Design

Villa Slow / Laura Alvarez Architecture

Laura Alvarez Architecture has designed Villa Slow, a holiday retreat in the North of Spain that replaced where a stone-ruin once sat. Based on a traditional construction called cabaña pasiega (peasant cabin), Villa Slow is a stone cottage with a contemporary twist. All of the materials used to build Villa Slow are reused from the old stone shed or come from the area of Cantabria — via CONTEMPORIST

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Tolstoy House / John Lautner

The John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California dates back to 1962 and is made up of three detached structures connected by a steel cable roof system and topped by light-weight wood sheathing, with semi-circular windows throwing in even more wow factor. Bold and striking. If you fancy owning a Lautner, this one is up for $1,488,000 — via WowHaus

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Tapper House / Vladimir Cacala

This stunning 1960s Vladimir Cacala-designed build is found in the St Heliers area of Auckland, New Zealand and according to the agent is as original as the day it was built, but with a small proviso attached to the statement. Nothing to worry too much about. Only that the owner has carried out subtle and sympathetic renovations works both as a mid century modern time capsule as well as a modern-era family home — via WowHaus

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Vintage BR V1-92 Military / Bell & Ross

This year Bell & Ross took its inspirations to a new level with the release of the BR V1-92 Military, part of its renewed Vintage collection, now in its third generation. The watch itself cites no specific era or reference number for its inspiration, but it takes on design details from a variety of different time periods to create its distinguished look. Featuring characteristics from an array of styles from the 1930s through the 1950s, and of course also with many modern flairs, the watch appears to have remixed many fan-favourite features seen in vintage military watches and placed them in a straightforward, 38.5-mm satin-polished steel case. Powering the watch’s distinct hand configuration is the automatic Calibre BR-CAL. 302, which is based on the Sellita SW-200, and stores a 38-hour power reserve. It is priced at $1,990 — via WatchTime

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Lloyd’s Signal Station / Fox and Company Shipping Agents

Lloyd’s Signal Station on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall was built in 1872 by Fox and Company Shipping Agents as a communication hub for passing trading vessels using flags. Lloyds took it on in 1883, operating until 1969. That resulted in an opportunity for someone to take it on. As you can see, it was eventually taken on as a residential property, becoming one of the mainland’s most southerly homes. £695,000 is the guide price for this one — via WowHaus

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Collector’s Nook / mf+arquitetos

There’s something undeniably retro about this new home designed by Brazilian firm mf+arquitetos. Sure, the furniture is clearly vintage, but those rough stone accent walls feel straight up mid century, not to mention the undeniable preponderance of warm-hued wood.

The space is dominated by timber panelling for the ceiling, shelves, and perforated wooden screens that cast a chequered light over the interior and can pivot to open the living room up to the yard beyond.

But the home combines its old-school elements with more contemporary-feeling touches, too. Its entire back wall is made of windows which fully open onto a living wall covered with ferns, essentially extending the home into the outdoors — via Curbed

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Optical Illusion Tile Installation / Casa Ceramica Tile Company

Looking at this picture, it seems pretty obvious that something is seriously wrong with the floor… right? And yet, as we should all know by now, things aren’t always as they seem, no matter how hard our brains try to reconcile the fact that a flat surface can look so believably sunken on one side. It’s kind of hard to wrap your mind around the fact that the effect is achieved simply by warping the shape of the tiles as they’re applied to the floor. Casa Ceramica Tile Company created the illusion for the entrance to their own showroom in Manchester, UK — via Urbanist

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1980s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home / Boise, Idaho

Those looking for a not-so-big house that’s well-versed in the architectural grammar of Frank Lloyd Wright, per the listing language, look no further than this little single-bedroom in Boise, Idaho. The broker babble is more or less spot on and doesn’t hedge on what’s on offer: a cosy residence with one bedroom and one bath on 775 square feet of living space that takes more than just a word or two from Wright’s iconic language.

Built in 1980, it’s been virtually untouched since then, but in a good way. A period bathroom and the afore-mentioned kitchen place it squarely in the time-capsule camp, even if the era it’s preserving was merely three decades ago. There’s also a carport and a bonus laundry room. Located at 1085 East Krall Street less than a mile from the Greenbelt, Rivers to Ridges trailheads, and Broadway Avenue, according to the listing, the property is offered at $299,000 — via Curbed

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Ducati Cucciolo / Analog Motorcycles

In the years after WWII, Ducati was best known for producing a tiny 98-pound motorcycle called the Cucciolo. Cucciolo is Italian for puppy, and the bike was named after the high-pitched bark of its tiny exhaust. By 1952, an incredible 200,000 Cucciolos had left the factory, but few survive today. And outside Europe, they’re as rare as hen’s teeth. So it’s great to see some love for the humble 49cc single, with this immaculate restomod from Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles. The owner is Michigan man Del Thomas, who’s been Tony’s customer since 2013 — via Bike EXIF

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The Sandcastle / C Evelyn Simmons

An incredible modern home designed in the early 1930s by architect C Evelyn Simmons for actor Nicholas Prinsep and his wife the dancer Anita Elson has come on the market in Pevensey Bay, a small coastal town on the East Sussex coast in South East England.

Characterised by the clean lines and curves of the Streamline Moderne style, the 570-square-metre residence, which has been extensively restored and renovated, boasts stunning views of the sea by way of glass expanses and bright, open rooms that face the water.

Set on an acre, the home also offers spectacular grounds: gardens, lawns, a geometric heated pool, and a garage with studio. Just under two hours by train to London, the property is offered at £2,950,000 — via Curbed

Design, History

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona Becomes The World’s Most Expensive Wristwatch

Well, it happened. The hammer has fallen on Paul Newman’s very own Paul Newman Daytona, and it has become the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, fetching $17,752,500 (including buyer’s premium) at Phillips in New York City. While many people thought the iconic watch would surely break records, likely beating the most expensive Daytona ever sold and the most expensive Rolex ever sold, it is still a surprise to see the iconic chronograph break the record for most expensive wristwatch — via Hodinkee

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Harley Sportster XLCH beach racer / Shaun Fenton

Like most shed builders British bike builder Shaun Fenton loves all things two-wheeled, but there’s nothing amateur about the results: his creations have been displayed at the huge Bike Shed show in London.

The first job was to find a cheap Harley to use as a donor bike, and when Shaun stumbled across a 1970s Ironhead Sportster XLCH, he knew he’d found The One — via Bike EXIF

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Rainbow Lake House / Ridgefield, Connecticut

This ‘70s cottage, sitting right on the banks of Rainbow Lake in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is the ultimate nature retreat just 65 miles north of New York City. Previously home to legendary singer Judy Collins, the roughly 185-square-metre house shows off a façade of California redwood and a revamped interior with a customised kitchen and dramatic great room with a wall of windows showcasing the lake. The half-acre property also includes an expansive deck with a scenic spa, private dock, detached studio, and extensive stonework. The house, located at 239 Mountain Road, is asking $639,000 — via Curbed

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) / Thomas Heatherwick

106 vertical concrete tubes making up a massive disused grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa are sliced and carved from the inside out to produce cathedral-like spaces in this incredible transformation. Architect Thomas Heatherwick and his firm contrasted the cold, ageing industrial appearance of the complex with faceted glass and organic shapes for a futuristic looking result, a fittingly monumental setting for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), the world’s largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art — via Web Urbanist)

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Olive House / Log-Urbis

Architecture firm Log-Urbis have designed a house on a sloped site on the island of Pag in Croatia, that has a terraced landscaped yard, a long swimming pool and water views. From the street, the house looks to be a single level home, however a second, lower level is hidden from view — via CONTEMPORIST

Art, Design

Mondrian Vinyl Flooring / Atrafloor

If you need a room brightening up, then look no further than this Mondrian-inspired flooring at Atrafloor. In fact, the design itself is called Mondrian, so no denying the inspiration of the Dutch artist. His work forms the basis of this wonderful geometric flooring design, which is made to order and made to fit your space. As for price, that depends on the size of your room. But as a guide, it’s £59 per sq. metre — via Retro to Go

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Octopod Clock / MB&F + L’Epée 1839

MB&F have collaborated with clockmaker L’Epe?e 1839 to produce the Octopod, a biomechanical, articulated-limbed, bubble-headed timepiece with shout-outs not just to the octopus, but also to James Cameron’s film The Abyss and marine chronometers as well. And there’s a sort of stealth tourbillon built into the movement as well. The clock will be made in three limited editions — black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium — with 50 of each at a price point of CHF 35,000 — via Hodinkee

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Aqua Compressor Automatic Dive Watches / Farer

The just-announced Farer Aqua Compressor line is comprised of three models offering different expressions of the same loosely vintage-inspired theme, and they add something new to the brand’s offering of time-and-date and GMT models. Employing the twin crown and internal bezel layout commonly seen on vintage Super Compressor dive watches, this is Farer’s first dive watch design.

All three variants of the Farer Aqua Compressor Automatic are being sold via their website for $1,295, including both a steel bracelet with a dive extension and a fitted black rubber dive strap with every watch — via Hodinkee