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October 16, 2012

Jaime Hayon's Baccarat Zoo Bears

“Receptacle or Art Toy, every character exudes its optimistic narrative strength, full of magic and imagination.” Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon is on the fast track to completely winning over my heart. First there was his Green Chicken, with its childish, nonsensical spirit, and now, in collaboration with French glassworks legend, Baccarat, Hayon has created these spectacular crystal and porcelain vessels for a collection simply titled: Baccarat Zoo. Their tongue-in-cheek opulence is right on the money (a hefty wad of money).

I’ve got my heart set on the bears above: which is going to put Henri’s college fund back a few notches, but I’m sure he won’t mind as he wistfully stares at the cubs: perched faaaaar out of curious baby’s reach. If you’re more of a duck or monkey person then you’re in luck: the collection includes a few of those critters as well. Sorry. No giraffes.

Kawaii! » Yum Yum for a Rainy Day

October 4, 2012

The strange property that allows ketchup to change from a gel like thickness to a free flowing liquid and back again is called thixotropy.

Just taking a little coffee break here at the office to enjoy another animated short from London’s Yum Yum studio. Like all the other great stuff they do, the video is brimming with suspense and humor. If you fall in love with the characters (hard not to) don’t fret, you can pick up the soft vinyl toy versions of some of Yum Yum gang here.

Papercuts » To-Do’s Have Never Been So Fun!

July 26, 2012

Hi Mojimoji List-ItHi Mojimoji List-It

So you head out the door with the best of intentions: hard day’s work at the office, head to the gym, pick up a pint of milk on your way back home. But the following morning, when you reach for the 2% to complete your macchiato masterpiece – UGH – none to be found. Coffee FAIL. Similar scenarios: you’re out of diapers … dog food … beer … and you forgot to file a tax return. It doesn’t have to be this way! Thanks to the List-It by MOJIMOJI, you can keep your fridge stocked, your babies clean, your dogs fed and the IRS off your back. Just jot that pesky task down on a strip of List-It paper and wrap it around your wrist to gently (and fashionably) pester you for the day.

Kawaii! » Ka-Bam!

July 18, 2012

Ban.do Ostrich Pouf


Totally useless, totally huge, totally overpriced. I want it. A neon pink ostrich pouf? How did I live without this for so long?! I don’t think I’d be wearing this pinned to my chest like a bachelorette party boutonnière – actually, I’m not sure what on earth I would do with it… Maybe display it in a specimen jar labeled “fireworks”?

Kawaii! » Angry Birds are Back! And Cuddly! Piggies Too! Oink!

February 23, 2011

Angry Birds' Yellow BirdAngry Birds' Moustache Pig
Angry Birds' King PigAngry Birds' Blue Bird
top: Yellow Bird and Moustache Pig
bottom: King Pig and Blue Bird

So, we all know that one of the best (and cutest) games on mobile devices these days is Rovio’s Angry Birds. Not only is the game ever-expanding, they make kick-ass seasonal versions (did you SEE the valentine’s day edition? Cupid piggies!!). Well, for us devoted fans, there’s one more piece of the Angry Bird empire you can own: the characters… as plushes! Choose your side: Piggies or Birds, or just sit on the fence and collect them all. The plushes are available in three sizes: 5″, 8″, or 16″. Limited quantities available so fly on over before they’re all gone!


Kawaii! » Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man. Bake Me a (Cup)cake as Fast as You Can!

February 17, 2011

Ming Makes Cupcakes: Blueberry with Maple Brown Butter FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Sour Cream Fig with Cream Cheese FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Red Velvet with Buttercream
Ming Makes Cupcakes: Vanilla with Lemon Filling and Meringue FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Graham with Key Lime Cream Cheese FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling
Ming Makes Cupcakes: Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate GanacheMing Makes Cupcakes: Lemon with Jam FillingMing Makes Cupcakes: Apple with Caramel Frosting
Ming Makes Cupcakes: Vanilla with Strawberry Filling and Chocolate GlazeMing Makes Cupcakes: Carrot with Cream Cheese FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Flourless Beet Chocolate with Whipped Cream
first: Blueberry with Maple Brown Butter Frosting, Sour Cream Fig with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Red Velvet with Buttercream second: Vanilla with Lemon Filling and Meringue Frosting, Graham with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting, and Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling third: Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Ganache, Lemon with Jam Filling, and Apple with Caramel Frosting fourth: Vanilla with Strawberry Filling and Chocolate Glaze, Carrot with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Flourless Beet Chocolate with Whipped Cream

I hold a very dear place in my heart for cupcakes. My own bergamot lavender cupcakes were a hit in the East Village when my friend Jodi of Sympathy for the Kettle would serve them up with frothy matcha lattes and endless pots of Ti Kuan Yin. Lately, I’ve had the growing desire to get back into the kitchen and bake up a storm (motherly instincts?). On the to-bake list are my tried and true favorite sweet-tooth recipes: navettes, speculaas, and, of course, cupcakes of all kinds.

It was thus a sweet coincidence that, over the weekend, YZ found this bonanza of cupcake ides on a perfect little site modestly titled Ming Makes Cupcakes. Each straightforward recipe is accompanied by an oozing, dripping, frosted little cake – begging for a chance in my kitchen. The only problem is: where to start?! YZ’s pining for the graham/key lime number but I’m more of a carrot cake girl myself… Guess we’re stuck making 2 batches…

Kawaii! » Learn your Emoticons!

January 25, 2011

Gung's Kaoiro Japanese Emoticon Stamp
Gung's Kaoiro Japanese Emoticon StampGung's Kaoiro Japanese Emoticon Stamp

Totally useless? Perhaps. The envy of any desk trinket collection? For sure. These custom emoticon stamps from Tokyo-based company Gung are ready to crank out more than 2000 Japanese-esque smilie faces. The stationary showpiece, called Kaoiro (which means “facial expression” in Japanese) is available in three finishes (natural wood, white, or black) for the {ahem} modest price of 2,700¥ – about 33 dollars. No one said frivolity was cheap.

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Big Screen » Big Crush on Marcel

November 22, 2010


“One time I looked at a diamond and it gave me a sunburn.” — Marcel

Eeek! Big fat thanks to Nami for putting a little shell named Marcel on the Lo’s List’s radar! This stop-motion animation (by Dean Fleischer-Camp and SNLer Jenny Slate) is a cornucopia of quotidian wisdoms and life questions. He’s not just a funny little Gastropod, though. Marcel has a flair for fashion: donning neon pink sneaks and, at times, a lentil hat. He also loves long walks through the apartment with his lint-dog Alan and hang-gliding. Just don’t call him Marshell. He really hates that.

Geekology » Deego’s Got Your Back(up).

November 8, 2010

top: Deego Toys Romaniac and Cálico Electrónico USB Drives
bottom: Deego Toys Chicken and Hiyori USB Drives

In the wake of yesterday’s Lo’s List computer crash of 2010, it seems appropriate to write a quick entry about Deego Toys’ adorable tools for backing up your data. Any computer user’s relationship with their hard drives is that of love and hate: yet another thing to sort, organize, care for and, equally, another thing that saves your tail (and files) time and again when faced with an iMac meltdown.

Fortunately, the old ball-and-chain YZ is a computer uber-geek and set out to perform open heart surgery on my comp, replacing the confuzzled hard drive with a brand spanking new 1TB version that has been zipping away happily for the past hour or so. Perhaps it’s easier to avoid the heartache of loosing important files when you have an adorable little piggie storing your precious data. Choose from 2 or 4 GB versions for all 2.0 USB drives with a smaller selection of designs available in 160, 250, 320, or 500 GB external hard drive versions Deego also provides customized drives for business promotions — what a killer freebie!! Both collectible vinyl and useful office gadget, this is a Kawaii meets Geekology twofer.


Kawaii! » Move Over Piggie. There’s a New Bank in Town.

October 29, 2010

Georg Jensen Moneyphant by Jørgen Møller

“Silver is the best material we have. And silver has this wonderful shine like moonlight…a light taken straight from a Danish summer’s night. When covered by dew, silver can look like magical mist.” — Georg Jensen

When it comes to the art of silversmithing, Copenhagen’s Georg Jensen is at the top of any credible it-list. His story is more than a typical rags to riches triumph, however. The son of a knife grinder, Georg studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts after an apprenticeship in goldsmithery that began when he was just 14. The designer always held the arts close to his heart and pursued craftsman positions as a financial means to an end. But, when his silversmithy shop on Bredgade Street began picking up steam, Jensen saw his newfound success and developing career as an opportunity to bring back the profession of artist craftsman. He spent the next two and a half decades drilling that work standard into his team of designers so firmly that, over a century later, the label holds true to the founder’s art-meets-craft credo.

Jørgen Møller, the designer of the uber-kawaii Moneyphant above, was a wee 5 years old when Jensen passed away in 1935. However fifty years later (with the help of Møller’s grandson) Jørgen designed an elephant bottle opener for the Danish label. The simple elephantine shape was so well received that a slew of elephant silverwares followed including this adorable bank. Considering that elephants are revered for their wisdom, it seems an appropriate symbol to attach to your child’s first attempts at saving their “hard-earned” cash…


Kawaii! » Sit! Stay! Shine!

October 14, 2010


Oooh, this lamp is too cute for words: perfect for a child’s room or just a corner of the house that needs a dab of personality. Meet Milk, a Daschund-shaped lamp by Wants and Needs that is sure to light up more than just a reading corner. Its head and tale is made of glossy ceramic while the belly, which houses the 3-chip LED bar, is constructed of sturdy acrylic. Give the pup a little scratch under the chin and viola – let there be light! Contact the designers here to get more info on purchasing.

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Kawaii! » What’s All the Stereohype About?

September 10, 2010

top row: Pie Chart by Lisa Olausson @ Medium, Skull by Rinzen, and Gems by Deanne Cheuk
middle row: Sweets, Simon & Friends by Studio Gpop, and Fine & Dandy by Anna Jones @ Goldlion
bottom row: Rats by Ildikó Hajdú, I Want a Cracker by Geneviève Gauckler, and Hills by Anthony Burrill

We’re buzzin’ over these badges from Stereohype, and not just because we’re pin push-overs (although there is a Badge-a-Minit in the office that we whip out for special occasions). Stereohype is selling some great merch, including books like the super-cool Pyramyd Editions Design&Designer series, tees, and one-of-a-kind artwork. In addition to all that, they’ve been challenging designers both established and unknown for eight By Invitation Only (B.I.O.) series to conquer the bitty badge format. Feeling left out? Well you can don the digital halls of Stereohype’s shop too! With their “Annual Stereohype 1.25” Button Badge Competition” (now in its 6th year) your little pin could sit alongside Lo’s List favorites Geneviève Gauckler and Tom Gauld! Oh, the street cred! Quick – deadline is this Tuesday!


top row: Heart by Hervé Bienaimé @ Les 84, I Hate Dolphins by Jody Barton, and Owl by Holly Wales @ eat japanese food
middle row: Let’s Get Physical by David Foldvari, Gems by Deanne Cheuk, and Pink by Hellohikimori
bottom row: Rubberband Ball by FL@33, Water by José Carlos Cunha, and Fat Boy by Andy Smith

Duck Duck Goose » Heeeere Little Jellycat…

August 23, 2010

top row: Junglie Blue Elephant, Truffle Wooly Mammoth, and Bunglie Red Horse
middle row: Chimboo Lamb, Muffin Pup, and Pitter Patter Bunny
bottom row: Cordy Roy Gator, Purple Horse, and Aardvark

When it comes to plushes, we take our cues from little baby Lir and ever since she was born a short 10 months ago our niece has been inseparable from her Jellycat Bunglie Pig. They’ve shared long, one-sided conversations of monosyllabic utterances, afternoon snoozefests and, well, just everything. Through thick and thin, Bunglie Pig has been the soft and silent companion of our pink-cheeked Lirskie.

What we find so lovely about this London-based company is their huge selection of critters to choose from. There are orange aardvarks, purple horses, elephants, lions, zebras, monkeys, puppies, cats, fluffy lambs, and bunnies of all hues and sizes. The catalog is a veritable zoo of the snuggliest toys you can find. I picked up the super classy Shushky Bunny the other day while trying to find a suction cup bowl for Lir (more on that coming up…). The bunny has been tucked away in a box of stuff for our own upcoming little one.

Geekology » Angry Birds! Piggies! Parabolaaaas!

June 19, 2010

Angry Birds by Rovio is available for your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Verizon Droid, Blackberry & more!

Although I try to delegate most of my iPadding to productive tinkering like to-do lists (Taksa), concept sketches (Adobe Ideas), blogging (WordPress), proposals (Pages), and keeping up with the times (NPR, BBC News, TIME Magazine, Paris Match…), it’s hard to resist the smattering of impeccably designed gaming apps available on my new favorite gadget. One evening, after a long day of PHP code, I found a surprise that YZ had left in my section of our iPad library: Angry Birds. A couple weeks and a big fat 105 levels later the game was conquered and had earned a quick-access spot on my iPad dock.

Collaboratively built by the Helsinki-based viral development and marketing company Rovio (of which Angry Birds is just one of dozens of games the firm has built for bigwigs like Nokia, Vivendi, Namco Bandai, and Apple) and gaming publisher Chillingo (of Minigore, Sneezies, Knights Onrush, and Zombie Wonderland greatness), this endlessly ROTFL game is a must-get — and modestly priced at just $5 from the app store. Be sure to delve into the game with your device’s sound nice and loud, as the snorting piggies and cackling birds are just the tip of this iceberg. Weave through 105 levels of porky destruction and build up an arsenal of 5 species of Angry Birds, each with their own destructive specialty! And if you’re a physics geek, there’s even more to love as this game is all about mastering the parabola!

Some favorite levels!

Duck Duck Goose » Otete & Anyo

June 2, 2010

Otete & Anyo Baby Stamps

Oh Japan, you’ve done it again: perfect concept, perfect design – even the packaging is drool-worthy! Following the age-old tradition of Japanese hanko (判子) stamps (the first of these dates back to 57 AD!!!), Tokyo-based design firm Kawamura Hideo Activity / Rezon has created Otete & Anyo: a service for making custom hanko stamps of your baby’s hand- and footprints! Just send in an inked sample and they’ll send back a permanent reminder of those fleeting baby moments! Each custom stamp is packaged in a minimalist wooden box with a sample print and certificate. You can also request to have your baby’s name and birthday engraved on the stamp base. For more images of traditional hanko, check out this Flickr set dedicated to the timeless object…

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