Design

Simon Fleetwood had to go deep to shake off the Moto Guzzi Breva 750’s commuter styling, so he started by stripping it down to just the frame, motor and running gear. The spindly conventional forks and single disc brake were the first to go — replaced by a full Kawasaki ZXR750 front end — via Bike EXIF

Design

If you’ve ever wanted to live high-in-the-sky in a home you shared with no other households (apartment towers don’t count, obviously), then this incredible falcon’s nest home in Prescott, Arizona by Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal may be for you. Built in 1994, the post-modernist residence is nothing to scoff at, either. With three, bedrooms, four baths, 10 stories, and 575 square metre of living space, it nestles against the area’s landmark 1,985-metre-tall Thumb Butte with the main floor radiating out on four sides. Located at 2365 Skyline Drive, the home can be yours for the making-over for $1,500,000, a significant cut since the last time it came on the market in 2015 for $2,800,000 — via Curbed

Design

Louis Vuitton unveils its Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue featuring a new automatic movement with a central flying tourbillon. The calibre LV 92 with Vuitton V-shaped carriage was developed by Louis Vuitton’s own movement specialist, La Fabrique du Temps (acquired 2012). And of course being spin time, it has 12 rotating cubes that tell the time. Price is about $125,000 — via Perpetuelle

Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t’dead to prevent reanimation

Archaeologists investigating human bones excavated from the deserted mediaeval village of Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire have suggested that the villagers burned and mutilated corpses to prevent the dead from rising from their graves to terrorise the living.

Although starvation cannibalism often accounts for the mutilation of corpses during the Middle Ages, when famines were common, researchers from Historic England and the University of Southampton have found that the ways in which the Wharram Perry remains had been dismembered suggested actions more significant of folk beliefs about preventing the dead from going walkabout.

Their paper, titled A multidisciplinary study of a burnt and mutilated assemblage of human remains from a deserted mediaeval village in England, is published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

ARRCC have recently completed the City Villa, a modern family house in South Africa, that was inspired by architects like Tadao Ando and the use of geometric forms to sculpt natural light. The house is made up of rectangular forms that are positioned on top of each other, with some cantilevering out — via CONTEMPORIST

Science

Fungi Fantastic / Steve Axford

Enter the magical miniature world of fungi in these time-lapses by fungi photographer Stephen Axford.

Two photographers, Steve Axford and Catherine Marciniak, only one intervalometer and a forecast of a stormy Sunday afternoon resulted in the story of a forest to go with the fabulous time-lapse photography Steve has been doing of fungi growing — via Youtube

Design

Terry & Terry Architecture designed this two-level family home in Oakland, California, that opens up to reveal spectacular uninterrupted views San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Located high on a mountain range, the original house was re-built after it was destroyed during a fire storm. The updated house features a wood tube that connects the garden with the main entrance of the home, and continues through to the living areas — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

A new piece in Raymond Weil’s Freelancer collection celebrates the spirit of Gibson’s iconic Les Paul guitar and its role in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul, a limited edition of 300 pieces, priced at $3,295 — via WatchTime

Design

Andres Uibomäe of Renard Speed Shop wanted to build a bike that was easy to ride and easy on the eye. The main goal was to build a factory racer-style bike that still had great riding properties, and I think it turned out great, he says — via Bike EXIF

Entertainment

If you’ve ever wondered what the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road would look like all cleaned up, or you want some inspiration for a totally bonkers hot rod creation of your own, check out this photo series by photographer John Platt. Minute details of the vehicles can be seen in shockingly pristine states, as they were just after their creation and prior to the start of filming, giving us a good look at all the custom contraptions welded together into junkyard monsters — via Weburbanist

Design

The Richard Neutra-designed Schaarman House in Los Angeles, California dates back to 1951, which is a surprise in itself. This place looks as contemporary as anything on the market right now. That’s forward-thinking architecture for you. An absolute dream of a place, but you will need around $8,000,000 to own it — via WowHaus

Design

According to The Design Files, Blott House in Chirnside Park, near Melbourne, has no heritage protection, despite  one of the best examples of a Robin Boyd house in Melbourne. With that in mind, it is open to pretty much any type of renovation. But at the same time, why would you change anything this beautiful?

The house dates back to 1956, built for Dr Stanley Blott and his wife. The design was undoubtedly a talking point at the time, with a sloping roof and floor to ceiling glazing more in keeping with the cutting edge mid century modern builds of the US of the same era. It sold at auction for $1,500,000 — via WowHaus

Entertainment

Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies / Blank on Blank

If I did a story or a musical about Cinderella, they would be waiting for the body to turn up — Alfred Hitchcock in 1957

Interview by Colin Edwards from the Pacifica Radio Archives.

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, sat down for a short interview on the set of a film tentatively titled, From Amongst The Dead. The film would be released in early 1958 as Vertigo, the classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. In this interview, we go inside the mind of a master storyteller with a penchant for fear — via Youtube

Design

This extraordinary machine is a Motoconfort C23, which looks like it was built yesterday but is actually 84 years old. It’s the work of John Harrison, who at 63 is just a wee bit younger.

John lives in the old medieval market town of Dartford, in south-east England, and he’s been making a living as a mechanical engineer since his boyhood days.

We got the tip-off from his son Mike, who describes his Dad as One of those old school engineers that can make things out of lumps of steel, with dangerous looking machinery, after sketching it on the back of a cigarette packet — via Bike EXIF

Design

This Kemper Nomland-designed midcentury modern property in Altadena, California is an interesting place and all the more interesting because little has changed since this house was completed back in 1952. Kemper Nomland is the name behind the property, with the original plans still available in the house and presumably included in the sale. A name to conjure with too, as Kemper and his father designed the only Case Study house in Pasadena in 1947. Kemper Nomland Jr continued to design mid century property, which included his own home and at least a dozen others in the early 1950s. This is one of those houses.

If you love it enough to buy it, then you will be interested to know that the asking price is $769,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The original plan was to lightly modify a new Scrambler Ducati. But as the discovery phase progressed, Speedtractor realised that not many of the Scrambler’s attributes were on the client’s must keep list. A growing desire for a truly custom machine began to emerge — via Bike EXIF

Design

This rustic, contemporary cottage sits right on Johns Bay in South Bristol, Maine, and sure knows how to take advantage of its waterfront surroundings. With full-height windows providing peninsula views on three sides — the east, south, and west — the 160 square metre two-bedroom makes for a gorgeous escape. Located on an acre of land at 13 Little Harbour Road surrounded by granite ledges and a protected cove, the property is available for a cool $2,000,000 — via Curbed

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

Science, Wildlife

Night parrot sighting in Western Australia shocks birdwatching world

A group of four birdwatchers from Broome has photographed Australia’s most mysterious bird, the night parrot, in Western Australia.

The sighting is all that more remarkable when you consider that the night parrot was not confirmed as still alive in Australia until three years ago, and that the photograph was taken in a patch of spinifex 2,000 kilometres from where the bird was rediscovered in Western Queensland.

While the group described the parrot as a fat budgerigar, the sighting was the equivalent of winning the bird watching lotto — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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