History

What Was Hygiene Like In The Victorian Era? / Weird History

Practically every book, movie, and TV show made in the last century that references the Victorian era romanticises the time period. Beautiful gowns, lavish homes, and passionate romance are staples of the now bygone time. But in much of the media we consume about the seemingly sophisticated Victorians, no one talks about where they got their water or went to the bathroom, or when they last bathed.

When you peel back all the layers of silk and lace, you’ll discover that the Victorians were actually pretty gross — via Youtube

Design

Triumph Street Twin Sleeper / Ram Katzir

At first glance, this Triumph from Amsterdam looks like a regular Street Twin with a mild retro makeover. But it’ll probably get its rider from A to B faster than any other Street Twin in Europe, thanks to a heavily reworked engine and big suspension upgrades. It belongs to sculptor Ram Katzir, whose work is shown all over the world — from theaters in Tel Aviv to parks in Japan. And when Ram isn’t working on static objects of beauty, he likes to ride fast on his bike — via BikeEXIF

Design

Laundry Building Conversion / Greenport, New York

Constructed in 1930, the building in Greenport, New York was previously used as the town’s laundry and sits next to simple Victorians and a former boathouse. American film director Clay Weiner bought the home from New York City artist Rob Pruitt in 2006, and the structure was remodeled and modernised shortly thereafter. The listing offers two buildings, a 408 square metre live/work space and a smaller, neighbouring cottage. The larger of the two has a dark grey exterior covered in vines, a facade that hides an airy and light-filled space inside — via Curbed

Design

Design Icons: Pac-Man / Game Maker’s Toolkit

While a nascent games industry was laser focused on emulating the success of Taito’s Space Invaders, one designer tried to make something completely different – and ended up creating our second design icon: Pac-Man — via Youtube

Design

Defy 21 Ultraviolet / Zenith

What we have here is a colourful new version of the Defy 21, a super-high-frequency chronograph from Zenith, a company with deep historical knowledge about making chronos tuned to beat fast. Looking at the strap, and then a bit more closely at the dial and movement, one sees that the color violet has been paired with a faceted, matte titanium case — via Hodinkee

Entertainment

Obituary: Ennio Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, whose haunting scores to spaghetti westerns like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly helped define a cinematic era, has died at the age of 91.

Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone wrote scores for some 400 films, but his name was most closely linked with the director Sergio Leone, who he worked with on classic spaghetti westerns as well as Once Upon a Time in America.

Morricone worked in almost all film genres, from horror to comedy, and some of his melodies are perhaps more famous than the films he wrote them for — via ABC News

Art

Wolf: North: Moderna / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Entertainment

Psycho / The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Composed by Bernard Herrmann
Conducted by Sarah Hicks

In May 2019, The Danish Broadcast Corporation (DR) aired a concert called Murder at the Symphony performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra /DR SymfoniOrkestret, with various soloists conducted by Sarah Hicks — via Youtube

Design

Cherokee Park Residence / Guy Peterson

Built in 2018, the home was designed by Guy Peterson, a prolific Sarasota architect known in Florida for designing sleek residences with enviable indoor-outdoor living. This 424 square metre home is all white with long horizontal planes. Each room features expansive walls of glass and many have doors that lead out to a west-facing covered patio and kitchen. Polished concrete floors might be too austere on their own, but the design balances them with warm, custom wood cabinetry and thoughtful lighting — via Curbed

Craft

4 Tips For Making Your Own Pair of Espadrilles / Spoonflower

Espadrille shoes are the epitome of classic summer footwear, but did you know they’re just as easy to make as they are to wear? This fabulous summer project is growing in popularity thanks to A Happy Stitch founder Melissa Quaal and the espadrille kits you can find in her Etsy shop. With the help of Melissa, find out all the tricks you need to know for picking out a Spoonflower design for your first (or next!) pair of espadrilles — via Spoonflower Blog

Art

Wolf: South: Moderna / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II / Breitling

The original version of the Breitling Superocean ‘57 Limited Edition had a black dial, this new one instead sets the colourful hands and markers against a dark blue dial. Part of the proceeds from the Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II will benefit frontline healthcare workers in some of the most affected countries — via Hodinkee

Art

Geometric Pattern: Rondel: Battle / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Oak Terrace guard house / Germantown, New York

Before Eleanor Roosevelt made history as the longest-serving First Lady of United States, residing at the White House from 1933 through 1945, she spent summers at a sprawling 1872 estate in Germantown, New York.

Part of that estate is now for sale. The property was the home of Roosevelt’s maternal grandparents, Valentine Hall, Jr, and Mary Livingston Ludlow Hall, whom she lived with after the death of both of her parents by age nine. They spent summers at the home, called Oak Terrace, which had a modestly sized gate house that guarded a much larger Second Empire-style mansion — via Curbed

Entertainment

Once Upon a Time in the West / The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Man with a Harmonica and Cheyenne and Main Titles
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Harmonica: Hans Ulrik
Vocals: Tuva Semmingsen

In January 2018, The Danish Broadcast Corporation (DR) aired a concert called The Duel — Morricone Draws First performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Concert Choir with various soloists conducted by Sarah Hicks — via Youtube

Design

1975 ‘Czech’ Minarelli 50 GP Restoration / Cole Mahlowitz

When Cole Mahlowitz bought the bike, it was listed as a 1975-model Czech Minarelli 50 GP — a 50cc two-stroke racer with a six-speed box, and a claimed output of 16 hp at 14,500 rpm. But when the bike arrived, he had to dig deeper. Because although the motor was undoubtedly a Minarelli unit, it strangely had CZ stamped in several places. The now-defunct Czech manufacturer CZ never built a 50cc GP racer, so Mahlowitz took to the internet to figure it out. Experts on European forums collectively believed the bike to be a pet project from an engineer who was originally part of Jawa’s racing department. And the AMK Pisarky Brno stickers suggested that it was likely raced at the Masaryk circuit in Pisarky, a suburb of Brno in the Czech Republic – via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Rondel: Stone / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

History

How England’s Oldest Road Was Nearly Lost Forever / Tom Scott

The Icknield Way, in south-east England, is a road and footpath that’s been part of the landscape for millennia. But if parts of it hadn’t been legally marked down, then those parts would have become private land, gone forever. Who has the right to walk where? — via Youtube

Design

1974 time capsule house / Ramona, California

This 1970s time capsule house in Ramona, California is really something, especially if the colour green works for you. Okay, it isn’t all green, but that’s certainly the dominant colour in this one. This is the kind of house where pairs of sunglasses should be handed out at the front door. If you do want to move in, $375,000 is the asking price – via Retro to go

Entertainment

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Various flutes: Hans Ulrik, Russell Itani
Vocals: Tuva Semmingsen and Christine Nonbo Andersen

In January 2018, The Danish Broadcast Corporation (DR) aired a concert called The Duel — Morricone Draws First performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Concert Choir with various soloists conducted by Sarah Hicks — via Youtube

Design

The Arkitekt / Titan Motorcycles

Titan is based in Graz, Austria, and run by Michael Siebenhofer and Thanh Ho Ngo. Michael works on the design, building and engineering, while Ho helps out on design duties, marketing and running the workshop. The Arkitekt is most definitely not your typical BMW café racer. Based on a 1977-spec airhead, it’s suspended at the front by a girder built by Sven Denker, a German builder who runs the Custom Corner workshop — via Bike EXIF

Design

Round House / Leon Meyer

This 1972 Leon Meyer Round House in Piedmont, California is up for sale for the first time. The Round House wasn’t a one-off. This was one of a series of bold circular designs from Leon Meyer from this era. 30 were actually constructed with this one being house number eight — via WowHaus

Art

Geometric Pattern: Rondel: Monochrome Gradient / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf