This week’s NOTCOT.org  roundup gives a real sense of adventure, capturing inspiration from a range of media, from architecture to illustration.

FEATUREDThis week’s NOTCOT.org roundup gives a real sense of adventure, capturing inspiration from a range of media, from architecture to illustration.

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A is for Aardvark and an Animal Alphabet inspired by illuminated manuscripts and pattern filled quilts.

A is for Aardvark and an Animal Alphabet inspired by illuminated manuscripts and pattern filled quilts.

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The  motion activated LED 'Ping Pong' bats by Troika are one of  5 sets of table tennis art /game designs inspired by Ron Arad's classics and his fascination for the game.

FEATUREDThe motion activated LED 'Ping Pong' bats by Troika are one of 5 sets of table tennis art /game designs inspired by Ron Arad's classics and his fascination for the game.

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Design houses that use solar cell technology applications designed to prevent global warming.

Design houses that use solar cell technology applications designed to prevent global warming.

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Jason de Caires Taylorcreated the first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies. He created an artificial reef for marine life to populate,  including planktons and corals.

Jason de Caires Taylorcreated the first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies. He created an artificial reef for marine life to populate, including planktons and corals.

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 Bloody silver jewelry, design by Mexican designer Carmen Zambrano for LUSASUL brand.

Bloody silver jewelry, design by Mexican designer Carmen Zambrano for LUSASUL brand.

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London artist Akane Takayama has turned school children into installation artists through her DOG Sculpture project.   Over 700 dogs gather at parks throughout the city this summer.

London artist Akane Takayama has turned school children into installation artists through her DOG Sculpture project. Over 700 dogs gather at parks throughout the city this summer.

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'Dryerhair' by Industrial Facility is not your typical ugly and bulky hairdryer.

'Dryerhair' by Industrial Facility is not your typical ugly and bulky hairdryer.

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California Coast t-shirt by Orange Cake Tees

California Coast t-shirt by Orange Cake Tees

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'Pile on game' by Umbra's U+ is a hand-made set of wood cut-offs. Create your own challenge by stacking the blocks in any arrangement.

'Pile on game' by Umbra's U+ is a hand-made set of wood cut-offs. Create your own challenge by stacking the blocks in any arrangement.

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Teeny tiny cameras ~ that come in metal film cases ~ with graphics of rockets and cowboys, what's not to love? Lomography 20% cameras!

FEATUREDTeeny tiny cameras ~ that come in metal film cases ~ with graphics of rockets and cowboys, what's not to love? Lomography 20% cameras!

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 In celebration of Discovery Channel's SHARK WEEK, "Chompie" is on the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.  The giant inflatable shark is 446 feet long from his nose to his tail, and took 6.65 miles of fabric to make.

In celebration of Discovery Channel's SHARK WEEK, "Chompie" is on the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. The giant inflatable shark is 446 feet long from his nose to his tail, and took 6.65 miles of fabric to make.

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Created out of construction site waste, PLANCH by Austin + Mergold is a planter and a bench in one.

Created out of construction site waste, PLANCH by Austin + Mergold is a planter and a bench in one.

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London's super-cool luxury/budget Hoxton Hotel has recently tasked 3 designers – namely Project Orange, Suzy Hoodless and Adrian Kilby – to work their magic on 3 new rooms, all with ‘East London’ as a theme.

London's super-cool luxury/budget Hoxton Hotel has recently tasked 3 designers – namely Project Orange, Suzy Hoodless and Adrian Kilby – to work their magic on 3 new rooms, all with ‘East London’ as a theme.

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The marble screen by Rirkrit Tiravanija among scultupres at Carrara Biennale. The monolith moves according to people's will.
Carrara, Piazza Alberica

The marble screen by Rirkrit Tiravanija among scultupres at Carrara Biennale. The monolith moves according to people's will.
Carrara, Piazza Alberica

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"Blocs Notes" is an sketch book for kids by french designer Joachim Jirou-Najou.

"Blocs Notes" is an sketch book for kids by french designer Joachim Jirou-Najou.

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Coarse presents their latest set of toys - the False Friends in Pain edition. Beautiful execution and once again I am more than impressed with the photography of the toys.

Coarse presents their latest set of toys - the False Friends in Pain edition. Beautiful execution and once again I am more than impressed with the photography of the toys.

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Studio27 Architecture have completed the Rincon Bates House in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Studio27 Architecture have completed the Rincon Bates House in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

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Bacon Marmalade from Ross Hutchison. A delicious new Bacon distribution system.  A total mind blowing experience of spreadable sweet bacon goodness.

Bacon Marmalade from Ross Hutchison. A delicious new Bacon distribution system. A total mind blowing experience of spreadable sweet bacon goodness.

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SeaKettle: A reliable shelter that saves sea-adventurers from dehydration too, thanks to a desalination process.

SeaKettle: A reliable shelter that saves sea-adventurers from dehydration too, thanks to a desalination process.

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A Vinothek is a store for selling and tasting wine. The 900 years old Vinothek in Wuerzburg was renovated by Breunig architects. Their concept focuses on all elements which are necessary for good wine: water, soil, sun, plants and man.

A Vinothek is a store for selling and tasting wine. The 900 years old Vinothek in Wuerzburg was renovated by Breunig architects. Their concept focuses on all elements which are necessary for good wine: water, soil, sun, plants and man.

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This anglerfish is among the many bizarre, ancient species discovered and rediscovered by Australian scientists while scouring the depths of the Great Barrier Reef.

This anglerfish is among the many bizarre, ancient species discovered and rediscovered by Australian scientists while scouring the depths of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Introducing the Witches' Whisker Lichen, one of 10 endangered species that Natural England have endowed with common names.

Introducing the Witches' Whisker Lichen, one of 10 endangered species that Natural England have endowed with common names.

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DJ Cheeba performs an exclusive live mix using Beck’s Vier beer taps to trigger audio samples and lighting effects across a grid of 600 LED-lit Beck’s bottles.

DJ Cheeba performs an exclusive live mix using Beck’s Vier beer taps to trigger audio samples and lighting effects across a grid of 600 LED-lit Beck’s bottles.

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Arctic Candy makes suger free hard candy with classic Norwegian flavors (cloudberries, lingonberries, blueberries and crowberries). Beautiful packing by Oslo based Neue.

Arctic Candy makes suger free hard candy with classic Norwegian flavors (cloudberries, lingonberries, blueberries and crowberries). Beautiful packing by Oslo based Neue.

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The Nixon Highball is a modern take on the classic pocketwatch. The watches are matched with leather inlays and come with stainless steel chains. Available in black, all black and black with antique gold.

The Nixon Highball is a modern take on the classic pocketwatch. The watches are matched with leather inlays and come with stainless steel chains. Available in black, all black and black with antique gold.

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Danish firm Kilo Design makes Swirl headphones,with a spiral in the cord, that goes behind your ear, perhaps helping prevent the seemingly inevitable shock and pain of getting a headphone cable caught.

Danish firm Kilo Design makes Swirl headphones,with a spiral in the cord, that goes behind your ear, perhaps helping prevent the seemingly inevitable shock and pain of getting a headphone cable caught.

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Griffins' Loop iPad stand is also a docking station, allowing your iPad to charge while in use.

Griffins' Loop iPad stand is also a docking station, allowing your iPad to charge while in use.

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I love SabotagePKG's packaging for the Nokia N97 Mini Gold Edition!

I love SabotagePKG's packaging for the Nokia N97 Mini Gold Edition!

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The fight against bare bulbs rages on with Droog's new Hang on Easy design by Ransmeier & Floyd.

The fight against bare bulbs rages on with Droog's new Hang on Easy design by Ransmeier & Floyd.

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American designer Harry Allen has created the Pipeline seating for Dune.

American designer Harry Allen has created the Pipeline seating for Dune.

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An exclusive illustration of Sarasvati by Yfana Khadija Amelz for S.C.A.N.D.A.L.

An exclusive illustration of Sarasvati by Yfana Khadija Amelz for S.C.A.N.D.A.L.

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Submit2gravity offer artists a unique opportunity of exhibiting in the vaults under Victorian railway arches in November. The gallery space is tucked away behind a small black door in London Bridge.

Submit2gravity offer artists a unique opportunity of exhibiting in the vaults under Victorian railway arches in November. The gallery space is tucked away behind a small black door in London Bridge.

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Antenna-aid, a simple solution for the iPhone 4 antenna problem.

Antenna-aid, a simple solution for the iPhone 4 antenna problem.

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Why don't you send your message with foldable LED Lantern? Lantern Letter Set include a trasitional Japanese lantern, chochin.

Why don't you send your message with foldable LED Lantern? Lantern Letter Set include a trasitional Japanese lantern, chochin.

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“Back in the good old days”, earthenware sculpture by Fabien Clerc.

“Back in the good old days”, earthenware sculpture by Fabien Clerc.

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Designed by Andres Remy Architects,  Casa Devoto in Argentina is a modern, luxurious home with what has to be one of the coolest above ground pools ever built.

Designed by Andres Remy Architects, Casa Devoto in Argentina is a modern, luxurious home with what has to be one of the coolest above ground pools ever built.

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Villa Mecklin is the perfect weekend retreat in the Finnish archipelago. With a stylish, wood clad, minimalist interior and sunken fire pit - this is Modern Residential Design that blends and ages into its surroundings.

Villa Mecklin is the perfect weekend retreat in the Finnish archipelago. With a stylish, wood clad, minimalist interior and sunken fire pit - this is Modern Residential Design that blends and ages into its surroundings.

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Small letterpress run {100} of a charming children's story, Under Cover by Jacque Lynn. A tiny boy lives inside the book and is constantly trying to escape the page boundaries.

Small letterpress run {100} of a charming children's story, Under Cover by Jacque Lynn. A tiny boy lives inside the book and is constantly trying to escape the page boundaries.

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Inga Sempé's 'Vapeur' metal and tyvek lamp collection for Moustache uses the mechanical and structuring qualities of the pleat to create strange and large lighting volumes.

Inga Sempé's 'Vapeur' metal and tyvek lamp collection for Moustache uses the mechanical and structuring qualities of the pleat to create strange and large lighting volumes.

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Lamp '010' by Guillaume Delvigne for Specimen Editions.

Lamp '010' by Guillaume Delvigne for Specimen Editions.

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'Nomu' by Lee West for Eno. Cork and ceramic teapot with ceramic cups.

'Nomu' by Lee West for Eno. Cork and ceramic teapot with ceramic cups.

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Sarah J. Coleman illustrates the 50th anniversary edition book cover of "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

Sarah J. Coleman illustrates the 50th anniversary edition book cover of "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

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Impressive Wrenchmonkees custom motorcycles. Museum grade Danish craft.

Impressive Wrenchmonkees custom motorcycles. Museum grade Danish craft.

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'Stack' flower vase by Materious for Ligne Roset is reconfigurable to support a wide range of stem lengths.

'Stack' flower vase by Materious for Ligne Roset is reconfigurable to support a wide range of stem lengths.

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