Design archive for 2012-03-16

NotVentures Roundup

(7 years ago)
Plan your next getaway with NotVentures. This week’s roundup includes Irish castles, tropical overwater bungalows, Ecuadorian birdwatching and more. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

NotVentures Roundup

(7 years ago)
A carousel bar in New Orleans, stops for your Italian foodie tour and a weekend in Vietnam are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. Find out more about each destination by clicking on its individual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Muji's Product fitness 80 at the Design Museum

(7 years ago)
The latest from our resident zoologist and London-based editor, Justine, who super awesomely went to check out this Muji event on her birthday! (Happy Birthday, Justine!)Product Fitness 80 asks the questions “What would happen if we used 20% less materials and energy to make products?”. The clever exhibition pushes Muji craftsmen to develop products that use fewer materials and processing. You can catch the exhibition at London’s Design Museum from tomorrow, the 9th of March until next Sunday, March 18th. In the meantime, see more more photos on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Muji’s Product fitness 80 at the Design Museum"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Lamborghini Aventador J

(7 years ago)
I was lusting after the Lamborghini Aventador J one of a kind that just launched in Geneva… which naturally lead me to the Lamborghini site… where i encountered the image above. And i literally LOLed. So awesome. That gate. Wow. And apparently Lamborghini is really in to twitter and hashtags? Anyhow, back to the other topic at hand… the new Lamborghini Aventador J concept is gorgeous! Often the Lamborghini designs are so faceted and aggressively angular, i love the way this model gets a bit softer and sleeker with its curves mixed in… also the wheels are gorgeous (“The wheels, of course, were also developed specifically for this car, with 20-inch rims at the front and 21-inch at the rear. The five-spoke aluminum wheels have a central lock system and an additional carbon fiber insert that functions like a small fan for optimum brake ventilation.”)… and it is the first automotive use of “Carbonskin” (which “is made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a very special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft.”)… oh, and the exhaust… and the periscopic rearview mirror that floats in the center! And as for what’s inside this stunning design, the basis is the Aventador LP 700-4 new twelve-cylinder model. Lots of pics on the next page of course!p.s.You can buy this. It’s a one of a kind… see how they end the press release: “A unique work of art[..]

Chambre De Sucre

(7 years ago)
Sugar! Sugar! SUGAR! I’ve been on a bit of a sugar high since this mysterious packet of mini packets of sugar samples arrived from Chambre De Sucre and i tore them all open to shoot/taste it for this post. SO much sugar. And it’s all so delicately pretty. Oh, and we also brewed quite a few cups of espresso to try them with. We’ve been buzzing over here.These sugars from Chambre De Sucre are not just gourmet sugars… “The sugars are handcrafted by one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Japan with the highest quality sugar possible. They are over 270 years old and have provided the Royal Family in Japan with their sugar since the time of the Shogun. Japanese artisans still use traditional methods to create this luxurious sugar for your cup of tea and coffee.” Their about page tells you a heart-warming story of Lisa’s past and what these sugars mean to her through her childhood experiences in Japan. They are the first to import these sugars to the US! The assortment of sugar options are mind blowing as you browse their site, and the packaging looks beautiful for gifting as well… on the next page you can see close ups of the many little samples sent over as we tried our way through them!TO PAGE 2 of "Chambre De Sucre"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Toy Boarders

(7 years ago)
On 5$ impulse buys… i couldn’t resist. Toy Boarders!!! You get 24 little skateboarders! (No girls though, perhaps in their future packs… or snow or surf packs to come?) A fun twist on classic toy soldiers these little plastic guys are made in china but come from super local San Clemente, CA! Adorable… they are skating around our whole office and house now… take a peek at the silliness in a bag on the next page! (The video is pretty fun too!)TO PAGE 2 of "Toy Boarders"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Lustworthy Bath Tubs and Hot Tubs

(7 years ago)
This post is brought to you by Mercedes-Benz. Every day, we strive to fulfill one simple promise: the best or nothing. Visit MBUSA to learn more. Little feels as good as a good hot, bubbly soak in a gorgeous tub with a magnificent view. The relaxing feeling as stress simply floats away… makes these basins heavenly… whether in porcelain or steel… indoors or out… woody or marble… freestanding or built in… hard to believe over the last 7 years of NOTCOT, hunting for dream tubs has been surprisingly difficult! We’ve rounded up 10 favorites… and a bonus IGLOO snowy hot tub set up i’m currently dreaming about… see it all on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Lustworthy Bath Tubs and Hot Tubs"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

(7 years ago)
This week’s droolworthy roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious includes Boxberry cocktails, sea scallops in black tie and Cacao Bliss. To find out more about each delectable post, click on its indviidual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Peanut Butter & Jelly... Haven Gastropub

(7 years ago)
This post is coming to you from MiO. Change your water. Change your day. What do you want to change? Our Tasteologie editor, Jackson, found a Peanut Butter & Jelly that is unlike any other… and most definitely not what you’d picture at first… here’s what he discovered!We have seen countless variations on peanut butter and jelly, but it has never looked like this. This playful and sophisticated turn on an old favorite was concocted by pastry Chef Santanna Salas in the new Pasadena location of Haven Gastropub. Originally knowing only that she wanted to do something with peanuts, she transformed the childhood standard into a modern dessert. Its flavors are instantly recognizable but the textures and plating are all cleverly interpreted. I got to chat a bit with the chef and go back into the kitchen to see how they make peanut butter and jelly Haven style.TO PAGE 2 of "Peanut Butter & Jelly… Haven Gastropub"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

NOTCOT.org Roundup

(7 years ago)
Running elephant shrews, the “James Bond Theme” played by quadrotors, and the modern story of the three little pigs are all a part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual post.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Farmshop Artisan Market in Brentwood

(7 years ago)
What is it about artisan goods being beautifully packaged and displayed? On a quick run over to brentwood country mart to get green juice and amazing tacos… got drawn in by the adorable glow of awesomely labeled goodies at the Farmshop’s Artisan Market, and then went iPhone crazy (being camera-less at the time) while shopping through it for grilling meat, wine, TENNESSEE WHISKEY ICE CREAM, and fresh peanut butter cookie dough… it was all so pretty and filled with inspiring packaging/label design i had to share… shop with us on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Farmshop Artisan Market in Brentwood"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

American Airlines Eames Amenity Case

(7 years ago)
On unexpected Eames ~ when hopping the flight back from Rio to New York, i was pleasantly surprised to discover American Airlines had an Eames Office Exclusive for American Airlines amenity pouch using their Eames Dot Patter! So cute, and a fun splash of design. According to the press release, these started in September of 2011 ~ “Beginning Sept. 1, customers traveling onboard American’s flights between the U.S. and London Heathrow (LHR) will be among the first to enjoy the new offerings. […] and an amenity kit featuring a bag with an authentic Eames Office® design pattern and containing Dermalogica® skincare products and other travel necessities complete the new suite of amenities.” Take a peek at the details on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "American Airlines Eames Amenity Case"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

NotVentures Roundup

(7 years ago)
This week’s roundup from NotVentures includes a Balinese sea temple, foodie secrets in Venice and 48 hours in Stuttgart. To find out more about each escape, click on its individual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

WIN IT: K.Olin tribu Kozik Potamus

(7 years ago)
Happy March! We’re kicking off this month with an awesome giveaway and unboxing of the gorgeous porcelain limited edition Potamus Red Anarchy by Frank Kozik & K.Olin Tribu. We first wrote about these beautiful pieces back in 2010… and having one in person in front of me, it’s even more beautiful than i imagined. The packaging is stunning as well… and the detail of a porcelain disk and ribbon sealing the box as well as a porcelain CARD with a special web password as the certificate of authenticity. The details are incredible… both the figurine and the presentation box are made in Limoges, France.… and the folks at k.olin tribu are generously giving away one Potamus Red Anarchy by Frank Kozik & K.Olin Tribu to a lucky reader who leaves a message on their Facebook wall sharing where you would put this awesome Potamus if you win! He will pick the winner on March 5th! You must be a fan of K.Olin tribu page to be eligible. And as for now ~ take a peek at the unboxing and details on the next page! p.s. free shipping with code NOTCOT on the K.Olin Tribu website during the contest!TO PAGE 2 of "WIN IT: K.Olin tribu Kozik Potamus"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

(7 years ago)
Perfect momos, Meyer lemon margaritas, and luscious, honey-sweetened blood orange curd are all part of this week’s roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each delicious post, click on its individual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Inside Barnacle Bros.

(7 years ago)
The latest from our NOTlabs head maker/fabricator/hacker, Shawn Sims, as he adventures through LA visiting some amazing fabrication shops/people!Barnacle Bros. is an East LA sculpture and custom fabrication shop that has been serving the arts and entertainment industries since 1997. “Barnacle Bros is an artist studio founded in 1997 by a friendly group of artists, craftspeople, performers, and local personalities. The folks at Barnacle Bros. are well versed in all media and processes. We specialize in wood, metal, fiberglass, composites, foam, resin, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, stone, sculpting, casting, mold-making, models, miniatures, furniture, architectural elements, prototypes, and, of course, puppets.” Smilee and Karl specialize in the crazy, weird, and hard to build, and gave me a wondrous tour through their shop. Stepping into their space you will find yourself surrounded by remnants of Hollywood sets, clowns, knives in rocks, and 20 foot tall faces. It’s nothing short of awesome to wander through this workshop and get to see how it’s all made. The company gets its name from one of it’s first jobs where they molded and casted bronze barnacles form a pier on Venice Beach, and has since pulled off many more crazy projects for artists and festivals all over the world. Take a peek at more pics on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Inside Barnacle Bros."! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

NOTCOT.org Roundup

(7 years ago)
Unexpected Google Streetview sights, an Olympic soundtrack and a Projector camera toolkit are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

60 Years of the Mercedes-Benz SL in Movies

(7 years ago)
Oscars are this weekend, and to celebrate, Mercedes-Benz have us playing in Hollywood to celebrate the 60 years of the SL... which has been featured in more movies and tv shows over the years than i could imagine! (Don't worry, there's a massive "selection" listed on the next page!) To catch us up on the history in person, we headed to Warner Brothers' studio to see the SL@Hollywood exhibition taking us through the decades, which was popped up in one of their warehouses... complete with hollywood stars on the ground highlighting films the SL has been featured in. Take a peek at the fun exhibition and stunning cars on the next page... TO PAGE 2 of "60 Years of the Mercedes-Benz SL in Movies"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Unboxing the Pentax/Marc Newson K-01

(7 years ago)
Thank you, Pentax for sponsoring us to play with your awesome new Marc Newson designed K-01! This is the first in a few posts of our experiments with it ~ first up the UNBOXING of course!Ok, so i’m sure you’ve seen this camera floating around all the design/tech sites. The new Pentax K-01 been hard to avoid… after all, it’s a new hybrid of dslr-like cameras ~ mirrorless, yet uses most of the Pentax lens line up ~ it has a 100-25600 ISO range, shooting amazingly in the dark ~ it even does HDR IN CAMERA ~ shoots 1080p video ~ oh, and it’s designed by Marc Newson. He even designed the super crazy thin pancake 40mm lens that goes with it! Ready to take a peek at our first look? To the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Unboxing the Pentax/Marc Newson K-01"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Hendrick's Leap Day Surprise

(7 years ago)
It’s not everyday that you wake up to a doorstep with a basket of cucumbers, roses, and gin. Hendrick’s Gin of course… they are calling it “a most unusual bouquet for a most unusual occasion” as “The World’s Most Peculiar Gin Makes Fitting Arrangements to Celebrate Leap Day”… to celebrate the rare 29th of February, they’ve sent a fun arrangement of roses and cucumbers and the recipe for a Scarlet Petticoat! Take a peek at it all on the next page…TO PAGE 2 of "Hendrick’s Leap Day Surprise"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

East Camp Home Pillows

(7 years ago)
I love art as objects… there’s something fun about paintings and photographs as transformed into large pillows you can hug and squeeze… the change in texture changes the way you relate to the pieces (like these i’ve long loved from click for art)… the latest find are these beautiful pillows from East Camp Home Pillows featuring the creature photography of

I Want to Ride My Bicycle: 12 Awesome Bikes We Like

(7 years ago)
I want to ride my bike, I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like. [Lyrics from "Bicycle Race" by Queen] We’ve written about a lot of cool bikes here on Design Milk and it got us thinking that we should roundup some of those favorites along with a few [...]

Friday Food For Thought: Complexity of Facts & Figures, visualised

(7 years ago)
Detailed statistics, rankings, facts and figures can all prove difficult to decipher when presented in a format of good old spreadsheet, not to mention the uninspiring appearance of an endless tabulation bursting with untold letters and digits. And while they might be crucial when it comes to totalling up a budget or expenses, it is not much [...]

Bo.lan, Bangkok

(7 years ago)
Our second day in Bangkok was fascinating and exhausting. Clocking mega-mileage at the humongous Chatuchak market and spending Baht in the thousands, we were literally spent (ahem). With dinner reservations at the renowned Bo.lan that… Continue Reading »

Beerd, Bristol

(7 years ago)
Craft beer, and pizza? It’s a winning combination that needs little else to achieve the We Heart seal of approval. But then they say those pizzas are made from “lovingly sourced” ingredients – that include… Continue Reading »

Viefe Core Collection Acrylic Handles

(7 years ago)
I love these handles from Viefe. Made from acrylic, the rectangular pulls are designed using a colorful rounded rectangle framed by a band of the same color. Between the colors, the acrylic is left transparent making the handles feel more lightweight and modern. They’re available in a variety of colors. Share This: Twitter | Facebook [...]

Luz Nas Vielas, São Paulo

(7 years ago)
We’ve featured shanty-towns turned multicoloured visual banquets before – here and here – and you’ll no doubt be familiar with German designer Axel Peemoeller’s Felice Varini-inspired anamorphic wayfinding system for Eureka Car Park in Melbourne.… Continue Reading »

Modern Art by Jackie Tileston

(7 years ago)
The modern artist Jackie Tileston was born on 1960 in Manila, Philippines. She studied in Academie Charpentiere in Paris, France in 1979 and continued her studies at Skidmore, Summer Six at Saratoga Springs, New York in 1981. She completed B.A. Fine Arts as a Summa Cum Laude in Yale University at New Haven, CT in [...]

GYOGAM & ZIGZAG by Jiwoong Jung

(7 years ago)
From South Korean designer Jiwoong Jung comes two lighting fixtures, GYOGAM and ZIGZAG. Taking inspiration from power line towers and speakers, the GYOGAM floor lamp resembles the tower structures you see everywhere. The lamp is lit on both sides through the two dome-like fixtures. I definitely get the speaker vibe from it and almost expect [...]

Design Geekery; Tom Raffield

(7 years ago)
There is very little that is genuinely new these days. Mostly, creativity is about new combinations of existing things; and that’s fine – there are some very interesting combinations to be found. But it is… Continue Reading »

‘Reclining chair’ by Robin Day reissued by twentytwentyone (UK)

(7 years ago)
Designed year after the breakthrough, 1951 Armchair for the Royal Festival Hall commissioned on the occasion of the Festival of Britain, this modernist ‘Reclining chair’ by the acclaimed, late British designer Robin Day has been reissued by a London-based brand specialising in 20th century furniture, twentytwentyone. With its effortless, pared-down appearance and distinct, steel-rod legs, ‘Reclining chair’ is, along with the now-ubiquitous 1963 stacking ’Polypropylene chair‘, one of Day’s most [...]

The Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture

(7 years ago)
Véritable petit coin de paradis construit en pleine nature sur un flanc de colline de Mill Valley en Californie, un très gros coup de coeur pour la charmante « Mill Valley Cabins », une agréable petite villa en bois imaginée et conçue
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