Design

They are too young for a Lambretta or a Vespa, but they might like to be going with the Chad Valley retro electric scooter for kids.

Trading on the classic scooter look of a bygone era, this is a working bike for kids of sorts. By that, we mean it has working headlights and engine sounds, as well as 6V engine, which hits around 3mph in forward or reverse. Oh yes, has an FM radio too.

Designed for age three and up, it sells for £129.99 — via Junior Hipster

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Chetstone / Mary Blair Moody

This storybook Victorian Gothic home in Connecticut has quite the pedigree. It was built in 1876 by one Dr Mary Blair Moody, the first woman to practice medicine in New Haven, and was next purchased by Albert Haasis, an executive of the Dixon Ticonderoga pencil company, who named it Chetstone.

Haasis also left other enduring markings on the 400-square-metre five-bedroom, like the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-inspired paintings of rabbits still found in the attic today. Whimsical artwork aside, however, the stately, well-preserved manse boasts an abundance of original architectural details like its brownstone foundation, intricate woodwork on the façade and the interiors, wraparound porch, a tower room, multiple fireplaces, pocket doors, built-ins, and inlaid hardwood floors. Located at 154 East Grand Avenue, it’s offered at $525,000 — via Curbed

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Designed by well-known Bay Area architect Robert Designed by well-known Bay Area architect Robert Klemmedson, the 275-square-metre four-bedroom is on the market for the first time ever and boasts virtually all original details. These include the beamed ceilings, teak wood panelling, walls of windows, cork flooring, and time capsule kitchen with Chambers stove.

A huge stone hearth anchors the living room, which features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto a deck (one of several throughout the residence). A dining room by the kitchen, as well as most of the rooms in the split-level house are all illuminated by generous glazing.

Set on nearly half an acre, the time capsule even glimpses the ocean through Torrey pine trees. Although a refresh of the interiors is necessary (to replace those carpeted floors, for one), the property located at 437 Pine Needles Drive is move-in ready. But it’s going to cost you a pretty penny: It’s offered at $2.6 million — via Curbed

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Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos have designed a modern home right on the beach in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. The house is organised in an L shape, with one side pointing towards the beach, and the other containing the social areas of the home. The exterior of the home naturally suits the landscape around it by having a material palette of white, wood, and stone. At night the residence lights up from all angles creating an ethereal effect — via CONTEMPORIST

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With its 1,200m long structure in Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald’s signature heavy engineering style and, the Nixie Machine II, created in collaboration with Dalibor Farny, a passionate engineer, is hand crafted out of burnished steel and brushed brass. Each of its glowing six digits is displayed via modern Nixie tubes – also known as cold cathode displays – presented as three pairs for hours, minutes and seconds.

It will be available in as a 12 piece limited edition available exclusively from the M.A.D.Galleries in Geneva, Dubai, and Taipei. The retail price is $30,000 — via Professional Watches

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The creation of Patrick Godet, this elegant example of master craftsmanship is based on a Black Shadow — but uses the famed Egli-Vincent frame design for added strength. Of course quelling flex alone wasn’t enough, so this version of the Fritz Egli design is also nickel plated — via Bike EXIF

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A cheerfully restored original Joseph Eichler has come on the market in San Rafael, California, and it’s poised to tickle the fancy of any mid century modern enthusiast.

A white exterior featuring that trademark Eichler roof and accented by orange details sets the mood for the 150-square-metre four-bedroom. Inside, walls are also white, as are the beamed and vaulted ceilings and the speckled floors. A set of orange and turquoise racer stripes even make an appearance.

Original elements like the Philippine mahogany panelled walls, kitchen cabinetry, globe lights, and Japanese style closet doors add heft to the bright space, and also keep the residence close to its 1958 roots, while walls of glass thrust it open to the sun — via Curbed

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Scott T-Bone Jones has carved out a reputation as one of the scene’s top chopper builders. His portfolio is jaw-dropping, and littered with impeccable vintage Pans and Shovels. But race bikes? That’s a whole new bag for T-Bone’s shop, Noise Cycles. Looking at this stunning Harley-Davidson Street XG750 flat track racer though, he’s clearly jumped in feet first — via Bike EXIF

Design

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

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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

Wildlife

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

Design

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

Design

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

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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 redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

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

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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

Health

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

Design

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

Design

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

Craft

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

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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

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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

Politics

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

Wildlife

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

Design

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

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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