This 1970s Artist Constructor-designed modernist property is one of a group of five houses in the village of Flax Bourton, just outside Bristol. According to the 20th Century Society, this was a speculative development by brothers Bob and Tim Organ, presumably as a showcase for their talents and their aspirations as architects. That’s despite neither brother actually having any formal training as architects.

Each of the houses differs in look, but each one was constructed with meticulous planning, from the choice of plot through to the layout and the interior design of the finished build. Obviously time has changed each one, but the house here is still incredibly striking and at first glance, as contemporary as they come, despite dating back to 1972. The guide price is £950,000 — via WowHaus


A champion of modernism, Bruce McCarty’s own home, which he built for his family in 1959 and has been virtually untouched since then, is now on the market for the first time ever. Considered his personal mid century masterpiece, the time capsule boasts not only a unique T-shaped floor plan, but also clever engineering: The tri-level three-bedroom is built on a 10-foot structural grid in which all the columns and beams are set in a 10-foot module — via Curbed


Orphaned Cougar Cub / Oregon Zoo

A tiny, orphaned cougar cub — with a fuzzy, spotted coat, baby-blue eyes and a surprisingly big voice — has briefly taken up residence behind the scenes at the Oregon Zoo’s veterinary medical centre. The cub, described as loud and rambunctious by zoo vet staff, was rescued this week by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, after a landslide separated the young cougar from its mother — via Youtube


Ahead of what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, home design company Schumacher, in collaboration with the Wright Foundation, has revived a collection of geometric-print textiles that the world-famous architect designed in 1955.

Prompted by House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon, who introduced Wright to Schumacher, the collaboration was originally developed as part of the Taliesin Ensemble, a collection of furnishings for people who did not have the privilege of living in one of his homes. It was officially called Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpaper and included an array of textiles and wallpaper whose designs were hand-drawn by Wright — via Curbed


The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph was designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, and manufactured at Agenhor, his complications specialist workshop. The AgenGraphe caliber AGH-6361 is not just a custom chronograph caliber, but also one that incorporates a plethora of technical innovations, and whose architecture allows the unusual central chronograph configuration of the Visionnaire Chronograph — via Hodinkee


Roland Sands Design’s client is a big BMW fan, with quite a few unique cars and bikes in his collection. Naturally, the guys picked a brand new BMW R nineT as the donor. He was really into the board track direction, says Roland, so we blended that idea with a bit of café racer flavour to come up with something in between — via Bike EXIF

Rights, Technology, World

EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy

Members of the European Parliament will vote today on draft rules that would allow citizens to enjoy legally purchased music and movie streaming subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. It’s hoped that improved access to content will help to dampen frustrations and reduce Internet piracy.

Being a fully-paid up customer of a streaming service such as Spotify or Netflix should be a painless experience, but for citizens of the EU, complexities exist.

Subscribers of Netflix, for example, have access to different libraries, depending on where they’re located. This means that a viewer in the Netherlands could begin watching a movie at home, travel to France for a weekend break, and find on arrival that the content he paid for is not available there.

A similar situation can arise with a UK citizen’s access to BBC’s iPlayer. While he has free access to the service he previously paid for while at home, travel to Spain for a week and access is denied, since the service believes he’s not entitled to view.

While the EU is fiercely protective of its aim to grant free movement to both people and goods, this clearly hasn’t always translated well to the digital domain. There are currently no explicit provisions under EU law which mandate cross-border portability of online content services.

Following a vote today, however, all that may change.

In a few hours time, Members of the European Parliament will vote on whether to introduce new Cross-border portability rules (pdf), that will give citizens the freedom to enjoy their media wherever they are in the EU, without having to resort to piracy — via


This peaked house in Irving, Texas, was designed in the late 1960s by David Webster George, a venerated Dallas and Fort Worth-based architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. George was also an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, and while the latter architect’s influences are visible, the home is uniquely George. Located in the University Hills Community, the 230-square-metre brick-and-timber residence is characterised by its striking combination butterfly roof, whose silhouette allows for multiple vaulted spaces in the bright, open interiors — via Curbed


Rising on the famous White Cliffs of Dover in south eastern England, this undulating, castle-like abode appears to grow organically from the coastline, capturing amazing sea views in the process.

Designed by British architecture studio Tonkin Liu, the Ness Point House sits over 200 feet meters above the sea. Its smooth, white walls curve to accommodate expansive windows that overlook the scenic surroundings. Each room with ample glazing is oriented toward a different view, from passing ships on the English Channel to the cliffs of Ness Point, where the house got its name from — via Curbed


The Man and The Dog / FATH

The FATH (Fundación Argentina de Trasplante Hepático) and DDB Argentina present The man and the dog, a story of friendship that seeks to inspire people to become organ donors.

The film The man and the dog, by DDB Argentina, is an awareness film created by DDB Buenos Aires for the FATH (Fundacion Argentina de Transplante Hepatico), a non-governmental non-profit organization that thanks to the commitment of people and companies has been carrying out its charitable work since 18 years ago — via Youtube


This BMW R45 comes from Extemporae/Officina Motociclignoranti, a workshop near Varese that is well known within Italy but less famous outside. The BMW is inspired by the 1920s and 1930s, says shop boss Alessandro Ferrara. It looks very much like a bicycle, and has many parts fabricated in-house, as is our habit — via Bike EXIF


When Andy Martin Architecture were re-designing this 5-storey Georgian terrace house in London, their clients requested to have a home that was light and bright, similar to the openness found in their native Sardinia — via CONTEMPORIST


Drawing inspiration from post-war studio pottery and mid-century design, self-taught ceramicist Matthew Ward’s work blends the past and present in a charming manner. His glazed stoneware Totem Vase is seven inches tall and features a pattern reminiscent of mid-century-era star bursts. The subtle blue-on-blue colour means this piece will be at home in just about any room, no matter the décor — via Cool Hunting


The Great Wave Off Kanagawa is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world. Created between 1829 and 1833 by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai, the woodblock print has since been placed on everything from coffee mugs and tote bags to murals and large-scale gallery prints. But have you ever seen a piece of architecture that takes direct inspiration from such a world-renowned work of art?

California-based architect Mario Romano takes an abstracted approach to The Great Wave in his Preston House design, but the inspiration is undeniable — especially when viewing the home from a diagonal angle and taking in the way the roof seems to crash over the architectural volumes below. Romano’s working motto is live in art, and he certainly lives up to it with this 530-square-metre home, clad in layers of brushed aluminium — via dornob


The company does various designs, but the Astrofire retro-style fire pit by Modfire is the one that stands out. Ideal for a mid century-inspired outdoor space. Love the sweeping legs, as well as the choice of colours. So many to choose from, which means there’s almost certainly one to match your space. Options too for fuel options — natural gas, propane, or wood burning — with that choice dictating the price. They start from $1,450 directly from the maker, with the option of a solid cover and tabletop too if you don’t need the fire, but do need the surface space — via Retro to Go


Gerry Mander (see above) was the Scarfolk Party candidate in the 1974 election. Though much of his nationalistic campaign consisted of subliminal brainwashing techniques, complicated satanic invocations, and simply lying and punching liberals in the face, he did also proffer tangible promises.

For example, he wanted Britain to be the first western nation to construct an underground sewage system designed specifically to transport its disabled and sick to landfill sites. He also insisted that women finally be recognised as the most valuable resource in their husband’s or father’s livestock.

Most of all, he strongly promoted British exports such as conker wine and badger cheese and demanded that the UK be acknowledged as the clear trade leader out of all the world’s authoritarian third world nations — via Scarfolk Council


Visitors to Aalborg Zoo, in Denmark, have been enjoying the antics of two adorable Polar Bear sisters. The female cubs were born 26 November to mum, Malik, and the trio emerged from their birthing den in late February — via ZooBorns


This 84-model CX500 comes from Kerkus Cycles, and was brought in by a rider looking for her first cafe racer. But Kerkus founder Azahar was under strict instructions: anything his crew did had to be reversible. Because, in Malaysia, the CX500 is rare. And by rare, we mean really, really rare; there are only four known CX500s on the road. Legend has it that the bike was never officially imported, but the big wigs at the Malaysian Honda distributor brought a few in for personal use — via Bike EXIF


A limited edition of only 25 pieces, the new Deep Blue Octopus from Romain-Jerome is a superb design centred around the sea creature.  What was once merely a caseback embellishment — a black sprawling octopus — is now front and centre on the dial, along with a wicked cool lume-set that brings the watch alive in the dark. As with other Octopus models, the watch also sports a notched bezel made of rusted and stabilised steel infused with steel from the Titanic, although for this watch it has also been given a black PVD finish (which renders the use of rusted Titanic metal pointless), but the look does go along with the overall design — via Perpétuelle


Forensic scientists overwhelmed by number of donors to NSW body farm

Forensic scientists say they have been overwhelmed by the number of people wanting to donate their corpses to the southern hemisphere’s first body farm.

The secret bushland facility on the outskirts of Sydney is being used to study how human bodies decompose.

It was established in early 2016 by Professor Shari Forbes, a forensic scientist from the University of Technology Sydney.

We’re not CSI, we don’t solve investigations in an hour, but we can solve investigations through the research that we do, Professor Forbes said.

The facility is currently the only body farm outside the United States and Professor Forbes said the public interest had been higher than anyone had expected.

The level of interest has definitely surprised us, she said.

We already have 30 of our donors who have arrived at our facility, and that’s in just over a year.

We weren’t expecting anywhere near that number.

More than 500 people have now said they will also donate their bodies to the cause once they die.

We do have a slight bias towards seniors and the elderly, thankfully because they live long and healthy lives and intend to die from natural causes, Professor Forbes said.

We don’t hope to see young people out there, but the few that arrive are really beneficial to the work that we do for the police — via


Danilo Biello operates Customcreations — a motorcycle garage located in the mountainous province of Isernia in central Italy. And his Ducati Monster S2R 800 is one of the most alluring examples of the model that we’ve seen — via Bike EXIF

Politics, Technology

How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout

The story of Australia’s costly internet bungle illustrates the hazards of mingling telecommunication infrastructure with the impatience of modern politics. The internet modernization plan has been hobbled by cost overruns, partisan maneuvering and a major technical compromise that put 19th-century technology between the country’s 21st-century digital backbone and many of its homes and businesses.

The government-led push to modernize its telecommunications system was unprecedented, experts say — and provides a cautionary tale for others who might like to try something similar.

Australia was the first country where a totally national plan to cover every house or business was considered, said Rod Tucker, a University of Melbourne professor and a member of the expert panel that advised on the effort. The fact it was a government plan didn’t necessarily make it doomed. In Australia, we have changes of governments every three years, which really works against the ability to undertake long-term planning, and the long-term rollouts of networks like this.

Australia poses natural connectivity challenges. It lies oceans away from other countries, and any network would have to connect far-flung cities separated by its sparsely populated interior.

Still, Australia had high hopes for its ambitious internet project. Started in 2009, the initiative, known as the National Broadband Network, was intended to bring advanced fibre-optic technology to the doorstep of just about every home and business. It was initially estimated to cost 43 billion Australian dollars, shared by the government and the private sector — via


This is the Ron Wood lightweight Norton, owned by Jamie Waters, and the archetype of retro flat track style. Anyone with a passing interest in flat track history will have heard of the legendary red big tube Nortons. Ron Wood built the first one around 1971 or 1972, and the second a few years later. Around the same time, he constructed this National-winning lightweight bike — which has a single-backbone, dual down tube frame designed to reduce weight. Jamie bought the lightweight from Ron directly, after they met at the Legend Of The Motorcycle show nearly ten years ago, where Jamie was showing his unrestored Ron Wood big tube Norton — via Bike EXIF


This 1930s Connell, Ward and Lucas-designed modernist property in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire is now on the market. Dating back to 1937, grade II-listed and quite simply, a stunning piece of architecture. £3,000,000is the asking price — via WowHaus


This is Kaffeemaschine’s latest cafe racer, Maschine 20, created for a client who wanted more oomph than he was getting from his Norton Commando. Axel Budde sourced a Le Mans Mk III as the donor bike and gave the entire drivetrain a rebuild — via Bike EXIF


Elegant and distinctly Southern Californian, this gorgeous 1960 home by pioneering female architect Edla Muir perches atop the Fire Mountain neighbourhood of Oceanside, the third largest city in San Diego County. Muir was known for designing homes for stars like Shirley Temple and Barbara Stanwyck. Located at 1812 Baily Drive, the property is the only Muir design to be commissioned in San Diego and is offered at $3.5 million — via Curbed


The Automatic Field Issue is a significant departure from the other watches in the Weiss Watch Company’s collection. Sure, it still has a basic field watch look (down to the sub-seconds at nine o’clock), but that’s about it. The case here is 38mm instead of 42mm and the movement inside is automatic instead of hand-wound.

The Weiss 38mm Automatic Issue Field Watch is available in three dial colours: black or white, both on a green Cordura canvas strap and both priced at $1,895, and blue, on a natural Horween shell cordovan strap and priced at $1,995 — via Hodinkee


This commission came straight from Royal Enfield Indonesia themselves, with an open brief and only two months to turn it around. So Jakarta based Thrive Motorcycle’s builders Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra knuckled down and got busy — via Bike EXIF


Over in Salzburg, Austria, Vienna-based firm Smartvoll won a competition to redesign the 350-square-metre roof space of a former storage shed for military vehicles and boy did they put their mark on the place. Using primarily concrete, the designers created a swoopy futuristic apartment intervention that feels like one huge, liveable sculpture — via Curbed


It belongs to Jeff Gittleson of Kinesis Moto, who built it by marrying a Ducati 160 Monza Jr motor to a Honda CB175 frame — via Bike EXIF


Klopf Architecture, the San Francisco firm known for its mid century modern-inspired residences and renovations of Eichler homes, has designed a bright and airy ranch-style home in Orangeville, a community in Sacramento, California.

Taking cues from mid century design, naturally, the single-story residence incorporates signature characteristics from the era, like a gently sloping, overhanging roof, walls of windows, and a free-flowing layout that promotes cross breezes and that quintessential indoor-outdoor lifestyle — via Curbed