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Seersucker Candy Co for Bourbon Lovers

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Mmmmmmm… good scotch and dark chocolate are a favorite pairing of mine. Bourbon and caramel is another delicious one. Now mix up a delicious soft bourbon caramel in a divine dark chocolate shell… shape it with facets and colorful splashes and gold? WOW. Especially good when it isn’t just any bourbon but - Belle Meade Sherry Cask Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Weller Antique 107 Proof, and Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Seersucker Candy Co. and Olive & Sinclair have outdone themselves. Their new limited edition Bourbon Lover’s Collection is a terrible thing, simply because they are only making 100 factory exclusive boxes that you can’t order online! I wish i could send you all a box! It’s THAT good.

When i first noticed it on their instagram, it was so pretty and sounded so good i shared it on NOTCOT.org immediately. Then as we kept working on the Nashville house, being only a few blocks away from the Olive & Sinclair factory/store, I convinced Shawn to take a break with me to go get some! We joke that we picked the new house project in part because of its proximity to delicious chocolates and our favorite breakfast sandwich, but having tasted these new chocolate caramels, maybe it’s not really a joke? Take a peek at more details on the next page - and if you’re in Nashville, go get some!

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Columbia Survival Labels

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Columbia Survival Labels - a series of special informational hangtags printed on laser perforated/etched/cut steel! Each one can be popped out and turned into Sewing, Fishing, Sun Dial, Purifier, Sextant, and Handsaw Tools! Such a fun project from Olgilvy Istanbul. They also made a great video for it - and at the end it they tell you that they are currently available at 41.002 N, 28.9784 E - which takes you to the heart of Istanbul! And they tease “worldwide distribution coming soon” so don’t rush out to poke at these hang tags in person quite yet. Check out the video and details on the next page.

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Icebox Coffee Concentrate

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We’re currently in Nashville - and as usual, gave into a packaging based impulse buy! Check out this Icebox Coffee Concentrate! Love that it basically has a built in jigger. Squeeze to fill the 1/2-1oz section, and uncap and pour! Ounces on one side and mL on the other. How can you not grab the bottle in the refrigerated section amongst all the bottles and cans? It is similar to Bettix Twin Neck Dispensing Bottles - which are more commonly used for horticulture, animal health, herbal supplements, fuel additives, pond/aquarium treatments, industrial and domestic cleaning markets. See more details of the packaging on the next page!

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Unboxing: Saint James Press Kit

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Oooh a surprise arrived from Saint James - and to be honest, i knew little about them until this fun (and very informative) hands on box of goodies arrived. The branding, illustrations, and playfulness of the kit let you play with the various stages of wool (from raw to washed to combed) while learning about how their sweaters are made and what goes on in the french atelier… since 1889. There’s even a canvas scroll of their historical timeline!

Fun facts from the timeline - “From the mid 17th century, fishermen from Brittany and Normandy would go to the Channel Islands and to England to sell vegetables during the fishing off-season. They traveled the England countryside to mostly sell garlic, and wore these long wool shirts, often dyed indigo (one of the only shades resistant to sea air). As soon as they reached a hamlet, they shouted out for auction, “Marchand d’ail! Marchand d’ail!” (Garlic seller) but the locals only held on to the word “chandail”. As time passed, this wool shirt took on the name “chandail”. Fascinating! It went on to become the iconic striped sailor shirt/sweater we imagine today.

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Rapha Citroen H Van Toy

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Far too excited about my new toy… Citroen HY Van! These amazingly iconic (and super utilitarian) vans have been a fixation of ours for years now… and when Shawn and i were grabbing lunch and wandering Abbot Kinney, we checked out the Rapha Pop Up, and while their full sized H Van wasn’t there, this amazing little 1:24 scale toy one was! So I had to get it. In a fantastic matte grey - complete with sliding panel door and a back that pops open - it’s going to be tough to stare at the scale model without wanting a full sized one even more! Take a peek at the awesome details on the next page.

p.s. We’ve also done lots of research and have SO many ideas on importing one to the states, doing an engine conversion, and making it into a really fun shop, adventure mobile, experience on wheels and more… Interested? Want to make our dream come true? Let’s chat!

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LA Love: Compartes Chocolate

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With neighbors doing construction on with two sides of our bedroom wall (it’s that time of year?) starting at 7am every day, i’ve certainly been a bit more of a grumpy zombie than i’d like to admit. BUT, luckily we’ve been trying to counteract all of that with field trips… and chocolate can never hurt! So the other day we popped over to Compartes! As fun as their wacky photocollaged chocolate bars boxes are individually (or in little clusters at stores) - a wall FULL of them is pretty mesmerizing… and bound to take your mind off anything else. And the black and white stripes inside their black and white bags are so fun to stare into! So we picked a few bars, a bunch of chocolate covered marshmallows and oreos as well as some dark cherry and strawberry clusters and headed home after construction to dive in. How can “Campfire S’mores” and “Let Them Eat Cake” and “Donuts & Coffee” chocolate bars not make you feel better?

Check out the delectable (and visual) inspiration on the next page!

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Unboxing: Kleenex Facial Cleansing

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So, it seems Kleenex is branching out… to new Kleenex Facial Cleansing, which is currently only available on their own online store. Firstly - this post is about PACKAGING. (Because i’m not feeling the cleansing products so much. I even made Shawn try the wipe - and I tried the rest… and well, anything that isn’t cleanser free has a bit of a chemical scent/feel. So now that that’s out of the way… back to the packaging!) When i first saw pictures of this new line, i thought it was a student branding/packaging concept. It was so pretty - and it just didn’t seem like what i’d expect from Kleenex. So when i realized it was REAL, i had to poke at it all in person.

The Kleenex Facial Cleansing line has 5 products: exfoliating cushions (just add water and scrub), moist facial wipes, cotton soft pads (huge!), moist eye makeup removers, and shine away sheets. The branding is lovely and clean/fresh, and the products and packaging show that quite a bit of design and thoughtfulness went into each one. It’s cute that the exfoliating cushions, wipes, and eye makeup removers come in solid clear/white plastic containers (complete with o-rings to keep moist things from drying out!) - each is refillable by popping in a fresh pack. In reality - the refillable boxes are of much higher quality than i expected. Biggest surprise of all - the bottoms all have holes! If you expected to use these containers later for anything else, think again! (Though you could keep an empty plastic refill pack inside.)

Take a look at the unboxing and product details on the next page!

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Petco Dog Toys with (Squeaker) Heart

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There’s nothing more delightful than a thoughtfully designed surprise. Especially when you don’t even remotely expect it! Any dog owner (or friend of a dog) knows that squeakers don’t get to stay in toys long, and have likely experienced collecting up MANY clear plastic circular squeakers. Well Bucky just received an adorable camping themed duck and moose, and when it came time to get the squeaker from him (aka 5 minutes after he got the toys)… it was a red heart! These Petco Leaps & Bounds Camper Collection literally have heart! And they don’t even seem to advertise it on the product descriptions or labels. I love that they tucked a secret surprise into the toys where you least expect it.

Yay for delightful design! Designing physical objects that transcend their basic purpose and change the experience for the happier! They remind me of the red construction paper heart inside the Whole Foods Talking Pineapple Armadillo!

See more details on the next page!

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Belcampo Beef Blunts

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On things disguised as other things… while at Belcampo Butcher Shop in Santa Monica, i came across these faux-cigars (in wood box and all) that are 100% Beef Blunts! So of course i had to try one!

They are basically fancy slim-jims? Mini cigar shaped salamis? They are what i imagine our hardcore paleo non-smoking friends will give out at the birth of their kids. take a peek at the details and what’s inside (as well as the lovely Belcampo store!) on the next page.

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Inside the Perfume Magazine Insert that sprays!

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A flat spray perfume magazine insert! You can press it kind of like a perfume bottle for a few sprays. While they have apparently been around since 2010 (at least), when i came across this one in Bazaar, i had to take it apart. Sadly while testing it out, totally sprayed my whole arm and now stink while writing this up. It’s an interesting concept though - instead of the usual peel the page or peel the sample - you pull the tab (watch out it might spray straight up!) and squeeze it! Basically when you pull the tab you expose the hole, and when squeezing you force the air/perfume out. See details on the next page!

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Unboxing: Malfy Gin con Limone

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Mmmmm… a beautiful press kit just arrived from Malfy Gin, a new spirit from Biggar and Leith. Did you know that Gin was invented in Italy - In the 11th Century?!?!?! Italian monks in Salerno infused alcohol with Juniper berries and gin was born. Over the years, my friends tend to fall in the gin lovers and the not-a-fan of gin folks… Hendrick’s was one of the first to start converting the not-a-fan group (myself included)… but Malfy Gin! It’s so… zesty? refreshing? delicious! Beyond the branding and colors that just scream summer - my first sip tasted like summer too! The crisp refreshing lemon filled flavors hit you long before you realize you’re sipping gin.

It brought me right back to being 20 in Cinque Terra. Distracted by glistening ocean views, we hiked up the trail further than we realized without packing water (i blame the last night’s activities)… and luckily came upon an older Italian man tending to his garden, who offered us a huge lemon that he cut up with his pocket knife. In any other situation, i can’t imagine devouring it as easily as we did, and while it was tart, it was incredibly sweet and juicy! That first splash of Malfy Gin on the rocks tasted just like that. Italian Riviera Summer… in a bottle? Honestly, while it looks lovely with a twist - it certainly doesn’t require it!

So back to this delicious new gin… or delightful lemony liquor (for your “non-gin” friends) - “MALFY G.Q.D.I. (Gin di Qualita Distillato in Italia) is distilled by the Vergnano family in Moncalieri, Italy, using a traditional stainless steel vacuum still. Malfy Gin’s is made from 6 botanicals including Juniper (Ginepro in Italian) and lemon sourced from the Italian Coastline,” says Biggar and Leith. I’m fascinated by the story, delighted by the branding (those colors!) and packaging (the stopper is Italian Oak!), and reaching to refill my Malfy on the Rocks as i write this.

Take a peek at all the details on the next page!

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Gift Guide: Easter Chocolates

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Wow - Happy March! Easter is nearly upon us… and with it come a barrage of bunnies, chicks, and chocolate! There are the childhood classics like Cadbury Creme Eggs and the Mini Eggs… and then there are all the other drugstore/supermarket options and variants… as well as all the overly ornate (and often HUGE) chocolate eggs… but i’m most curious about the modern and unique Easter Chocolate options available this year! Much like my Valentine’s Day 2016 Chocolate Gift Guide - while these CAN be gifts, i’m even more interested in the seasonal packaging and product designs! Take a look at how Easter 2016 is looking in the chocolate world on the next page!

p.s. If there are more you find or love that i’m missing - leave a comment!

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Martinis in Tins

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What’s up with marTINis? Literally martinis in tins… stumbling around the internet last night, i found the adorably packaged martini tin from Continental Delicatessen in Newton, NSW… then hunting for more i found the Fisherman’s Can Martini from Hotel Megaro’s Bar in London. But that’s pretty much it! Have you had any? Take a peek at what i found on the next page - they are both more interesting because they have lovely labels of course too!

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Made by NOTCOT: Nextbit Robin Press Kit

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You know you’re a designer when… watching people unbox something you MADE is even more of a thrill than unboxing incredible packaging and designs? Those following along the last decade already know that i love unboxing great products in great packaging - especially mind blowing press kits! So, NOTCOT has jumped to the other side (again) and we put all that press kit love to work for Nextbit!

Shawn and I are so excited to finally share the Nextbit Robin Press Kits we designed and built! You’ve seen the teasers and making-of post… now see the actual press kit, delivery, and a peek at some of them in the wild! Made of wood, foam, SF Fog paint, and a piece of elastic, these boxes present the stunning phone, sheep mascot vinyl toy (which we unboxed earlier), charger/cable, and sometimes cases to prominent media outlets. The beautiful design and branding of Nexbit set the bar high - just where we like it. Ready to see all the details? To the next page!

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Trader Joe's Coffee: Brew In The Bag

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Trader Joe’s Pour Over Coffee that you Brew In The Bag! As usual - Trader Joe’s has fun with the graphic design on their private label goods. How could we resist trying out this adorable Pour Over Coffee that you brew in the bag? Just add hot water! Also - we much as Shawn’s all about the chemex and fresh stumptown… it’s pretty good! Supposedly the quality falls somewhere between a traditional pour over and french press.

A bit of research quickly shows that the danish company behind this fun packaging and concept is Grower’s Cup. They have this setup for both coffee and tea - as well as specialty kits (like Irish Coffee!) and you can even find some on Amazon. While not necessarily something you need at home - it’s perfect for on the go, especially camping! AND… the cheap, flat packaging is REUSABLE! Just scoop out the grounds and refill.

See more pictures of all the details on the next page.

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Gift Guide: Valentine's Day Chocolates

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Mmmmm chocolate. It should come as no surprise that i love a good piece of chocolate… especially a beautifully wrapped or designed piece of deliciousness. A quick search for chocolate on NOTCOT.org brings up quite a bit - as does looking for chocolate on NOTCOT.com! Over the last 10 years, that’s a lot of chocolate.

Well Valentine’s Day is around the corner (or so marketers want us to think, since Christmas is over) - and since historically, chocolate and V-day go hand in hand - being one of the biggest chocolate selling holidays, that means loads of special packaging and chocolate offerings coming up every February. And it has already begun! I found so many Valentine’s 2016 chocolate specials, and have rounded up the most interesting (and delectable) ones in this roundup. From incredible box graphics, to chocolate frogs, lovebugs, oysters, champagne corks, cigars and more…

So whether you need to get started on ideas and planning early, or are just curious to see what i found researching chocolate tonight… see it all on the next page!

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Unboxing: Nextbit Black Sheep Toy

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Surprise from Nextbit just arrived! An adorable BLACK SHEEP! When you hear Nextbit, you probably think of the Nextbit Robin - that rockstar kickstarter of a phone that’s all about smart, magically efficient use of the cloud - and it’s coming really really soon to all the backers and buyers! While i could easily delve into all the fun details of the phone… that’s not what we’re here about. In addition to the Robin, Nextbit also turned its cloud logo into an ADORABLE SHEEP MASCOT… then had our friend, Andrew Bell turn him into a vinyl toy! In fact, if you couldn’t afford or didn’t want the phone, but wanted a sheep toy - that was even an option on their kickstarter. Take a peek at some of the fun, playful branding and an unboxing of this adorable sheep on the next page.

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Triggertrap Mobile Packaging

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I played with the Triggertrap Mobile App a while back - and it’s pretty fun! You can use it to control your phone camera in timelapse mode, sensor modes (clap, move, whistle, face recognition, etc!), HDR modes, remote modes (wifi! wearables!)… and if you buy the cable adapter to your proper camera you can turn your phone into a remote trigger/shutter controller for all kinds of cable release modes! To be honest, i played with it for a while, totally intended to buy a cable to try it with my Canon 5D MKIII… and one thing lead to another and i forgot.

… until i was over at Photojojo the other day, and shopping around, i stumbled back across the Triggertrap camera cable and decided it was time to play with it! And yes, it’s so so fun! It also arrived crazy fast and with a surprise toy dinosaur (Thanks, Photojojo!) But what REALLY surprised me, was how awesome their packaging is! How had no one shown me that part first… i probably would have impulse bought it even earlier. It’s also such a cute, easy stocking stuffer! It actually reminds me a lot of the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Unboxing. What i love most? It’s JUST A CABLE… but they’ve packaged it to feel like so much more as you “Rip it like it’s hot” to get inside to the nicely molded case… and even then there’s info printed inside the sleeve and a sticker inside. Nice details. Fun colors! And a simple, powerful, easy to use app UI! Awesome experience all around!

Packaging aside for a moment - i like that Triggertrap sells additional connection cables. So when you have the basic set, but buy a new camera, you just buy the piece you need. Also open source licenses! They are sharing the Triggertrap v1 and Triggertrap Shield for Arduino source code, schematics, and even eagle files.

But pack to the packaging… see the details on the next page!

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Glossier Packaging

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From beauty blog, Into The Gloss, comes Glossier - a product line! While there are probably millions of beauty products and lines out there… what really made me take the leap to try out their goods are… the PACKAGING! (Yes, packaging totally makes a difference) Also… the whole customer experience and online experience they’ve created. It’s lovely, playful, thoughtful… both online and in your hands!

The Glossier Mask Duo Set is just beautifully put together. A perfect, easy gift for just about anyone! 12 single use face masks and a headband. Who doesn’t need some pampering and forced relaxation between holiday chaos? And the limited edition gift set is inspired by Russel Stover Chocolates - “Whether you’re into chocolate or not, who doesn’t love a good box of candies? The crinkle of the vellum paper. The laser-printed ribbon. The fact that you can share it with friends, colleagues, whomever (but you also don’t have to).” Only, instead of chocolates you get the most adorable dozen blue and green mask PODS! Like nespresso pods… for your face! They would make adorable stocking stuffers on their own… if you could bare to break up the box! Also perfectly purse/travel friendly!

Seriously, from the custom packing tape you cut through to open the box, to the stunning gift set sleeves… to the hefty boxes, velum info sheet, and perfectly cut tray with 12 little glossy pods… it’s a fantastic tactile and visual experience before the products even make it into your bathroom. And the golden tickets - a lovely touch - a secret code in each box to give you… a surprise! Ooh and they even have a video looking at the packaging details of the set! Take a peek on the next page at the Glossier Mask Duo Set and the Glossier Phase 1 Set.

p.s. Here’s a link for 20% off at Glossier

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Gift Guide: Coffee Roaster Merch

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Thinking about genres that are inspiring beautiful graphics and branding… i keep finding myself fascinated by the merch when we pop in to super hip coffee spots… particularly coffee roasters! Sooooo here’s a Coffee Roaster Merch Gift Guide!

I thought about opening it up to all/anything coffee related… but by then you have every coffee shop in the world to comb through, as well as coffee mugs in general, coffee related paraphernalia, tools, gadgets, and the list will go on and on. You might as well add in the world of tea at that point. So coffee roaster merch focus it is! Not that that is even an easy feat. Also the world of coffee packaging is an amazing thing to dive into as well! From beautiful labels to unique packaging to amazing names for special editions… so that isn’t really included here either. But I digress…

This Coffee Roaster Merch Gift Guide is a good go to for your coffee loving friends who are incredibly picky about where their coffee comes from, how it was roasted, AND loves great design. Think gift sets, mugs, apparel, totes, coins, and more. When looking at coffee roaster merch - you will find more old school diner mugs, enamelware camping mugs, and NotNeutral Lino Mugs, and KeepCups than you imagined possible, but the further you look, the more surprises you find too! So far the list is mostly North American, but hey - it’s 2am! - so feel free to suggest more i should check out in the comments, and i might keep growing this guide!

Ready to dive in? Check it out on the next page!

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Gift Guide: Packaging & Pampering

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Wow - over the years we have had over 70 gift guides on NOTCOT. The last few years i took a breather, but continued to share all the “Buyable” inspiration on NOTCOT.org throughout the year. Well today… I felt like making a gift guide! Kind of like the old ones (collection of fun giftable products!), but different type of theme!

So here’s my Packaging & Pampering Gift Guide! Because one of my favorite things about holiday shopping is the specially packaged gift sets! Useful products you can find everyday that are all bundled and wrapped in fun illustrations, festive colors, and more. It’s a part of holiday shopping that is actually only available during the holidays! Genres we see this most in - alcohol, food, and definitely beauty! So let’s dive in and see some of the fun 2015 holiday packaging to pamper your giftees (or yourself) on the next page!

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The Honest Kitchen: Scratch & Sniff for Dogs

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The Honest Kitchen has launched a holiday scratch & sniff story… for dogs! The free storybook packed with samples, Is that my dinner?, does not actually have scratch & sniff DOG FOOD (like i initially would have guessed)… but rather scents you can find around the holidays… and people food! After all, The Honest Kitchen is all about people quality food for dogs. The agency behind this cute holiday story is RTO+P, according to Adweek.

Take a peek at the promotional holiday storybook up close on the next page as i let Bucky flip through it… the hard part was keeping him from trying to jump right to the ending.

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Unboxing: Teenage Engineering PO-12

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So far we’ve loved everything Teenage Engineering for years… from afar… or through the internet. The design, photography, and ideas are always incredible! But between getting in to SF and meeting friends for dinner, we managed to squeeze in a few stores in the Mission, one of them being the unmissable Dijitalfix. Drawn in by the Freitag pop up in front, and sucked further in by so many design brands we adore… before i knew it, i lost Shawn. Turns out he ended up in the backroom completely engrossed by all the Teenage Engineering toys. And while he was busy pushing buttons and learning how they all worked, i couldn’t stop staring at the products themselves… and the packaging… and the displays! So that was settled… we had to buy one! While it was tough decide, we’re starting with the PO-12 rhythm

And of course, in the small amount of time between procuring the PO-12 and meeting for dinner… we couldn’t resist buying batteries, parking, and unboxing it in the car so we could play with it! So here’s a first for me… an iphone camera unboxing in our car parked on the street at night. Ready to see how awesome it is? See the pics on the next page!

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ANA Samsonite Amenity Kits

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Fun packaging still makes me happy and totally brings out the little kid in me. My dad just got back from one of his Singapore trips and just dropped off these adorable ANA Samsonite Amenity Kits. Apparently Samsonite is the new Rimowa when it comes to first class amenity kits that look like mini suitcases. (See more on Rimowa Amenity Kits here.) In fact ANA used to have Rimowa ones until they switched. The new ones are minis of the Samsonite Cosmolite luggage line (which i think i might actually have the carry on of stashed away somewhere…) Inside the kit are all the usuals - eye mask, toothbrush/paste, ear plugs, and a large set of Shiseido Ginza Skincare. Take a peek at all the details on the next page.

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MARCH: Jollypop

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Jollypop! These beautiful, natural lollipops by March have such lovely branding and packaging, and look deliciously designed. When flipping through Justine’s pictures, i stopped immediately at these and had to know more. Not only are they playful to look at - but their booth had them displayed on sound dampening pyramid foam!

Who is March? “MARCH is product invention studio based in Vilnius, Lithuania.We like new materials and technologies. We like good design. And we like good concept even better.” Martynas Kazimierenas and Egle Opeikiene definitely sound like our kind of people. I love that they go on to say “MARCH is anti-designerism. Most new designer products are unnecessary in our overproduced world. Besides, every new production have impact to the environment. New products have to be better in their concept, not just appearance. MARCH is new concept + new technology + new material = new goodness.” We need more designers who think like this.

Ok - but back to those Jollypops that we found at Tent London 2015… double sided cherry lollipop! And they are all handmade. see all their loveliness on the next page!

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