measuring cups on black.white.bliss and they don't seem to be on the Anthropologie site anymore... perhaps you can get lucky in a store (picture after the jump of the adorableness!)... but while looking i did find this nestable gaggle of geese measuring cups!
366cm is the swiss design duo Sergio Streun and Vincent Schertenleib. Square is their beautifully subtle trivet that looks like a simple glossy black tile with laser engraved electronic cooker elements, but
as soon as you put a hot pot upon it, it quickly transforms to an orangy red glow that not only conveys the heat but looks beautiful as well.
Ooops. Nevermind, it would have been cooler if it changed!
Just got a fun email from the folks at Rotor over in Brussels ~ and they've done some kitchen cabinetry with industrial leftovers ~ talk about a nice way to do the recycled thing! As they explain: "The paneling of the cupboards for this kitchen is made out laser-cut plywood, an industrial leftover from a company specialized in die-cutting cardboard for the packaging of luxury-goods. The wooden boards were used as punching-plates for punching out the shape of unfolded boxes from larger sheets of cardboard. We had to extract the razor-sharp knives from the slits before being able to saw the boards. This is a project of Lionel Devlieger in collaboration with Eric Van den Broucke."
Gift Guide Day 10! Can you believe we're down to the final 10 gift guide countdown? Over 20 guides up so far already? So to mix things up a bit, and for those of you who like to take it all in at once, i've created a new page showing you all of the gift guides page after page, just scroll to shop your way through! And for those who like them one at a time, well today's is still available in that form here.
Today is all about Culinary Gadgetry! Regardless of how much or little someone may cook these are some gorgeous design tools that help get the job done and in a really fun way. And as an extra little something, i needed to run the TasteSpotting survey this week, so anyone who wants a chance to win a Pentax Optio W30 Digicam, please answer the last question with your email! I wasn't sure what a good prize would be, but since TasteSpotting is as much about great images of food as it is about cooking it... i thought a waterproof digital camera would be a fun one to survive any and all messes in the kitchen! Covered in goo? Falls in a pot? Just rinse it off!
I know i said i couldn't find anything i was desperately craving to put on wishlists this year... apparently as soon as i posted that i stumbled upon the Sagaform catalogs and have been pretty smitten with the whole Sagaform "lifestyle"... and their classically clean swedish lines and colors and approach to designing objects... so my huge collage of a wishlist is below... from watering pots, beautiful knife/cutting boards, carafes with wood to hold them closed, black mini-gym/yoga sets, a clear hotpack with a metal disc within, 30$ hiking set (was on the gift guide), genius "easy shopper" grocery bag that perfectly fits across a cart, a picnic trunk with built in TABLE, and more...
NOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
How amazing would it be to have the ability to customize your cook top to fit all of your cooking needs? Gaggenau has introduced a new product series that lets you do just that: the Vario Series allows you to incorporate an electric bbq grill, a deep fryer, an in-counter steamer, a gas cooktop, and a teppan yaki, to name just a few of the options. Not only does it allow you a range of options, but the Vario Series is easy on the eye, with sleek, minimal lines and clean, functional design. Some day in the future, when Sean and I design our first home, we will definitely customize our cook top to include the bbq grill and deep fryer. And maybe Sean could convince me to install the steamer for some vegetables and dumplings.
Glue Glue Design has two projects that are part of Vindesign 2007 i couldn't resist. First, above is the brilliant idea of turning your citrus fruit into your wine glass! Can you imagine how nice your sangria could be in a glass like that? And talk about biodegradable... I wonder if something like pomegranate would work... And below, check out their interesting take on the Cork. With their reusable stopper you can actually use the original cork to help add leverage to pull it out... or you can just pull with your finger in the loop...
I have such a love hate relationship with advertising ~ i have always admired and loved beautiful creative ads. And then i started off despising them on websites, and was completely torn when it came time to integrate them into my sites in an attempt to have this fun side project carry its own weight. And now? Apparently, now i can get *jealous* over cool ads that *other* sites get. So any designers and media buyers out there ~ if you're ever feeling extra nice, help us get brilliantly designed campaigns to show off (and entertain our readers)! I must even admit there's a tiny part of me that wants to even start putting up ads that i think are gorgeous ~ just b/c its nice to see them on the site... (even if they aren't campaigns we landed) ~ silly isn't it?
Ok rant done. It's a weird friday. BUT here is the campaign i'm loving that triggered that little rant. I grew up with Sub Zero fridges, they always seemed larger than life when i was little... and it's great to see this playful microsite they created for their Sub Zero wine storage systems. They have some great animated imagery of the Enemies of Wine ~ 1. Heat 2. Light 3. Vibration 4. Humidity. See close ups below. And on interesting new "conversational marketing" ideas, nice to see a company like them embracing the blogging medium with their Sub Zero Wine Blog of "insights and advice on all things wine" featuring experts giving their tips.
I could really use an Inside Out Martini right now ~ i'm sure you're all quite familiar with Alissia Melka-Teichroew's Inside Out Glasses ~ the champagne flutes have made the rounds on the design blogs quite a bit... but until she emailed me, i hadn't noticed this great martini glass! [Huge congrats to the AMT Inc team on finding a manufacturer for the collection!!! I can't wait to see these in all the design/home stores.] Other reasons she may seem familiar to you? The now classic "diamond rings" made out of acrylic (and also reinvented into some of the cutest stirrers) - images below if you need some catching up.
Oh, and the main reason she emailed? To share some really cool shopping bags for a store in The Netherlands (called Kwantum) that she designed with Jan Habraken from WATdesign, which are larger reusable grocery bags that sell for 1.50... similar to those Multistorey Re-Bag bags i posted, in that they are bags, with graphics of bags printed on them ~ and they even designed a few others with double handles! Check out the pics she sent over below.
*Swoon* Just got a press release in my inbox saying: "A new kitchen especially designed for men – Miele exclusive supplier of appliances - Poggenpohl presents first Porsche Design kitchen - Herford/Stuttgart. Porsche Design Group and Poggenpohl Möbelwerke GmbH present their first co-designed kitchen P’7340. The kitchen is distinguished for its innovative framework, purist styling and high-quality materials. Kitchen appliances maker Miele & Cie. KG will be the exclusive supplier of all fitted electric appliances."
Firstly, it cracks me up that they say its for men. Is that sexist? Either way, just b/c its nice and minimal should not make it manly. I want it. It screams calm, organized, and controlled to me. Check out more images below, as well as the full press release with more of their justifications on how this is male oriented and the various materials used and the history of the companies collaboration.
If you recall Fusion Brands' Food Loop that i wrote about back in December of 2005... It just came to my attention that they've REALLY expanded the line... and there are some very impressive colorful brilliant uses of silicon to add more color to your kitchen. There is now a Mini Food Loop... a Poach Pod (boil water, and float this with an egg in it)... the Food Loop Lace (letting you play surgeon with silicon thread and built in needle)... the Drizzle Stick (prettier than any honey stick i've seen in a while)... the Cook Hook (magnetic clasp with a hook... an alternative to my use of cable ties to create loops on the dish towels)... and the Tender Press (to tenderize and flatten). More images below, and view the full line at Food Loop.
While checking out Sub-Studio's latest post for us below on TODA... i couldn't help but notice this incredible Corn Stripper they have designed for Oxo! It actually strips the kernels off the cob and into a container that even helps you measure how much you have... and easy grips to hold on to as well.
AR+COOK (Art & Cook) has some incredible designer gadgets for your culinary side. Left to right - citrus reamer, masher, twirl whisk, egg whisk, jet whisk, pizza roller... and that is only a mild black and white selection from their collection... they have quite the assortment of bright colors as well. Apparently Art & Cooks true claim to fame (beyond award winning design) is their Airgonomic handles - "While air is in the handle, zinc is in the core. A strong, durable material that is resistant to stains and scratching, zinc provides a long, maintenance-free life for more than 60 years. The weight of this metal allows the tools to work more efficiently, reducing the need for users to exert excessive force when completing the cooking tasks at hand." ~ diagram of the Airgonomic handles below.
Polly George has some gorgeous ceramic lines designed and made in Kent, which are unlike any other. She's the designer behind the Mr & Mrs Jones lemon and lime squeezers we've seen around for some time. I just spotted the Butterflies series at Oh Joy, and they actually first reminded me of the Mixko rings... Things to pay attention to? The crazy toast rack, butter dish, adorable egg and soldier stand and cake stand. Also, the site is designed with enormous background images (large like 4500 width)... so some snippets of pieces i liked below, but check out Polly's site here to see more.
Twist. There are two points of interest here... 1. the product... loofah sponges! and "euro" sponges... that are trying to revolutionize and evolve the sponge world. At TWIST, they take special care to make sure 99.97% of all our waste is reused in production. And, our cellulose is sourced from renewable tree farms. 2. the branding and packaging... lets be honest here, that's what really got this into my cart at Whole Foods...
So, regarding the product, they seem good enough, a sponge is a sponge, granted it does look a bit cooler and the loofah addition is interesting... but news to me is that you can dishwash it! But on to the branding and packaging... interesting aspect (beyond the playful graphic design and circular windows)... you can make it into a birdfeeder. Innovative idea (especially enticing for moms who want to let their kids have an activity to do while unpacking the groceries)... not so hot on the execution, the packaging is so thin that it's not that sturdy, and i do wish the design made better use of the existing creases and the diecut windows... this bird feeder wouldn't hold up well in a drizzle (how about some water proofed packing?) and isn't quite strong enough to support the birds. And perhaps a small packet of bird feed would be fun too? and the design is much like our print+cut toys we often feature. But great concept, fun sponges.
Doesn't that adam and eve plate just put a smile on your face? Something about the simplicity of the design, and the vibrant red... and those animals on the kids cups? See more gorgeous graphic design from freshly launched (well fall 06) ~ british design/accessories/wallpaper firm : ISAK by Sandra Isaksson. (via design milk)