Design

DAY41 / CODE41

The DAY41 watches feature a chambered-structure round case with distinctively shaped lugs along with an openworked dial that becomes an extension of the self-winding mechanical movement inside. Thanks to the thousands of women whose input was solicited for the project, CODE41 discovered that this type of mechanically driven timepiece would have a wide female appeal, despite the majority of ladies’ watches being powered by quartz calibres — via WatchTime

Design, History

Villa Majorelle / Henri Sauvage

After months of interior renovations, Villa Majorelle, the famed Art Nouveau residence in Nancy, France, will soon reopen to the public. Architect Henri Sauvage designed the gorgeously ornate house at the turn of the 20th century for furniture maker Louis Majorelle, who wanted to use the home, in part, as a display for his work. Like a proto home showroom, Majorelle filled the house with his furniture, as well as pieces from his artist friends — via Curbed

Design

Smith House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

The Smith House is really a cluster of three pavilions that together resembles a tiny village. The architects, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, wanted to build the family vacation home in the style of classic Nova Scotian architecture—simple form, gabled roof—but add some modernity with the materials. The result shows how well that contrast can work — via Curbed

Science
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Rust offers a cheap way to filter arsenic-poisoned water

When water flows deep underground, it often dissolves inorganic substances from mineral deposits in the earth’s crust. In many regions, these deposits contain arsenic, a naturally occurring element that is colourless, tasteless and odourless. Although its presence is barely noticeable, prolonged exposure to arsenic-contaminated water can lead to gangrene, disease and many types of cancer, resulting in major loss of income for millions of people and even death.

Inspired by natural processes in soil that bind contaminants and filter them out, Case van Genuchten, a researcher in the Geochemistry Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, has been using iron oxides such as rust, which are abundant in soil, to filter out arsenic from groundwater. He leads experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory that investigate low-cost methods of treating groundwater using only small amounts of electricity and steel or iron. The team’s most recent paper, which compares the arsenic-removing performance of different forms of rust has been published in Water Research — via Phys.org

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Light / Red Wolf

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Design

Primo / Ambosstoys

You are looking at the Primo Vespa-style scooters for kids by Ambosstoys. This one, which has no official connection to Vespa or Piaggio, is described as being based on a vintage Italian model. But you only need to look at it to see its inspiration. A 1960s Vespa scooter. This is a quality affair too, not least in terms of construction. Produced from sheets of solid metal, it is welded by hand from a minimum of pieces, with some aluminium trim adding in some stability and a vintage look. There’s a faux leather seat too and wheels that wouldn’t look out of place on a full-sized vintage model. You are looking at $199 for one of these — via Retro to Go

Craft

Ferragamo Loafer Restoration / Trenton & Heath

In this video, Trenton & Heath give this pair of Ferragamo loafers a makeover. A friend of their asked them to do a complete refurbishment on his shoes, so that’s what they did. With new German leather soles, some Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream added to the uppers, this pair ended up looking… new — via Youtube

World
Getty Images: Mike Hoare, seen here with his bodyguard in 1964, was internationally renowned until his career ended in an embarrassing anti-climax

Obituary: Mike Hoare

Michael Mad Mike Hoare, widely considered the world’s best known mercenary, has died aged 100.

Born in India to Irish parents, he led campaigns in the Congo in the 1960s that earned him fame at the time, and a controversial legacy years later.

His career reached an embarrassing end in 1981, when he was jailed for leading a failed coup in the Seychelles.

Mr Hoare’s son, Chris Hoare, said in a statement that his father died in a care facility in Durban, South Africa.

Mike Hoare lived by the philosophy that you get more out of life by living dangerously, so it is all the more remarkable that he lived more than 100 years, he said — via BBC News

Design

School of Architecture at Taliesin is Closing After 88 Years

The School of Architecture at Taliesin has announced the closing of the school after 88 years. The news follows the conclusion of a multi-year struggle back in 2017, when the school was approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning. The decision was made by the Governing Board, as the school was not able to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep the school open — via ArchDaily

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Flora / Red Wolf

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Design, History

Beach House / Escondido, California

This historic stunner, dubbed the Beach House, is a marvellous juxtaposition of vibes. Located in Escondido, California, about 30 minutes north-east of down town San Diego, and perched atop a perfect grassy knoll, the elaborate Victorian looks like a real life dollhouse set down in a laid back tropical paradise. Built in 1896 and listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence truly lives out its period charm. The house has been painstakingly restored to its original glory — via Curbed

Entertainment

That famous cello prelude, deconstructed / Alisa Weilerstein

Bach’s G major prelude has captivated cellists and music lovers for years. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein deconstructs it.

Bach’s six cello suites are considered a rite of passage for cellists. They’re masterpieces of classical music, and the prelude in G major — the first movement of the suites — is perhaps the best example of Bach’s power as a composer. In it, he’s able to achieve rich and complex harmonic movements with just a four-stringed instrument, while using the very basic tenets of music composition. Those basic tenets are what Alisa Weilerstein, a renowned cellist and McArthur fellow, helps us understand — via Youtube

Art

Architectural Miniatures Unfold from Old Furniture / Ted Lott

It starts with a chair or a table, an old night stand or vintage travelling trunk, but from there, these artefacts evolve in the hands of sculpture Ted Lott, who transforms them into complex works of miniature architecture. His goal, in part, is to illustrate the craftsmanship behind both furnishings and home construction. In many of his works, he peels back the typically unseen layers of domestic architecture, usually hidden behind layers of drywall and cladding — via Web Urbanist

Design

UR-100 GunMetal / Urwerk

The Urwerk UR-100 GunMetal has been released in a limited edition run of 25 watches that feature a sandblasted and warm grey GunMetal PVD case finish. The resulting appearance is completely matte, adding a utilitarian, tool-watch feel that contrasts with the overall avant-garde design in an appealing way by placing all attention on the unique timekeeping and astronomical displays. The new UR-100, with its striking grey appearance and innovative astronomical displays, is now available for $51,000 — via HODINKEE

Design

Handmade / J&D Custom Co

Based in Vadodara, a city in western India, Jay D Patel of J&D Custom Co eschews digital assistants and sticks to decades-old methods of craftmanship. He’s now honed his skills still further with this compact and elegant Bullet Electra, which was Royal Enfield’s best-selling model for many years — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Seasons

— by Red Wolf

Design

Owen House / Christopher HL Owen

This 131 square metre, three bedroom, two bath contemporary in Rhode Island is located on Block Island, a vacation retreat 22km east of Montauk Point, and it was designed in 1975 by architect Christopher HL Owen. It received an American Institute of Architects First Honour Award for Best Vacation House, in no small part thanks to the property’s sweeping island views. But the design is also intriguing—curving, elongated towers sit on either side of walls of windows that make the centre of the home look like a glassy jewellery box. 924 Off Coast Guard Road is on the market now for $1,650,000 — via Curbed

Science

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

A research astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Varoujan Gorjian specialises in the structure of the universe. Which means the guy not only knows about event horizons and gravitational lensing but stuff like tidal forces, x-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei. His knowledge of black holes is encyclopaedic. And best of all, he’s good at explaining the stuff — via Youtube

Design

Saltdean art deco house / Brighton, East Sussex

This 1930s art deco house in Brighton, East Sussex is back up for sale and with a lower asking price of £750,000. The selling points of this Saltdean house are various, but top of the list comes the architecture itself and its position. But note that the house isn’t entirely original. The agency describes this as a beautifully restored art deco house and one that has been extended and improved over the years and particularly by the current owners — via WowHaus

Design

No. 25 / Origin8or

A fresh look at the iconic 1970s Honda, from Rob Chappell of Origin8or in Ontario, Canada. Instead of leaning on clichés, Rob’s given the CB750 hits of 80s and 90s muscle bike style, with some contemporary performance upgrades in the mix too. Only fitting for a bike that’s widely know as the world’s first superbike. Rob originally founded Origin8or alone, but these days he’s helped by a South African transplant, Adrian Taljaard. And they pieced this 1974 CB750 together from almost thirty boxes of parts that arrived in the back of a van — via Bike EXIF

Design

Mumbai office interior / Sanjay Puri Architects

Sanjay Puri Architects were tasked with designing an office in Mumbai, India, and as a way to add interest to the interior, they included perforated accents in three different areas.

The first area is an open and expansive reception space that’s used for seminars and entertaining. The large wall, which would otherwise be empty, has been adorned with geometric perforations creating an overall circular pattern — via Contemporist

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Akansha / Red Wolf

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