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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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This award-winning brick-and-timber home in London’s Highgate Village is on the market for the first time ever. Designed by Charlie Sutherland, the dynamic contemporary residence known as Barnhouse comprises the main house, a cottage, and maisonette for a total living area of 560 square metres. The house is on offer for £7,600,000 — via Curbed

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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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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

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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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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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Gustavo Penna Arquiteto & Associados have recently completed the design of Ateliê Wäls, a large brewery surrounded by nature in Olhos d’Agua, Brazil. The brewery, which features a large sculptural wood roof, includes a restaurant, shop, office, wine cellar, beer factory and an outdoor area for food trucks — via CONTEMPORIST

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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

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This two-storey house in Cape Town, South Africa, was originally designed by SAOTA a decade ago, but when it was bought by its new owners, they reached out to interior design firm ARRCC to renovate the home — via CONTEMPORIST

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A noted piece of architecture, the 1960s Young and Remington-designed DeLeeuw Residence in Palos Verdes Estates, California is still looking resplendent in 2017. That’s obviously not by accident. This is a top-end renovation job.

The house dates back to 1965. It was designed for a WWII veteran and his family who must have wanted something a little cutting edge. That’s pretty much what they got and as this house is on the market for just the second time ever, it sounds like they enjoyed living here for quite some time too.

The second owners obviously love it every bit as much as the first, renovating the house without taking away the character of the original build. This is the first time the DeLeeuw Residence has been offered on the open market and if you want to be the third owner, $1,825,000 is the price — via WowHaus

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Hector is a Ducati Hypermotard 796, probably the last machine you would expect to get the old-school treatment.

It comes from the oddly named workshop Be Unique 2.22, a collective of six petrolheads based in the small town of Magden, about an hour’s drive from Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland — via Bike EXIF

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Merci’s first watch design, the LMM-01 (LMM stands for La Montre Merci) is the company’s take on what you might call essentialist watch making: a simple, very affordable watch that nonetheless has a number of carefully curated design decisions. This is very much an industrial age approach to luxury; design, so the thought goes, needn’t be expensive and production line manufacturing techniques can, and should, make good design democratic and widely available.

LMM-01 comes in two versions: a quartz model, which houses a Ronda 513 movement with about a 45 month running time between battery changes, and a hand-wound mechanical version, which uses an ETA 2801-2 calibre. Both watches are water resistant to 50 meters, and they’re assembled in Switzerland. Cases are 37.5mm in diameter. Pricing has been kept extremely affordable; the quartz model is €190, while the mechanical model is €365 and Merci plans to make 500 of each — via Hodinkee

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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

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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

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Architectural design practice Hundred Mile House, have renovated and added an addition to a custom-built post and beam mid-century ranch house built in 1954 at the base of San Jacinto Mountain in Palm Springs, California — via CONTEMPORIST

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Designed by local firm Austin Maynard ArchitectsBrickface 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

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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

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With too many hard-fought miles under the belt for basic maintenance, a full restoration was on the cards for this Ducati MHR 900SS. So Revival Cyclestore the bike down to the bare frame for powder coating, replacing every bushing and bearing along the way — via Bike EXIF