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stand.jpgIt’s things like this that make me wish i had a puppy at times… And the name of this company is adorable WetNoz (wet-nose), just captures the essence of their fun filled products. I’m not sure how well this little pup booster and mat work, but i suppose it helps keep the mess easy to clean, and has a nice aesthetic, but just out of curiosity, aren’t the BIG pups the ones who need a higher dish? since the real puppies are closer to the ground?

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tooshyman2.jpgTooshyman! “the good mood guy”. I am positive you’re smiling. He’s hilarious. French creation…

You look at him, he smiles, You touch him, squeeze him, crush him in your hands, and he bounces back. He has a blankie/cape that is made from felt, in matching colors, black or white for the white Tooshyman. He comes with his blankie (and instruction booklet) in a tubular transparent drawstring bag that protects him from drafts and sunburn.

Designed by Aviva, a Philly born painter/photographer who fell in love with Paris, and lives in Toulouse. [great illustration after]

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Micro Maps

micromap-rw.jpgThis seems like an interesting solution to the larger not so purse/pocket sized maps when travelling. Found at Rocketworld this playing card sized deck, creates a whole new way of approaching, or pocketing information. While its an idea that seems to be going towards a Sidekick utilizing Google Maps, i suppose this is a handy backup for battery or signal death?

*notcot - 03.22.05 , 23:14 -

Plasticly Adorable

bunny-slug.jpgNot all things posted are new, but simply things i hadn’t had a chance to share with friends earlier. Take these bunnies and slugs… been around for a while, and this adorable french bunny radio just couldn’t be forgotten. Or the Candeloo slug capacitive charging nightlights (with bellybuttons! or mouths!). Perfect for kids and playful adults alike. Find them at Plastica.

*notcot - 03.21.05 , 16:48 -

Knirps: My X1

main.jpgREVIEW* Yes, this one’s personal, the storms that came literally ripped my previous umbrella apart, well that and possibly my super human strength as my friend claims. (it bent, completely, yes the staff/frame part) So the hunt was on.

KNIRPS: das original. The inventors of the folding umbrella. German quality at its finest now revamped with some nice design. (and thanks to mocoloco posting this a few months ago, it stuck in my head). The external case that is purse exterior friendly, and the sheer size, not to mention design quality makes it a must.

It took a bit of work to research all the options of how to get one of these (more on this after the jump). So go see European-umbrellas They are some of the nicest people, and by the time you take off VAT (tax of nearly 20%) and add some airmail shipping, your price is about the same as if you had flown out and purchased one there yourself. They also provide some great video footage of a German man teaching you how to care-for/use your umbrella.

LOTS of imagery to follow, from historical to the umbrella’s themselves. Definitely worth a look-see.

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Tray6 Rain Gear

tray62.jpgIt’s been raining again here. To the point where umbrella’s are becoming a neccessary accessory to people’s every day, and the attempt to find the best quality and least mundane (with a sense of class and edgy twist) is not a simple matter.

Tray6 claims to be “giving makeovers to objects who have lost their oomph”… and focusing on “breathing life into forgotten objects”. Yes, basically a design group who is making umbrella’s fashionable and outfit matching. The refreshing greens, pinks, blues, and browns available are a breath of fresh air in a dark greyish world of rain.

So here’s the one that matches notcot’s background. A few more colorful images post jump. Also, ‘luckymag’ at checkout will get you a nice 30% discount.

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*notcot - 03.15.05 , 14:32 -

“Adventure” Gear

parachute.jpg The materials of this bag have extreme adventures before even getting the chance to hold your goods. Made from 2004 Soyuz Space Parachutes, America’s Cup Sails, and even Mt. Everest Tents… the durability, design, and concept behind these bags is not only recyling the materials, but the adventure as well. Everquest Designs will even let you design your own…

We also make personalized bags with your own piece of adventure. We have made bags with pieces of banner from Rolling Stones concerts and laptop bags with a tarp from a car rally in Northern Africa!. We believe perception of a famous event is purely a matter of opinion. We like to think of famous events as a “significant slice of time actually lived by our customers”. The “beat up” tent from a memorable trekking expedition in Nepal or that piece of windbreaker that survived a 200 mile hike through the Appalachian Trail really do define what a relic is all about : A piece of YOUR famous adventures. We can turn them into full-featured City or Laptop bags.
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Chopstick Trainer

chopstick.jpg So you don’t know how to use chopsticks, and you want to, or you’re just hungry and need them to be able to grab food and get it to your mouth ASAP.

These were a hilarious or perhaps ingenious new take on easy chopsticks… that convert chopsticks (or sticks) by simply cutting holes in hardware store rubber tubing, and inserting the chopsticks.

Image after the jump of it in use.

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I always said “if i had a blog i would definitely post about suck.co.uk”… and well, now i have a blog. So here’s my post to them.

For someone who grew up stateside, i always wanted a big key that did something on my keychain, and this definitely fulfilled having utility as a bottle opener and making my keychain look cool.

I was shopping some funky little london boutique when i found the Slide Light, at the time i had actually thought “wow creative use of a basic hallogen lighting… by the interior designer”, only to later find it’s actually sold by the suck boys. Still love the simplicity and such a fun way to view slides and change your lighting regularly.

And i have a soft spot for sweet mirrors that transcend their basic usage and help frame the reflection into a real looking-glass into another world (alice in wonderland-esque)… so that gets thrown in for kicks as well.

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wearing.jpg Its a pin! Its a CD! You can pop off the front and literally stick it in your computer… and wear it around too… now why they called it a BLOGpin is beyond me, but it could definitely be a cool way to get your music out there at a concert, or pass out basically anything you want… cute. New gimmick of the old business card cd-rs.

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