Design

Majestic Restoration / Heroes Motors

The best of the vintage oddities has got to be the Majestic of the early 1930s. There are very few of these French machines still in circulation today, and this one, recently restored by Serge Bueno of LA-based Heroes Motors, has got to be the pick of the crop.

The Majestic was designed by Georges Roy, an engineer who disliked tubular frames because he felt they flexed too much. So he created a monocoque chassis using sheet steel, which also encased the drive train.

Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show, the Majestic caused a storm. The Delachanal factory put it into production the next year, but sales were slow—and the story was over by 1933. As with today, it looks like pre-War motorcyclists were resistant to anything outside of contemporary norms — via Bike EXIF

Health

microMend / KitoTech Medical

Sutures and staples are the usual options for closing wounds postoperatively, but they can be painful and require surgical skills. The microMend Skin Closure Device, produced by Seattle-based KitoTech Medical, provides a potentially better alternative.

The design of the microMend is conceptually similar to a bandage, like Steri-Strip. The device is made of a thin adhesive backing with two arrays of tiny microstaples on either side. It is placed across a wound, one side at a time, so that the microstaples can insert into the skin and align the two edges of a wound. The device is flexible enough to allow conformity to a patient’s movements, and it has a holding strength similar to that of sutures. The microstaples are supposedly painless, and the device can last for as long as it takes for the wound to heal — via Medgadget

Design

Palmer House / Dan Duckham

An intriguing modern house has come on the market in Lutz, Florida, and it’s sure to grab your attention. Designed by Dan Duckham and completed in 1971, the Palmer House features circular forms and an “organic” design that flows from room to room, an aesthetic the architect is known for. The mostly furnished, move-in ready home is located at 1420 Julie Lagoon on the west side of Florida and is offered at $350,000 — via Curbed

Politics

Same-sex marriage bill passes House of Representatives after hundreds of hours of debate

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia, with Parliament agreeing to change the Marriage Act and end the ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying.

Four members of the House of Representatives voted against the bill and some abstained, but an overwhelming majority voted for the bill.

Liberal senator Dean Smith’s bill will now become law after a day of cheers, tears and applause in the Lower House.

People queued for access to the public gallery to witness the law being changed and by the time of the final vote, they were packed into every spot — via ABC News

Design

Ducati Flat White / Max Betteridge

For 25-year-old New Zealander Max Betteridge, basalt fibre was a material he wanted to use even before he had a bike to try it out on. In many ways, basalt is the new carbon, he tells us. It has similar performance to carbon but at a lower price. What captured me was the subtle gold hue in its reflection — in contrast to carbon’s harsh weave, basalt appears almost black until the light hits it at just the right angle. Then it reveals a surreal depth — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Octagon Knot / Red Wolf

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Design

Supercharged KTM / Hazan Motorworks

There are still a few guys who know how to operate a lathe and build a frame by hand. And Max Hazan is in the top echelon—because he adds artistic vision and historical appreciation to create an intoxicating mix. Max is quite clear that this latest build isn’t designed for cross-country trips. It’s just something that has two wheels and was fun to make, he says. There was no intention of making something practical — via Bike EXIF

Design

Les Troglodytes / Jacques Couelle

Les Troglodytes in Mouans-Sartoux is one of five landscape houses produced by architect Jacques Couelle, this one dating back to 1962 and a heritage property in France. The design is all about organic shapes, a house designed to fit in with nature and its natural surroundings, intended as a contrast to the angular modernism that was popular in the day. The house can be found in a private and secure area above Cannes, offering amazing views to match the architecture. The asking price is €2,450,000 — via WowHaus

Design

Honda CB750 Cafe Racer / Bryan Moses

Bryan Moses is a hobbyist based in Geneseo, New York. Most of the time he works out of his home garage, but when that doesn’t cut it, he moves his projects to his family’s collision repair shop up the road. He turned a rusted pile of bits into this brawny Honda CB750 cafe racer — via Bike EXIF

Craft, Science

Climate Change Data Visualisation Blanket / Lara Cooper

At first glance this crocheted blanket just looks like a pretty pattern. But it is actually so much more! The blanket maps out climate change over the course of the past 130 years. Each hexagon represents a single year and the colours represent the change from the mid century average.

This ingenious data visualization blanket is the brainchild of Lara Cooper. By day, Cooper is a wildlife conservation biologist. But when she isn’t in the lab she runs Level Up Nerd Apparel, an online store where she makes and sells nerdy apparel. This project was the perfect way for her to put both of those skills together — via Make: Zine

Design

‘Inspired by Architecture’ Limited Edition / Mido

Mido embraces the US market in a big way, doubling down on its identity as a brand with design codes influenced by contemporary architecture, with the launch of the new Inspired by Architecture Limited Edition — a timepiece that channels the look of one of America’s most iconic buildings, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The watch, which is limited to 500 pieces, is true to Wright’s aesthetic vision, with a satin-finished and polished stainless steel case whose profile evokes the curved levels of the museum’s exterior. This pattern is repeated on the crown and its black rubber insert. Under a domed sapphire crystal, the grained, eggshell-colored dial takes its cues from the glass dome, known as the oculus, that covers the building. Inspired by Architecture is subtly engraved on the dial’s flange in a sans-serif font. The hours are marked by long, satin-finished and polished indices, swept over by diamond-cut hands treated with Super-LumiNova that glows green in the dark. It retails for $1,590 — via WatchTime

Design

Sol Friedman House / Frank Lloyd Wright

An intriguing, saucer-like Frank Lloyd Wright home has come on the market in the Usonia community in Pleasantville, New York. Built in 1948, the Sol Friedman House, or Toyhill, as it was nicknamed, boasts a unique floorplan of two intersecting circles topped by mushroom-like roofs, whose motif continues in the mushroom-shaped carport nearby. The property at 11 Orchard Brook Drive, just 50 minutes north of New York City, is offered at $1.5 million — via Curbed