Design

Jetsons House in Miami, Florida dates from 1949, the work of tropical modernism exponent Rufus Nims and no doubt picking up the Jetsons name because of those futuristic curves. If this is your dream house, the asking price is $1,875,000 — via Wow Haus

Design

Omega has launched the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch Limited Edition at an event in London in order to commemorate Bond’s long use of the Seamaster in films, as well as its long relationship with the Commander.

The Commander’s Watch Limited Edition is technically identical to other Seamaster 300M Diver’s watches, with a 41mm case, and Omega calibre 2500 movement with co-axial escapement. The chief difference is in the colour scheme, with a strap and bezel that reflects the colours of the ensign of the British Royal Navy. The bezel is blue ceramic with a Liquidmetal scale, and the dial is white ceramic. Pricing in steel price is CHF 4650, and in gold, CHF 28,000 — via Hodinkee

Wildlife

Five fluffy Cheetah cubs made their public debut this week at Australia’s Monarto Zoo.

Born in March to mother Kesho, the cubs immediately began exploring their new environment after bonding with Kesho in a private den for about three months.

One of the cubs is a male, and the other four are females — via ZooBorns

Design

The small manufacturer from just outside Stuttgart was a major force in racing in the 60s and 70s, but went out of business in the early 80s. Things are now looking up again for Kreidler. A bicycle manufacturer acquired the rights to the name a few years ago, but there’s now a motorcycle division too — with a range centred on some very funky-looking 125s aimed at the huge European youth market.

Kreidler has now called in mountain biker and extreme sports TV presenter Niels-Peter Jensen to provide input into its designs. NPJ has always been a keen motorcyclist. Jensen’s mission is to make Kreidler cool again and bring back the quality.

The first shot in the war is a limited edition called the Dice CR-125i NPJ Edition, priced at a very favourable €3,300 (US$3,750). That’s well under the sticker of even a Yamaha TW200, and Kreidler sold its entire stock of 99 NPJ Editions in just two days — via Bike EXIF

Design

This modernist property in Atlantic Beach, Florida dates from 1973, the work of architect and author William Morgan for himself and his family. It is now up for sale for the very first time — via WowHaus

Entertainment

Martin Scorsese on Framing / Blank on Blank

Sometimes when it all comes together … you become the film you’re making — Martin Scorsese in 1990, as told to TJ English.

In this new episode we have a previously unheard conversation with legendary director, Martin Scorsese, on how he’s framed his movies and his life. The early foray into making a movie as a kid, toying with becoming a priest, and where his parents fit into all this. And wouldn’t you like to see a Scorsese Western? Enjoy! — via Youtube

Design

IWC has released a Tribute to the Mark XI, officially referred to as the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” (Ref. IW327007), is being issued in a limited edition of 1,948 pieces at a retail price of $4,150. It is based on the company’s famous Pilot’s watch the debuted in 1948 (which was also produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre).

This new model comes in a 40 mm stainless steel case, a contemporary size that is much more appropriate on the average wrist than its significantly smaller predecessor.

The new size is more appropriate, as is the use of a modern automatic movement, even if it is just a basic 4Hz Sellita calibre SW-300 with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. It is all about the dial and the aesthetic — via Professional Watches

Design

For BMW, the Heiwa creation will be a show bike. It’s just been revealed at Motorrad Days, and in March it’ll be displayed at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. Kimura is no stranger to show bikes — he took home the Best In Show award at last year’s Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show — but for this RnineT, he wanted a bike capable of normal, everyday riding — via Bike EXIF

Design

This beautifully renovated home in San Rafael, California, was designed by Claude Oakland, who is considered one of the most prolific of Joseph Eichler’s architects and who created around 5,000 modern homes for the master builder.

Completed in 1964 and since updated, the bright and airy mid century home boasts all the trappings of the period, including a dramatic open-plan great room with vaulted and beamed ceilings, skylights, brick fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and original globe lights.

Four bedrooms, two baths, outdoor entertaining opportunities, and a carport round out the property, which is located at at 1154 Idylberry Road. It’s offered at just under $1.4 million — via Curbed

Design

This one’s a collaboration between Portuguese builders Nuno Capêlo and Ricardo Santos. Nuno’s an architect-turned-motorcycle designer; he worked for the likes of it roCkS!bikes and Ton-Up Garage before launching Capêlo’s Garage last year. Ricardo used to be a chef, but after a few years working with Ton Up Garage, he decided to focus solely on his own projects at Elemental Rides.

The stars aligned last year, when the two travelled to The Bike Shed London show to exhibit their latest work. Round about the same time, Yamaha Portugal announced a contest inviting builders to submit designs, with winners getting the chance to customise a brand new SR400 — via Bike EXIF

Design

A top-to-bottom renovation of a traditional farmhouse has come on the market in Catalonia, and it’s pretty much the embodiment of luxurious European-countryside living. Located in the medieval town of Pals in Spain’s Girona province, the six-bedroom masia occupies over six acres of verdant land dotted with with olive and fruit trees, vineyards, pines, cypresses, and more. The stone structure itself comprises two floors and 729 square meters of space that combines traditional architecture with a contemporary, streamlined layout. It’s yours for a cool €2.9 million, or approximately $3.3 million — via Curbed

Craft

Glow Table / Mike Warren

Check out the instructable. Really light up your next dinner party with a table that glows in the dark. Photoluminescent (glow) powder mixed with clear casting resin fills the the naturally formed voids in this Pecky Cypress hardwood, creating a unique and stunning table. The glow powder charges up in sunlight and emits a cool blue glow when in partial or complete darkness — via Youtube

Design

Built in 1957, this 185-square-metre lakeside home in South Salem, New York, has since been renovated and updated, maintaining its many mid century elements. It’s on the market at $1.2 million — via Curbed

Craft

Pete Dearing is undoubtedly winning the maker dad of the year award for the interactive cockpit in these spaceship bunk beds. He’d noticed how much his kids adored buttons; Elevators, remote controls, mobile phones, they just loved them, he says. He first made a basic control panel out of some switches and buttons mounted on top of an old toolbox with a power source inside. The boys kept asking him to add more buttons. So, Dearing decided to build something more permanent. With no real experience in electronics or woodwork, Dearing sought inspiration online, and purchased plans for a rocket ship bunk bed — via Make:

Design

After a few years the trusty 1990 Honda GB500 was looking the worse for wear. By now Oliver Aschenbrenner was a motorcycle designer, so he decided to tear it down and customise it. A stint working for Triumph Motorcycles in England mothballed the project—but Oliver has now returned to Bavaria, set up his own company 271 Design, and finished the Honda — via Bike EXIF

Design

A lake front home designed by one-time Frank Lloyd Wright associate Russell Barr Williamson has come on the market in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Built in 1954, the 230-square-metre residence has been restored and updated since, showcasing many of the era’s design principles. Located on just under an acre of land right on the lake, the property at 711 Lake Shore Drive is offered at an incredible $475,000 — via Curbed

Wildlife

The Most Famous Dog Who Ever Lived / Chris Hadfield’s Rare Earth

Dogs!

Enough about humans and more about some creatures that matter, you no doubt were saying in your mind. So here’s a story on pets. This is the story of Hachiko, who is likely the most famous dog in human history. But what is it about this dog that convinced the world to take notice?

We went around Japan to tell the story of the loyal dog who unwittingly saved his breed. Say hello to Hachiko, a very good dog — via Youtube

Design

Architecture firm tescala have designed this modern house in Merida, Mexico, named Casa Chaaltun, that features plenty of space for entertaining — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

The property was designed in 1967 for Jay and Lois Hanselmann in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is why this is known as the Hanselmann House. It was also the first commission for Michael Graves. The list price is $264,888 — via WowHaus

Wildlife

Tiny Male Otter Pup / Vancouver Aquarium

A tiny male sea otter pup — estimated to be just two to four weeks old — is now in 24-hour care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, after concerned members of the public found it swimming alone in open water off northern Vancouver Island on Sunday. Although the pup appears healthy, he requires care night and day from the Rescue Centre team, just as he would from his mother. Staff and volunteers are spending shifts feeding, bathing and grooming the newborn pup, which has not yet been named — via Youtube

Design

Jigsaw Customs are based in the small town of Nea Makri, on the coast looking out to the Aegean sea, some 25 km northeast of Athens. The Slider debuted at the Wheels & Waves festival in France, and it’s Jigsaw’s second Yard Built commission from Yamaha Greece — via Bike EXIF

Design

This Scion Lintu Rug is a fairly recent addition to the range and a rather stylish one too. If you love the idea of a retro birds motif on a rug, you’ll probably fall for this. Three colour options to choose from, with the Lintu rugs handmade in India by Brink and Campman to a design by Scion, each hand tufted with a thick, soft, 100 per cent wool pile. There are different sizes too, so prices vary, but start at £175 — via Retro to Go

Design

Back in 1975, before Frank Gehry was a phenom of deconstructivism and became the starchitect who flipped off the industry, Gehry finished a bunkeresque 318-square-metre home for prolific art collectors Peter and Ann Janss. Today, that home has a new owner — an artist — and a new modern look courtesy of a renovation designed by Dan Brunn Architecture — via Curbed

Design

Iowa-based Mike Gustafson is a furniture designer by trade, so he knows his way around a block of wood. After hours, he builds motorcycles as Monnom Customs; this is his second build, and also the second to use wood. For the M2 — a 1973 Honda CB350 cafe racer — he decided to see just how far he could push the use of wood on a motorcycle — via Bike EXIF

Design

This Andrew Geller-designed, ziggurat-shaped pad in New York’s Fire Island Pines, the 1961 Frank House, is on the market for just shy of $1.3 million. This is good news for modernism fans with change to spare. Though the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Frank House was once infamous for its use in a (well-reviewed) ’70s soft-core adult film called Boys in the Sand, it’s got a lot more than a — ahem — blue cinematic history on its side: The interiors — light-filled and lined in knotty wood, with sweeping views to the surrounding landscape through broad, double-height windows — are eye-popping — via Curbed

Design

Matt Machine’s latest bike is a sculptured metal masterpiece, with retro-futuristic curves and a delicious sheen on the hand-beaten alloy. It looked promising when we saw it on the bench in his workshop two months ago, but it looks amazing now — via Bike EXIF

Design

This intriguing British design comes by way of architect Tim Organ (of celebrated practice Artist & Constructor, which Tim founded with his brother Bob). Built in 1970, the L-shaped three-bedroom combines many original elements with modern updates to create a light-filled home in the small village of Chew Stoke, just a few miles from Bristol. The home is offered at £595,000, or approximately $752,000 — via Curbed

Design

Post modern architecture — it’s not for everyone. But sometimes it strikes the right balance of whimsy, risk, and stateliness, like this storm water pumping station in the East End of London, which was recently awarded a heritage listing.

Designed by architect John Outram and completed in 1988, the edifice-like structure — known as the Isle of Dogs Storm Water Pumping Station — is the first post modern building to be designated under Historic England’s effort to protect the country’s best examples of the divisive architectural style, according to The Spaces.

Among Outram’s best-known buildings, the pumping station features a striated brick façade, thick, rounded columns with brightly coloured and geometrically patterned capitals, and a corrugated pediment accented with a circular object resembling a jet engine — via Curbed

Design

So many bold designs in this new retro flooring range by Atrafloor, with influences from the 1950s to the 1970s (and even a bit of ’80s), all of which are perfect for adding some wow to a room in need of brightening up. All the vinyl flooring in the range is designed in-house, described as highly durable & easy to install and is made to order. The price depends on the space you need to fill, but generally you are looking at around £59 per sq. metre — via Retro to Go