Entertainment, History

Blue Monday / Orkestra Obsolete

New Order’s Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s — from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano — the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you’ve never heard it before — via Youtube

Design

Mohamed Amine Siana designed Villa Z in Casablanca, Morocco — via ArchDaily

Design

In the case of this Honda CB750K, the engine literally blew up. The cam ate up the head, so the bike sat around while Federal Moto grew their business. Three years later, Federal’s CB750K is finally finished. We’d describe the style as classic CB cafe racer, but with a twist — thanks to the up swept exhaust and extended duck tail — via Bike EXIF

Design

Set in a sought after part of Hamilton, New Zealand, this art deco house dates back to 1939, with a number of features still surviving after almost 80 years. It has a guide of $520,000 ahead of its auction date — via WowHaus

Design

A new project in Russia takes the instant gratification of a 3D-printed structure one step further by getting all the printing done right on site.

Completed in the town of Stupino, located 60 miles south of Moscow, this 400-square-foot home was made with 3D-printing company Apis Cor’s mobile 3D printer, a crane-like, first-of-its-kind apparatus that’s small enough to be portable. That means the structure’s main components — the self-bearing walls, partitions and building envelope — were all printed on site, eliminating the need for transportation and assembly. The insulation, a combination of solid elements and liquid polyurethane, was also completed on site — via Curbed

Design

Despite having built several bikes with full suspension and sound ergonomics, their phone still rings off the hook for the hotrod style that originally put DP Customs on the map. The Del Prado brothers started with a 2001-model Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200, and gave the motor a complete tear down — via Bike EXIF

Design

This early-1900s-built home in Sydney, Australia has undergone a significant expansion that integrates seamlessly into the existing structure. Helmed by local firm CO-AP, the renovation involved modernising the home as well as creating a two-story concrete addition to the rear of the property.

Maximising natural light and green space were the project’s biggest priorities and was accomplished by adding a skylit staircase to the centre of the house and opening up the extension to the garden by way of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A spacious open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area are contained in this space — via Curbed

Design

If you want to have a garage, but don’t want to have it seen, IdealPark Car Lifts have come up with a way of including a garage, but in a very James Bond kind of way.

They create personalised and secure parking spots for your car underground to ensure that nobody can get to it unless they have the coded key required for entry — via Contemporist

Wildlife

A litter of six endangered Painted Dog puppies were born at The Wilds in December. After being cared for exclusively by their mother and the other pack members, the pups have now begun exploring the publicly visible areas of The Wilds property — via ZooBorns

Design

Platform 5 Architects have designed this new family home in Norfolk, England, that replaced an outdated bungalow.

The home, which has pitched roofs and a separate boat shed, sits beside a secluded lagoon and is also rented out for vacation rentals through Backwater (also the name of the house) — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

In the early 1970s, employees of Travers/Johnston Architects in Portland brainstormed the design of a communal retreat on a spit of land that divides Siletz Bay from the Pacific Ocean. To satisfy sleeping quarters for several families at a time, architect Ron Travers drew an octagon for the main lodge area. Nearby are three detached cabins that are shaped like hexagons and form a circle. Inside the circle is a central courtyard with a sunken fire pit, all protected from coastal winds by glass partitions wedged between the cabins. Needless to say, when it was completed, the compound known as the Salishan Spit Retreat got attention. Located at 399 Salishan Drive, it’s listed for $799,000 — via Curbed

Craft, Entertainment

Adam Savage Behind the Scenes of Ghost in the Shell / Tested

Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible — via Youtube

Design

Here’s a flexible crib from UK-based children’s furnishings retailer Nubie that grows, so to speak, with your baby. Designed by Danish company Leander, the Linea Cot begins as a traditional crib for an infant. Once the child outgrows the bed, it can be transformed into a toddler bed by removing one of the long sides. Then, when the toddler becomes a full-fledged kid, she can still use the bed — as a couch — via Curbed

Design

Kiwi Matthew Waddick and his crew at Shanghai Customs have built this prototype electric street tracker. At a glance, it looks like the perfect urban runabout. But what’s really striking is that it cuts a similar silhouette to, say, a Yamaha SR. A completely intentional move on Matthew’s part — via Bike EXIF

Design

This 1920-built centre hall colonial beauty in Baltimore has serious curb appeal. Its façade boasts lovely architectural details and window dressings that beckon immediately from the street, creating an enticing set up for what lies beyond the glass-paned door. Once inside, you are not disappointed. A bright and deep foyer greets you, with French doors enclosing a formal dining hall that features ornate moulding and built-in cupboard on one side of the house, and a sitting room with fireplace on the other. From here you will find a sun room and a connection to the spacious kitchen, which could really shine with an update. There’s an even an exercise room on this floor. It will set you back $665,000 — via Curbed

Design

Stefano’s bikes always remain true to their original purpose — but they do it a little bit better, and with a lot more style. This thoughtfully upgraded Kawasaki KZ 1000 LTD runs true to the Venier Customs form, replacing the fripperies of a typical early-80s cruiser with a sleek and timeless silhouette. The KZ1000 is called Giappone (Japan) and was commissioned by San Francisco-based angel investor and entrepreneur Brett Seyler, a man with a passion for the analogue pleasures of riding — via Bike EXIF

Design

Designed by Hampshire, UK-based Ström Architects for a retired couple, The Quest is a single-story replacement dwelling in the coastal town of Swanage in Dorset situated on a sloping, wooded site that features an open floor plan, minimalist interiors, and walls of sliding glass doors — via Curbed

Design

Most builders like to treat a bike as a blank canvas when it arrives in the shop. But when a Confederate arrives — well, that’s like trying to paint over a Rothko artwork. The X132 Hellcat has a brutal style you can see from a mile off.

But this Hellcat turned up at Revival’s Texas workshop with crash damage, due to a brake failure. And rather than just get the bike repaired, the owner wanted a change. He asked Revival for a transformation — via Bike EXIF

Design

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ annual toast to mid century modern architecture and design, is in full swing, and this time around, the desert city so filled with mid century gems already has got a fresh pair of houses for visitors to tour. One of the them is designed by none other than Al Beadle, the Phoenix architect who brought his trademark steel-and-glass style to desert modernism.

The new Beadle House, realised by local architect Lance O’Donnell in collaboration with the Beadle Archives and Beadle collaborators, was created based on never-before-built plans of a ‘70s Beadle design originally intended for Paradise Valley, Arizona. Located at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, the structure comprises a compact base with a second level that cantilevers 4m out in every direction. Expansive glass walls, of course, frame stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape — via Curbed

Uncategorized

The bike was literally a pile of broken bolts and bent metal, Brooklyn resident Tim Harney tells us. Hidden inside its warped cases, however, beat the heart of a 1951 BSA C11.

Tim gutted the BSA from top to bottom, and rebuilt it with a few tasteful upgrades. He’s also spent time on the engine, which has been re-sleeved, balanced, shimmed, tightened and polished.

There’s all-new, handcrafted aluminium bodywork too, but Tim avoided doing anything wacky. I wanted to stay within the vocabulary of the original bike, he explained — via Bike EXIF

Design

This charming, light-filled four-bedroom in Beaverton, Oregon was built by Robert Rummer, a renowned developer who erected some 750 homes in the Portland metro area between 1959 and 1970, according to The Oregonian.

Built in 1964, the four-bedroom-two-bath post-and-beam measures 190 square metres, and boasts a large, central atrium with glazed walls, a feature often found in Rummer’s homes. The bright and airy space sets the tone for the rest of the house, which is equally open and cheery.

A great room with a soaring tongue-and-groove panelled ceiling, portions of floor-to-ceiling windows, and brick fireplace flows into a dining room and updated eat-in kitchen, all with views set toward the backyard. Each spacious room has plenty of natural light flooding into it, and the bathrooms have all been updated.

The property, located at 7155 SW 105th Avenue, comes with a new membrane roof and high efficiency furnace and air conditioning unit as well as fresh landscaping. With a few more upgrades, this classic house could really be something. Get it for $569,900 — via Curbed

Design

BIO-architects have designed this rustic modern house for a young family that wanted to live next to Pirogovo lake, in the suburbs of Moscow, Russia. Due to the clients requirements, the house was custom designed by expanding the architects modular design, DublDom — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

PAR Arquitectos were commissioned to design this modern pool house next to an already existing swimming pool at a home in Santiago, Chile — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

Built back in 1956, this John Porter Clark-designed property in Palm Springs, California has been home to the likes of William Holden, Stephanie Powers, Audrey Hepburn and Tippi Hedren in the past. That is some pedigree and a definite conversation starter.

Yes, it looks fairly contemporary inside. But that’s really all about the deco and finish. According to the agent, the house has been returned to its original footprint and with the post and beam construction plus tongue and groove ceilings maintained.

Just on the market, this place is up for $3,700,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The story starts in Turkey on the computer of designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. Nearly two years ago, Mehmet posted his BMW Alpha concept online: An arresting, shark-nosed land speed racer.

Word was spreading of Mehmet’s amazing designs, and bike builder Mark Makr Atkinson became a fan. I’d seen a couple of his designs online, Mark tells us. Then my father posted a picture of the Alpha concept on my Facebook page. It was good timing: Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats had been canceled again, and I needed a winter project — via Bike EXIF

Wildlife

There is exciting news from Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch. On 26 December 2016, their fourth Rhino of 2016 was born. The young male Southern White Rhino was named Noel and is becoming a valuable member of the ranch’s Rhino herd — via ZooBorns

Craft, Entertainment

Weta Workshop Sculptor’s Labyrinth Model / Tested

On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room — via Youtube

Wildlife

3 Malayan Tiger Cubs in the Nursery / Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Three Malayan tiger cubs were born on Friday, 3 February, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and are now being cared for in the Zoo’s nursery. First-time mum Cinta’s maternal instincts did not kick in and vets, concerned that the cubs’ body temperatures would dip too low without the warmth of mom’s body, made the call to remove them from the den. The cubs will be cared for in the nursery for now and will move to Cat Canyon when they’re weaned and no longer require constant care. Visitors should be able to see them playing and running around in their outdoor habitat in early spring — via Youtube

Design, Entertainment

Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.

Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.

It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture

Science

25 Airbag Rainbow Explosion in 4K / The Slow Mo Guys

Gav and Dan, the Slow-Mo Guys, are always looking for something to film with their high-speed cameras. Something that people will find interesting, but more important, things that will look good in a video. Explosions? Yeah! Pretty colors? Yeah! So they gathered bags of paint powder and vehicle airbag devices and headed out to a quarry, far from anyone who would be bothered — via Youtube

Design

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-founded architectural practice best known for its iconic designs for Apple stores in New York City, France, and Japan, has completed four new dwellings at High Meadow, the Fallingwater Institute’s home base for its summer residency program.

The architecture, artist, and design residency to study the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece quickly outgrew the its original structure, a 1960s cabin with four bedrooms located on a historic farm adjacent to Fallingwater. The resulting plan, designed by the firm’s Pittsburgh studio, doubled the property’s capacity by way of simple wooden cabin-like “portals” that frame views of the surrounding landscape — via Curbed

Design

A lighter take on high horology, the Romain Jerome generational icons series of watches have drawn largely from the video game realm, with dials paying homage to classic hits such as Tetris, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Super Mario, and now cult classic Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong, conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, is the series of video games featuring the adventures of a gorilla character called Donkey Kong and a man known as Jumpman who traversed obstacles and ladders to rescue his girlfriend.  Die hard fans of course already know that Jumpman went on to be known as Mario, brother of Luigi, and star of Miyamoto’s all time greatest hit, Super Mario Bros. Another hallmark of the Donkey Kong series are barrels, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture, and lodging.  All these character are elements feature prominently on the dial of this watch. At $16,500, the retail price on this watch feels hard to justify unless you’ve really got the play money — via Perpétuelle