Former architect Yannick Martin, who has previously confined architecture’s most famous houses to a cube, is a graphic designer who explores line and geometric shapes to examine the language of the diagram. By fragmenting simple shapes, Martin seeks to offer new ways of looking at an icon so commonplace and ubiquitously used that, for most, the sheer potential and variety of its application can be overlooked — via ArchDaily
Hammock House, near the Blue Ridge Mountains, was designed by Asheville-based Samsel Architects, the home stays true to its name, where, according to the studio,
Hammocks and an ancient oak tree were the organising principle.
The old white oak helped to inform the home’s L-shaped layout (it’s growing roughly where the fourth corner would be) and the hammock takes centre stage in an enormous and airy screened porch. The house has a single-pitch shed roof inspired by local farm structures, and the interior was organised so that visitors walk through progressively taller and taller rooms until they reach the hammock — via Curbed
This austere yet impressive mid century modern home was designed in 1964 by architect Stephen Macdonald. Carefully maintained by the original owners, the 275 square metre house is now on the market, perhaps for the first time, in Holladay, Utah. Located on a half acre at 5457 South Cottonwood Club, it’s offered at $920,000 — via Curbed
Kutuleras brings you Cthulhu cosplaying Totoro! — via Etsy
Dutch design firm Studio Bas van der Veer has created Raindrop, a rain barrel designed to mount to an exterior wall and make collecting rainwater easy.
The design, which is handmade in The Netherlands and produced by pottery label Elho, includes a removable watering can that automatically fills up with rain water first, before the excess rain water collects in the main body of Raindrop. There’s also a tap at the bottom to allow for easy refilling of the watering can or if needed, a hose can be attached — via CONTEMPORIST
A baby Fossa (pronounced FOO-sa) was born this summer at the San Diego Zoo. Now 12 weeks old, the Fossa pup, its mother and three siblings moved into their new home in the Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks exhibit last week and wasted no time exploring—jumping over grassy areas, climbing on rocks and playing in trees — via ZooBorns
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The Urwerk UR-105 CT Steamliner is a timepiece inspired by impressions of New York, its magnificent Art Deco skyscrapers, and the metallic tubes ferrying commuters through a subterranean labyrinth. Its eight-sided shape recalls the metallic ribbing along a subway car and the skyward-reaching lines of the Empire State Building.
The UR-105 CT Streamliner comes in two versions, both of which will set you back 65,000 CHF (approximately $68,000 at time of publishing). One is in titanium and mirror-polished steel, while the other is titanium and black PVD-coated steel. Stylistically, the black version might be the
most New York, but the titanium and mirror polished steel version really drives home the Art Deco theme — via Hodinkee
Gian Maria Traversone works as a building contractor, but also runs GMT Atelier — a workshop on the beach in the tropical paradise of Guanacaste, Costa Rica in Central America. This aviation-inspired 1982 Moto Guzzi Le Mans is Gian’s personal bike, and it’s loaded with clever and unique touches — via Bike EXIF
Built in 1956, this mid century modern residence in Portland, Oregon, is unique in that it is one of only three homes designed by its owner, who, surprisingly enough, is not a trained architect.
But it’s the structure itself, and the way it engages with its site and the surrounding gardens, that sets it apart. Measuring a generous 440 square metres over multiple levels, the house comprising four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, three fireplaces, and many more opportunities—like wraparound porches—for outdoor relaxation and entertaining. On the market for the first time, the residence located at 2855 SW Rutland Terrace is offered at $1.795 million — via Curbed
This build is the work of David Morales, a custom bike builder with a dozen years of experience under his belt – and many of his creations are Honda Trail-based mini bikes. He’s based out of Denton Moto, a hub for his local motorcycle community providing repair services, gear, art, and accessories – as well as advice. The project started with an old 1977 CT70 frame that was leaning up against the wall in the workshop. Funnily enough he’d tried to give it away a few times but it never disappeared, and eventually the time came to make something of it — via Silodrome
The Mido Multifort Escape, introduced this year at Baselworld, is a large watch, 44mm in diameter, with large lume-filled Arabic numerals, slightly vintage-feel skeletonised hands (also filled with Super-LumiNova), and a touch of orange in the minute track and lettering. The case is in 316L stainless steel, sandblasted, with an attractive PVD gunmetal coating. Though it’s a simple watch, quality components have been used, including a sapphire crystal both in the front and for the display back, with anti-reflective coating — via Hodinkee
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Coming out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and set on the shores of Cedar Lake, is this impressive Art Deco home that was first completed in 1936 and recently expanded and refurbished by Peterssen/Keller Architecture to include a new floor.
The stuccoed International Style-house now comprises a 380 square metre floor plan that features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, multiple family and living rooms, and windows all around. More importantly, though, it still boasts the curved walls, sleek lines, and bright white interiors that make up the most recognizable details of the Streamline Moderne movement. Located at 20 Park Lane, it’s offered at $3.85 million — via Curbed
TAG Heuer has just announced the release of a special edition for the 50th Anniversary of the Gulf Racing Stripes — the Monaco Gulf Special Edition. First introduced in 1969, the Monaco was the first square waterproof automatic chronograph and quickly became a cult classic when Steve McQueen wore it in Le Mans (1971) as the racer Michael Delaney. In the film, Delaney is sponsored by Gulf Oil with their blue, white, and orange stripes visible on both his white racing suit and his Porsche 917. But the stripes themselves actually pre-date the movie, having first appeared in 1967 — via Hodinkee
Green Island, off the coast of Brooklin, Maine, is on the market for $650,000. The island includes the sweet historic Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse, built in 1856 to help guide ship traffic related to the booming lumber business of the nearby town of Ellsworth. Adjoining the lighthouse is a 1,750-square-foot keeper’s cottage with four bedrooms and a half-bath. The house has a charming New England feel to it and will come fully furnished. There are also a couple of extra buildings on the island including what looks like a large boathouse/garage and a wee little windowless stone structure — via Curbed
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Eight years after the first Moonstruck made its mark, the Moonstruck Worldtimer remains the only astronomical wristwatch with the bright part of the moon always facing the sun, as happens in real life. Innovative yet functional, the Moonstruck Worldtimer also include an easy-to-read map of the tides, date indicator, instant time zone adjuster, and worldtimer complication. Limited to 100 pieces, this model is available in platinum ($95,000) and rose gold ($75,000) — via Perpétuelle
Bay Area architect Warren Callister was known for his dramatic, magical use of redwood and now, a stellar example of his work has come back on the market in Sausalito, California. Built in 1951, the 350 square metre home shows off striking angles and even more arresting views over Richardson Bay. Located at 250 Currey Lane, this gem is asking $3,595,000 — via Curbed
A fast way to make great quality knobs for jigs and furniture. No need for any tools, just a mould and some epoxy, it’s super quick and the knobs look great. Faster than making wooden knobs, ideal for the jigs around the workshop — via Youtube
Designed by local firm Austin Maynard Architects, Brickface has an exterior made of red recycled brick, punctuated by a pattern of brightly coloured red and blue bricks on the house-facing one side. Circular windows and a curved cut-out in the roof line add visual interest from the lane way — via Curbed
Swiss independent watchmaker MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps) debuted a really cool timepiece this year at Baselworld called the MCT Dodekal One D110.
Produced in conjunction with the relatively young company’s tenth anniversary the Dodekal One is the first mechanical watch with a digital hours display in the centre of the dial.
According to MCT, the Dodekal One design was inspired by 1970s electronic watches. It is powered by calibre D1 and which required a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in digital form — via Professional Watches
It’s not uncommon for parents to take some time to settle on a name for a new baby, but if they take too long, does the government have the power to step in?
Canberra’s six-month rule
In Australia, all births have to be registered under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act.
Access Canberra is the government body responsible for recording the momentous occasions in the ACT.
… parents had six months to name their baby — a timeframe that’s only recently been extended from just 60 days.
Reviewing — and rejecting — names
As part of the registration process, Access Canberra reviews names selected by parents.
For the most part parents have free reign to choose a name, guided by a few simple rules, but it’s not the same all over the world.
… only two names have been rejected by the ACT Government to date – one because it contained symbols without phonetic significance, and another because it contained a title or a rank. In that instance, the name was
What happens when the six months are up?
Ben Green, deputy director for licensing and registration, explained that parents would be strongly urged to find a suitable name for their child and complete the registration paperwork.
And, while it has never happened, the ACT Government even has the power to take parents to court to force them to register, and name, their child.
Bringing it back to Sam’s question, I asked whether the government could name a child, if parents didn’t meet the deadline.
Put simply no, not really, Ben said.
The government does have two circumstances in which they can name your child, the first circumstance is if it’s a prohibited name and the second is if the parents can’t agree on a name.
Ben said that this had never happened in the ACT and there was no pre-approved list of spare baby names sitting on a desk at Access Canberra just in case — ABC News