I found myself browsing the Moët & Chandon site, and quickly pulled into their gorgeous section flying you through their heritage (fascinating stuff...) as well as the behind the scenes video of the new "be fabulous" campaign that was shot in NY by photographer, Roxanne Lowit. And then from a product perspective, i had to share the new Moët Rosé Indulgence Coffret ~ you know how i can't resist the sleek glossy black lacquer... and although not usually a huge pink fan, i do like my Rosé, and there's something so appealing about this "18th centure boudoir, a world of indulgence and richesse..." inspired coffret... nice touch having it under lock and key - complete with big pink tassel. More close ups on the next page...
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So this engraving trend has been huge lately... grab a laser engraver and you can throw everything from moleskines to macbooks to.... well, you name it! Joe from EngraveYourTech and EngraveYourBook, sent over one of his creations, and it arrived while i was out of town, so by the time i got back i was so jetlagged and tired that when dan and i first looked at the moleskine, it took a second to remember that it was laser engraved. In fact first we were there touching it and looking at it up close arguing whether it was engraved or just silkscreened in this matte brownish color, since you could barely feel the indentation...
So we did the only thing we could do... get SUPER up close (200x) shots to see what was really going on... and here you can see, its clearly engraved enough just to scrape that black layer off... and then we even cut a tiny chunk out of the corner to see the colors underneath (you can also see pics of that, and slightly less upclose pics on the next page)... and if you still aren't convinced, there is also a video on the next page of this exact pattern being engraved on a moleskine...
The press release starts off "In these days of soaring gas prices, yelps of cash crunches and real estate depression, the last thing anyone would do is destroy money. Well, anyone but Yoko Devereaux that is. Launching for spring/summer 2008, Old Money, is a collection of coins hand cut into works of art Yoko has attached to aged sterling silver necklaces. As Creative Director, Andy Salzer, explains, "It is about taking something that is so relevant in our society and then destroying it."
Somehow, i think the destruction of pennies, to turn them into 88$... is not exactly the dumbest way to "destroy money" in a recession, but that's just me. Personally, i have always admired some of the more gorgeous designs to appear on money, and this is a beautiful way to isolate those elements... now if only they would make one with that one pound coin that has the dragon on it! See a close up on the next page...
On fun ways to kick off your Monday, i'm sure most of you are familiar with Andrew Bell's Creatures In My Head. For those who are not, he has the most incredible doodles of critters he dreams up, and they amuse me daily! Well, on great uses for $18, i'm in love with his adorable new book! DO NOT EAT: a collection of creatures by Andrew Bell... a glossy magenta softcover filled with glossy pages of his daily creatures, sculptures, paintings, illustrations... and an awesome set of pull out postcards! My favorite postcard is definitely the "Hey Everyone, it's TAC O'clock!" one... which i'll give you a sneak peek at on the next page!
Remember when "toy stores" used to be for kids, then there was that shift of "toy stores" like kidrobot and giant robot... toys for grownups and saved in boxes as collectibles and untouchable toys when that vinyl toy trend kicked in hard? Well, due to some combination that i'm getting old and more of my friends are having babies, or its that time of year, i'm suddenly finding myself shopping for baby gifts more and more lately... and what's been really fun, is watching these vinyl toys transform back into stuffed toys for our little ones!
We all know that gifts for kids under 3 are really more gifts for their parents, seeing as the kids will barely remember them as they grow up anyhow. So for all the playful parents with a love for vinyl toys, various cheeky, slightly twisted characters, and designs from incredible artists... here's a little roundup of stuffed toy options which i am considering toys that have come full circle, and are perfect for the babies of parents who loved the originals that inspired them... break down of the toys above on the next page!
Highlight of the Dwell on Design LA exhibition... the STORE! Design superstore, A+R, and the best art+architecture bookstore, Hennessey + Ingalls, made up the Dwell on Design Store in front of the west hall of the LA convention center ~ and it made the trip worth it. While i spent about 5-10 minutes wandering the show floor, it was the store that really grabbed me... Andy forgot to tell me how many more of my favorite products were being added to the store (unfortunately not on the online store yet!) for this special pop up store! And Phillip of Citizen Citizen was here with more of his fabulous collection than is usually found in their stores as well!
As anyone who ran into me over there knows... i was like a kid in a candy store, oohing and ahhhing and dying to buy things i've been posting about, that A+R now has... so if you're in LA and bored tomorrow, perhaps pop by the pop up store in front of the exhibition... it's before you even have to register for the actual show (Free Ticket To the Dwell on Design Exhibition: BDODEC). Take a look at the pics of the store and a few of the hottest items available!
Super cute prints just showed up in my inbox... and since we seem to be quite the bunch of animal lovers/biologists, i couldn't resist sharing these Three Potato Four's "Bird Survey" prints by Matt Cipov and "Gnatcatcher with Nest + Eggs" large print. See more images on the next page as usual...
NOTCOT Note: I finally got to meet up with Anna and Sean of Sub-Studio when i was in NY, and they are even more fun than i could have imagined! Definitely NOTCOT people, and i'm so excited to have her as a contributor! (I'm not so used to the meeting people on the internets, still a bit odd to me for some reason?)... anyhow! Here's a fun new post from Anna!
Jean did a round-up recently of bird feeders and I wanted to add some great bird houses to the mix. I love the Nidusa birdhouse by Art. Lebedev - the faceted shape is beautiful! If I had some outdoor space, I would definitely hang one of those up to attract some little birdie friends. A few more feeders are after the jump!
NOTCOT Note: Morning! Here's one more before i head back to the cabin ~
At the Hardcore Exhibition in the Meatpacking District during ICFF that showcased New Finnish Design, i discovered VEGE by Design Mikko Laakkonen for Selki-Asema. These are frying pans and blini pans specially for vegetarians! And not only are they a nice way to help show your veg friends that you keep things separate ~ they even leave nice leafy patterns into your pancakes, etc. Cute idea. It's cast iron and the frying pan has a birch handle. See more images of the full rack of the from the exhibition on the next page!
We came across this Bait Lamp designed by Henrik Pedersen for the Frandsen Projekt at ICFF, and i must admit, it didn't look like much to me, until i lost Dan, only to find him with the booth guy playing with this lamp... and then it suddenly became really sweet. It has a carbon fiber rod, and on it is a movable brushed steel weight, and using the weight as a counter balance you can slide it along the lamp to adjust the height of the lighting, and the carbon fiber rod will naturally adjust its curve!
Really, you need to see it in action to make sense of it... so luckily we made a quick video clip you can check out to illustrate how it works. Unfortunately there is minimal information on the the Frandsen Projekt site, but we did find it in the catalog/pdf. Watch our little video on the next page!
p.s. we're internally debating whether the lamp we saw is the same lamp in the press images, but the booth guy gave us the press kit saying it was in there, and this is the closest thing to it........ it is a bit weird that the press image has the shade hanging so much lower, perhaps that's adjustable?
Myto Cantilever Chair for Plank designed by Konstantin Grcic. There are some chairs that while look interesting in images, they just don't grab you until you sit in them. Clearly the folks at Plank knew this when they set up their ICFF booth, and it was fascinating to watch everyone from little kids to grannies jump up on the platform, and sit, lean, bounce on these colorful plastic stackables. After a bit of watching, i couldn't resist either, and they were REALLY quite nice to sit in! Not to mention light and easy to store and not too hard on the eyes! Check out more images of the chairs in all its colors as well as the ICFF booth on the next page!
In case you haven't noticed, i seem to be fascinated with edgy/twisted porcelain incarnations lately... Catching my eye - then sucking in all my attention - at ICFF was the Lladró booth - while i've long loved their work, their hiring of Jaime Hayon (i actually met him at the show! and he was incredibly nice... and i was a bit in awe and rather tongue tied) as creative director, and their Re-Cyclos Magical Forest Collection really had me paying special attention to them the last few years...
At their booth, the first thing to pull you in is the new fiberoptic/porcelain chandelier with leaves (much like the Niagara Chandelier with the fairies), and seeing how the fiberoptic strands were attached to the porcelain leaves was fascinating (as was the lighting itself). Next the Re-Cyclos tea set where the legs of a bowl were all porcelain horse heads, the napkin ring made of horse legs, the handles on the cups and mugs were horse legs as well! Really in description it sounds far more bizarre than the result, the juxtaposition was really quite beautiful (see the pics on the next page). Also fascinating were the porcelain boxes that have what look like barbie and ken faces pressed into them (complete with makeup for that dash of color), they actually turned the molds used to create the figured into the boxes themselves, in a stark matte porcelain and a gold interior. As you can see, its really not the usual collection of porcelain collectibles you'd expect, and really they seem like a fun match for some pieces over at the Designboom Mart, like the Blaue Blume Tea Set.
Lladró ~ for a company that i grew up knowing for beautiful traditional porcelain pieces, you fascinate me with every part of your evolution. I never expected a bizarre and edgy collection quite like this from the 50+ year old company, and love it! More pictures from the booth on the next page!
Hey kids ~ i have one foot out the door, but just got an im giving me an sneak preview to tip you off on StrangeCo/Friends With You's Wish Come True's (isn't that a mouthful) contest that is launching... a contest involving stickers in the various blind box toys that are launching... and there's a Secret Map! The map graphic was so awesome, i stopped, postponed lunch, and had to throw this quick post up to share it with you... isn't it sweet? Anyhow, read more about how it works at the secret link here. Ok, i'm out... back in a bit perhaps...
I know we all fell for Kaiju Studio's I/O Desk Organizer, and were heartbroken to find out that they were still hunting for a manufacturer... well we met up with our new friends, Cutter Hutton, Ayako Takase, and Chris Specce of Kaiju Studios, at ICFF, and were giddy to see the desk and cabinet that it was practically made for! (And these you CAN buy, thanks to Herman Miller.) I think we can all agree that Kaiju Studios will be worth following over the next few years...
So here is their latest project, Airia desk and media cabinet for Herman Miller. And its gorgeous down to the tiniest details... when you see this in person, be sure to check out the perfect wood pieces with rubber feet to keep your cables hidden and the cork lined trays that make organizing your drawers easier than ever. It really is nice to see a desk that goes out of its way to not only look good, but help make hiding the inevitable cable clutter during use.
See both press images and ICFF show floor shots on the next page ~ as well as a really nice little profile on the company.
In addition to my growing porcelain fascination this ICFF, i have also been noticing a lot of Foosball Tables going more high design. During the Conran Shop's Rojo opening (incredible! Definitely worth how wet i got in the rain to get there)... i came across the bright red metal RS Barcelona RS #2 foosball table designed by Rafael Rodriguez... and then saw the white one downstairs in the shop... the silver one at ICFF... and the coat rack versions in both the Conran Shop and ICFF. Really what stands out about this one is the bright metal frames and the arms and expressions on the player! Their faces scream "pass it to me! pass it to me!" with that excited/alert look... and their arms make them look like they are always on the go... which is admittedly, even funnier on a coat rack. There is also a hilarious stumpy super-buff silver and black set of players on another table i found at the Conran Shop that you've got to check out on the next page (and maybe one of you knows who made that one?)... see all the pics on the next page!
With a billion things/people/places to see, and a seemingly endless events to attend... its been super fun, in that crazed hectic way, and now i've taken the day to enjoy my bed - that is literally COVERED in press kits and a desktop filled with hundreds of photos... its a work day! To catch up on some posts... and today, we'll start with the incredible Artek installation in Gansevoort Square.
The simple Artek Stool 60 has been an omnipresent design icon... from schools, jails, kids rooms, restaurants, you'll see them everywhere... but no where is it as amazing as walking into Gansevoort Square and seeing what from afar appeared to be a coliseum of them.
As the press release says... "The innovative and strong L-leg construction is based on the technique of bending solid wood that was invented and refined by Alvar Aalto and Artek from the 1930s onwards. The famous Stool 60 designed in 1933 is the archetype of functional furniture. In Gansevoort Square, New York, Artek celebrates the anniversary of the stool 60 by building an installation of hundreds of stools. The round tower invites people to use all their senses to experience the installation. The stools made of untreated birch bring the scent of pure forest in the middle of New York and people are free to feel the natural, refined surface and structure of the stools." Check out my pics on the next page for the full experience!
Finally! At the Designboom Mart, i had the pleasure of meeting Reiko Kaneko of the Egg Soldiers i had posted back as .org #7028! Fun thing was to finally get to poke at these in person, and check out the playful packaging!
"Egg Soldier Eggcup - Battle on the breakfast table: It's early in the morning..... Having been for a dip, the EGG quietly prepares for another day. Suddenly, from the end of the table, an army of BREAD SOLDIERS starts to approach. The MODEL SOLDIERS, fearing for the safety of their EGG, close in. They work hard to protect the EGG but one after another, the BREAD SOLDIERS just keep coming...." Images from the designboom mart at icff on the next page!
Um. Ok, i honestly don't know where to start, i did sit in a diner and scribble out a "list of things i *need* to post about" and its getting a bit lengthy. Covered all of ICFF show floor yesterday, parties and openings friday/saturday night... and design week/end isn't even over yet... i have that nagging feeling that i'm getting quite behind!!! SO, where to start?
Well for designs/designers i finally met in person, i'm in love with the brooklyn based Design Glut's collection of pieces, so cheeky, and they feel/look awesome in person!!! If you were ever on the border about buying some, they have just made my list of perfectly gift worthy. I basically need the Crude Ring, the weight and feel of it was much nicer in person! And the Hookmaker tiles would be perfect to swap into bathrooms/kitchens... to have that kind of space to hang and store those little make up brushes, hair things, and other randomness would be so nice. Their new little Smoking Guns are too funny, i want to pick one up for all my smokers, although it might back fire, sticking the barrel of that gun into your mouth might start to look too cool and become a trend of its own. Anyhow, take a look at the pics from the show on the next page... i will have far more to come throughout the next week, looks like posting will be my new excuse to slow down from the running around!
It's about time! The Jawbone has finally been redesigned to be less of a monstrosity on your face. Ok, so maybe i'm being a little harsh here, but i did fall in love with the Jawbone at first online sighting... but then i finally tried it in a store and was appalled at how massive it was on me... maybe my face just isn't large enough? But now the new one is about half the size! And it no longer cancels noise... it now assassinates it, with its upgraded "noise assassination". Rumor has it that you are also not to call this the "Jawbone 2" (so, watch out blogs that already did so)... since they are killing off the old one, so its more of a replacement product than a new option (not that you'd want the bigger one anyhow... although that one has longer talk time, but little one has more standby time). Oh, and this one also comes with a leather covered ear loop, and i hear you can headbang with it without the earloop and it stays on pretty well? Basically, i've woken up to many a good rumor about this one, and am now tempted to go hunt one down and try it! More pics on the next page as usual...
Finally! The Vitamin I.V. Plant Pot ~ self watering via I.V. bag... is available for purchase! It sure seems to be larger than i initially imagined, and is priced at 160 pounds. It's available in classic white and limited edition black and included with the lightweight fiberglass plant pot is a height adjustable metal rod, a refillable I.V. bag and a flow regulator that allows you to set watering rates to suit your plant. See close ups on the next page...
I love Mixko, but any NOTCOT regular would already know that... and i've had a particular fascination for their rings (i indulged in their felt butterfly rings as well as the first porcelain skull ring last year at ICFF)...
This year Mixko has expanded their bone china ring line, and i'm excited to show you their full collection on the next page. I think the most eye catching are the updated Skull for 2008 (deeper eyes, larger forehead, bigger teeth...) as well as the Barbie inspired collection of Barby, Cindie, and Ken heads cast in bone china to be worn as a ring (can you imagine seeing all of them in a row on a fist?). They have also created a LOVE ring and Sovereign Ring, in addition to some 1D multifaceted diamond bone china rings! Check them all out on the next page! They are also incredibly affordable at a mere 20 pounds each (check them out in the store).
On more sneak previews of ICFF launches, how adorable is Hanno the Gorilla? "From the deepest jungles comes Hanno the Gorilla! Like Hanno the Navigator, the Greek voyager who discovered gorillas 2,500 years ago, your Hanno is brave, strong, and curious. Hanno's powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses. His elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him almost impervious to breakage. Hanno cannot fly and is vaguely afraid of heights. Hanno is made from sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood." He is the brainchild of David Weeks, and will be available from Areaware's new AREAWARE jr. (their new children's division) starting in Sept 08. Check out a close up of this guy on the next page!
Naef makes the most incredible wooden toys that transcend age... with vibrant colors and unlimited possibilities, they are good from childhood through adulthood - being both toys, desk sculptures, and perfect for coffee tables/waiting rooms! I've obsessed on them before, and Dan has even purchased a few... but i recently rediscovered the Rainbow, which was designed by Heiko Hillig.
Rainbow is not only a wooden stacking toy - that opens up the possibilities with its bright colors and playful curves... but add the mallet to it, and each piece becomes its own tuning fork! It has received numerous design awards including the Bundespreis for product design in 1998, Germany and the German Design Award Wooden Toys in 1997. And although its pricey at $175 - i can see this being a great gift for parents of new borns... or any designer regardless of age...
Yes, the near $9,000 Sears Craftsman tool set with 1470 pieces is in heavy circulation around the tech sites today (i first saw it over at Dvice) - but what truly amazed me is the catalog photography... someone clearly took a LOT of time perfectly laying out these thousands of tools... for not just the 1470 piece set, but also the 300, 198, 189, 204, 106, 130, and so forth piece sets... and they are awesome pictures! Check out a few more of my favorites on the next page...