Design

UrbanCarve designed Swallow House in Yilan,Taiwan — via ArchDaily

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If looking good heads up your list of priorities when it comes to buying a record player, then this Ricatech wooden turntable is well worth investigating.

It looks amazing. Crafted from lacquered wood, the player shows off the natural graining, with the metal detailing very much the icing on the cake. But this isn’t just a pretty face.

It is also a three-speed, belt-drive turntable (33, 45 and 78rpm), with speakers able to unfold when needed, along with USB output for digitising to PC or Mac, an Audio Technica needle and two AC adaptors (UK and Europe). A carry handle for ease of moving too.

Classy and classic, you can get one for €169 — via Retro to Go

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Kengo Kimura, the master craftsman behind Heiwa MC has no shortage of orders, despite being in the midst of a shifting landscape. The 2002-model Kawasaki W650 is loaded with trademark Heiwa finishings, and dripping with Japanese style. And no one executes the slammed, thin-saddle vibe as well as Heiwa — via Bike EXIF

Design

Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2016 House of the Year is the Murphy House, by Richard Murphy Architects. Built as the architect’s personal residence in Edinburgh, the playful, truly whimsical home, with its eclectic façade and unique profile, is also modular and adaptive to different seasons of the year.

Built on a small plot of land, the home has a footprint measuring just 11 by six metres and a floorspace of 165 square metres spread over an impressive five stories that encompass three bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining area, study, basement, garage, utility room, and a roof terrace.

The dramatic, sloping roof is outfitted with solar panels and can be opened up in warmer weather, creating an outdoor space inside the home. Described as one of the jury members as a “box of tricks,” the residence features plenty of other surprises including pulleys, shutters, sliding doors, bookshelves whose backs double as window coverings, a secret mail receptacle, hidden bathtub, and so much more, making it the ultimate fun house — via Curbed

Business

American Apparel is sold at auction to Canada’s Gildan Activewear

For years, American Apparel proudly touted its Made in Los Angeles motto. With its sale Tuesday to a Canadian sportswear firm, neither American Apparel’s name nor its motto will ring so true.

Gildan Activewear agreed to pay $88 million in a winning auction bid for the American Apparel brand and some manufacturing equipment, the company said Tuesday. The deal for American Apparel, which filed for bankruptcy in November for the second time, still requires approval from a Delaware bankruptcy court judge Thursday.

Gildan did not buy any of the company’s 110 retail stores in the US. Those stores are likely to close within a few months, analysts said.

Glenn Chamandy, chief executive of Gildan, said that American Apparel will be a strong complementary addition to its portfolio.

We see strong potential to grow American Apparel sales, he said in a statement. There is potential to drive further market share penetration in the fashion basics segment both in North America and internationally.

Gildan may keep some warehouse and manufacturing operations in Los Angeles, but analysts said that the vast majority of American Apparel factory workers in the Southland will be out of a job. In December, American Apparel notified nearly 3,500 Southland employees that they may lose their jobs. The message went to 332 workers in Garden Grove, 959 workers in South Gate and 2,166 workers at the company’s sprawling headquarters in downtown Los Angeles — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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If you’re looking for a groovy cabin retreat, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more, shall we say, atmospheric than this unusual creation in Snohomish, Washington. Designed by architect David Turner in 1976, the three-bedroom home is located on a bluff 48 km north-east of Seattle, surrounded by valley and river views.

Sitting on a woodsy six-acre property, the 170-square-metre abode comprises two heavily glazed pyramids connected by a matching pyramid-esque atrium/greenhouse. Bring your imagination, your contractor and/or roll up your sleeves, the listing urges. Indeed, the place could use some updates, notably where the shingle siding and kitchen are concerned. But with a huge fireplace surrounded by snug seating and plenty of full-height windows to admire nature from inside, this hand crafted abode seems like a cool place to hunker down — via Curbed

Craft

Lime Bast Rope / Silje Ensby

Making a rope from lime bast, the way it’s been done for over a thousand years in Norway.

Ropemaker Ingunn Undrum and boatbuilding apprentice Dennis Bayer head out to harvest the bark of lime trees (linden tree), in the spring when the sap is rising.

The paper thin layers of bast are glued together, and need to soak for a long time in the sea to separate. The water in the Hardanger fjord is cold even during summer, so the bark is soaking until fall, for 3-4 months.

Ropemaker Sarah Sjøgreen lays the bast rope, and makes a traditional carrying rope with three strands, for transporting the cut grass during hay making season. The bast is naturally water proof, and rots very slowly compared to other rope materials. This explains why it has been found intact in viking excavations dating back to the 800s.

The video was recorded by Silje Ensby at Hardanger Maritime Centre, a centre for historic ship preservation, located in Hardanger, Norway — via Vimeo

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A well-preserved mid century perched above a gorgeous, glimmering lake? A thousand times yes! This incredible Oregon retreat by Oswego Lake’s North Shore was built in 1965 and features five bedrooms and four baths over 585 square metres and multiple levels, all of the glorious walls of windows, built-ins, and time-capsule-esque details, and, of course, the spectacular views.

Parquet floors, wood-panelling, carved doors, dramatic, sloped-and-beamed ceilings, period kitchen (enhanced with modern appliances, natch), Japanese-style light fixtures and screens, in-floor stone bath, and a mini, hearth-facing conversation pit are just a few of the delights that make this property sing. Not to mention the vast balcony, dock, and boat house. Imagine all of the outdoor and entertaining possibilities—and live them out, too, for a cool $4,998,000. It’s located at 15530 Diamond Head Road — via Curbed

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The lads from Portugal’s Ton-Up Garage are self-confessed petrol heads who love anything with an engine. That love shows through with their newest release, a low and lean Triumph Bonneville called HotRod. It’s our interpretation of the crazy years between the 30s and the 50s, the guys tell us. The golden era of hot-rodding — via Bike EXIF

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Gorgeously remodelled and updated, this covetable property in Orange, California’s Fairhills Eicher tract is on the market for the first time since its original sale in 1964. Designed by A Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, the four-bedroom boasts a rare floor plan that was featured in only eight models in the city and includes a two-car garage and car port.

Now fully remodelled, the 2,000-square-foot home has a newly painted blue-grey façade accented by a horizontal strip of green that sets the tone for the rest of the residence. An expansive great room characterized by a beamed ceiling, stone fireplace, and new flooring seamless connects, by way of a wall of windows, to a replastered pool and stone patio outside.

A sleek new kitchen with quartz counter tops and the latest appliances, completely redone bathrooms, and new skylights are just a few of the home’s upgrades. As for what was left untouched, the aggregate flooring in the entryway and security buzzer are truly original. Located at 1070 North Granada Drive, it’s asking just under a million at $985,000 — via Curbed

Food

Ribbon Candy / Lofty Pursuits

Public displays of Confection use a very old ribbon candy machine to finally make some nice ribbon candy just before Christmas 2016. This batch was cherry, but they’ve made tutti frutti, and peppermint too. Lofty Pursuits makes candy on equipment made from the late 1800’s until the modern day. They concentrate on finding and restoring old candy equipment and re-learning the dying art of hard candy making — via Youtube

Craft

Unique looking fairy tale felt cat cave made from soft spring green colours with darker green and yellow — via Etsy

Design

Take your pick from various colours, each one inspired by the classic VW van and each Balvi Campervan Magazine Rack designed to hold your magazines. Perfect for adding a quirky touch to a room and perfect for fans of the van. Made of metal and available online at £19 — via Retro to Go

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This HB1 replica was built by American Rob Phillips — best known as the man behind Husky Restorations, based in upstate New York. These days, Rob focuses on Yamaha HL500 restomods, but he also likes a good challenge. So he’s spent the past two years reverse-engineering the HB1 from photos and diagrams. Bimotas are all about the frame, and this one was built for Rob by Framecrafters of Illinois. It’s a work of art, and as close as you could get to the original without having the real thing on a jig to measure from — via Bike EXIF

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The designer of these limbs is Scott Summit, a designer with 20 years old experience in the field. He used 3D printing technology to create one of a kind artificial limbs for each of the patients. Even more, he allows each patient to bring their own ideas on how they can customise the shape or the design of the prosthetics — via Design You Trust

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This sprawling Midcentury home in Indianapolis is, according to the listing, of impeccable provenance, though it doesn’t say more than that, leaving us to piece together what we can. Built in 1960 by Marion Cordill and recently updated for contemporary living, the five-bedroom, nearly 10,000 square feet property is arranged into a unique V-shape, offering vast open-plan spaces and a flow that establishes a connection with the surrounding woods.

The main entrance and foyer, located at the central point of the house, features stained glass detailing and rich wood paneling that extends to a living area with a massive hearth and a wall of windows overlooking greenery. From there, one wing leads to a brightly lit dining room and modern kitchen, while one the other side, a vast and vaulted entertaining room with an extensive wet bar and views toward the woods is found.

Other amenities include built-in furniture, shelving, and storage, seven bathrooms, a finished basement with fireplace, hardwood floors, and an office. Located at 215 Williams Drive, it’s asking $1,380,000 — via Curbed

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This custom from K-Speed is called Diablo and it has no fenders, a dubious seat and trials tires—but it’s just so damn cool. And no, it’s not another BMW; it’s an early-80s 750cc Ural boxer knockoff — via Bike EXIF

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Casa GS in rural central Argentina was designed by Córdoba-based MWS Arquitectura as a country retreat for a family that currently lives in the city, the 8,000-square-foot residence spreads out over a single story in an L-shape on nearly two and a half acres of land bordered by a sunken gorge with a hidden river. The architects conceived of the minimalist structure as a timeless house, not only as a way to ensure that it endures, but also so that it would not impinge upon the site’s natural landscape.

Built with steel, wood, stone, and of course, concrete, the rectilinear four-bedroom property separates the common spaces from the private quarters in two wings. In addition to a formal living room with a wall of windows that look out onto the terrain, the home features partially enclosed stonewalled patios that are meant to function as outdoor living areas. Broad concrete beams link the different zones, creating a series of courtyards and gardens that connect the home with its site near the Sierras Chicas mountain range — via Curbed

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Panerai and the explorer Mike Horn are renewing their partnership with the Pole2Pole project.  On the explorer’s wrist is the new special edition Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic, in a 47mm titanium case — via Perpétuelle

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Architecture and interior design firm Powerhouse Company, have designed this home for a family with two children in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede, close to the German border.The two-floor home has an exterior of dark bricks, which is broken up by the use of large windows — via CONTEMPORIST

Entertainment

Total Awesome Viking Power / Morten Forland

A comedy short film from director Morten Forland celebrating Vikings, LARPing (Live action role playing), and finding the hero within. When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to “the land of the dead” he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk — via Youtube

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Brad Monk is a racer. Sure, he has a day job, but come Sunday, he’s a racer — and this is his race bike. Trying to figure out what it is? We can help: it’s a Yamando; part Yamaha XS650, part Norton Commando. Or, as Brad puts it, the best of both worlds — via Bike EXIF

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Crate digging is fun, but not when you’re in the middle of a passionate DJ set. Chicago-based Flipbin solves this problem with a handy aluminium display-and-storage unit designed to keep 33 of your favorite 12-inch records on deck and within easy reach. Each Model 33 is powder-coated for extra strength and made in Illinois — via Cool Hunting

Entertainment

Obituary: Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars, has died aged 60, according to a family statement.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died on Tuesday just before 9.00am (4.00am AEDT on Wednesday).

It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55am this morning, read the statement from publicist Simon Halls.

She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.

Fisher had been hospitalised since Friday when she suffered a medical emergency on board a flight to Los Angeles.

She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo and also appeared in Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Hannah and Her Sisters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally.

But Fisher is best remembered as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars in 1977 with her now-iconic braided buns, who uttered the immortal phrase, Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.

Fisher played a part in which she was tough, feisty and powerful, even if at one point she was chained to Jabba the Hutt.

She reprised the role in Episode VII of the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in 2015, and her digitally rendered image appears in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Even when new, the 1970’s Kawasaki KZ400 was about as exciting as a baked potato. But Bujar and Gaz of Auto Fabrica have the magic touch, and they’ve just finished working their magic on the humble parallel twin — via Bike EXIF

Design

According to the agent, Chateau Nous in Ascot, Queensland is a listed villa, built for dentist Dr George Stewart and his wife Eileen in 1938 and is the work of architect DFW Roberts.

Initially the house was built with servants’ quarters and an electric dumb waiter to move food quickly to the upstairs breakfast room. Further down the line, a billiard room and a concrete air-raid shelter were added, with a secret tunnel located from the air-raid shelter to the original garage that runs underneath the house.

Moving further down the line, new owners in 1986 added a tennis court and swimming pool, plus a new master bedroom and ensuite and considerable remodelling of the kitchen and family room. But bear in mind this place has only has three owners, with the last of those also adding their mark in 2004 with further work. If you want to be just the fourth owner of this place, $5,750,000 is the asking price — via WowHaus

Design

Susana Herrera + FACTORIA designed the Yepun Astronomical Observatory in Lago Lanalhue, Chile — via ArchDaily