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The 1950s Richard Neutra-designed JM Roberts Residence in West Covina, California is one of those houses that looks like it’s straight off the pages of a period interiors magazine, but that is down to design rather than luck.

This place has gone on the market after a two-year restoration by Eric Lamers, which, according to the agent, involved updating systems, recreating missing elements and rehabilitating original details.

Not cheap at $1,795,000, but no doubt worth every penny to someone — via WowHaus

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Beinfield Architecture were tasked with transforming an abandoned police station, originally designed by James Gamble Rogers, into new offices for travel company Kayak.com.

As part of the design, the client requested a used jet fuselage to be hung from the ceiling. Due to the building being a historic structure, this wasn’t easy as the used fuselage was deemed too large to bring into the building. Instead, the designers were able to have a new fuselage built from within the office. Underneath the impressive fuselage is a glass enclosed room with kitchen facilities — via CONTEMPORIST

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Fine arts and commercial photographer Balint Alovits has released Time Machine, his latest photo series documenting Art Deco and Bauhaus staircases throughout Budapest, Hungary — via ArchDaily

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This wildly indulgent property is your answer to African-style ranch living, according to the listing, in case anyone unbothered by that phrase’s colonialist undertones has been searching for that.

Measuring 226 hectares just outside San Diego, and surrounded by Cleveland National Forest, Double S Ranch is made up of seven lakes, horse stables, two helipads, a log cabin and main house, caretaker’s cottage, several workshops, and much more.

Apparently modelled after the world’s largest ranch in Zimbabwe, Double S Ranch is dedicated to raising Watusi and Black Angus Cattle in an all-natural, wholly sustainable environment and features full solar energy, six wells, several water storage tanks, satellite internet and cable, and generators.

For the chance to own this ranch utopialocated at 28197 Angel Mountain Road in Santa Ysabel, you’ll need $16,000,000 — via Curbed

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This year’s Panerai PAM 671 with blue dial is is a nice follow on to the PAM 507 Bronzo of 2013 and the PAM 382 Bronzo of 2011 — also 47mm Luminor Submersible models, though with a forest green dial. The case, bezel, crown bridge, lever, and crown are all made of Panerai’s bronze (tin + copper alloy) with a brushed finish.  The PAM 671 is a limited edition of 1,000 units and it is priced at $14,400. The calibre is Panerai’s calibre P.9010 three-day automatic movement, which is imperceptibly thinner (1.9mm) than the P.9000 calibre in the 2011 model (P.9002 in the 2013 model) — via Perpétuelle

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Now this is something a little different, But I think you’ll agree that this former nuclear bunker with original fittings in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland is just a little bit special.

Whether it works as a house is a different matter. You never know, if the news is getting you down right now, it might well be an attractive proposition. Failing that, it might well be good for a weird and wonderful holiday let, a tourist site or just your own hidden lair if you want to get away from everything. If you want it, the agent is looking for offers around the £575,000 mark — via WowHaus

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Not cheap, but The Edris House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs, California is pretty special. In fact, this 1952 desert modernist gem is both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Palm Springs Class 1 historic site. No mean feat for a piece of domestic architecture. It’s on the market at $4,200,000 — via WowHaus

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The former site of France’s National Library has reopened after years of renovation work by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal. located at Rue de Richelieu in Paris, the historic complex houses the collections and reading rooms of the manuscripts department, the maps and plans branch, the coins, medals and antiques bureau, and the performing arts office. Since 1993, the quadrangle has also been home to the french national art history library.

In the early 2000s, it was decided that the ageing building had become unsuitable for the demands of the 21st century, and a major overhaul was planned. With work starting in 2011, Bruno Gaudin’s architecture firm was responsible for the project’s general management, while the restoration of the listed Salle Labrouste was entrusted to Jean-François Lagneau. To keep the library partially open, the renovation has been divided into two phases, with the second stage set to complete in 2020 — via designboom

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Beyond the vintage aesthetics of Montblanc’s new bronze 1858 Collectionpieces, two related attributes shine: the visual warmth of the metal, both dressy and casual, and an understanding that with age these watches will acquire their own unique patina. Bronze has found success across a few watch brands of late, but Montblanc hit a sweet spot here with these three additions. The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece straddle the past and present delivering an understated elegance. The brainchild of Davide Cerrato, the head of Montblanc’s watch division, each timepiece also carries the brand’s ever-advancing dedication to quality proprietary movements — via Cool Hunting

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A home by Lloyd Wright — Frank Lloyd Wright Jr, that is — has gone on the market in Los Angeles, and it’s quite the looker. Built in 1949 for actor Daniel De Jonghe and enhanced by John Powell, the 195 square metre two bedroom perches on a ridge top in the Hollywood Hills with panoramic views of down town and features a long, low profile and is constructed out of glass, stone, concrete and wood.

The interior spaces flow both inward and outward, enhancing the connection to the outdoors by way of decking and expansive windows, while geometric shapes figure throughout the home, as in the triangular island in the kitchen and an overhang lining the perimeter of the sitting room. The property includes two large stone fireplaces and a private office. Located at 9028 Crescent Drive, it’s asking $2,495,000 — via Curbed

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The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon is a limited version of Roger Dubuis’ bold double tourbillon watch, which also serves as the launch platform for a brand new alliance with Pirelli. The rubber inlays are from a set of Pirelli tires that won an F1 race, it seems a natural perquisite of purchasing such an expensive (280,000 Swiss Francs) and exclusive timepiece that the eventual owners of these eight watches will be granted a two-day VIP motor sports event as guests of Pirelli — via Perpétuelle

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Located inside the Tower Park Praha, also known as the Žižkov Television Tower, in Prague, Czech Republic, sits a hotel unlike any other. As the name suggests, the One Room Hotel only has a single room, but don’t let the hotel’s small size deter you, the hotel is fully equipped to make your stay a luxurious one. Only minutes from Prague’s down town core, the One Room Hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and attractions and is close to things like Rierger Park and the Memorial on Vítkov Hill — via CONTEMPORIST

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If you are a fan of classic Disney, this 1940s Ted Criley Jr-designed Frank Thomas Residence in Flintridge, California, USA might have significance beyond the architecture.

Frank Thomas was one of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men illustrators, the core animators and illustrators behind some of its most famous cartoons. Thomas was behind the likes of the wicked Stepmother (in Cinderella), the Queen of Hearts (in Alice in Wonderland), and Captain Hook (in Peter Pan) to name just a few. So quite a name.

His success no doubt led to prosperity and enough money to build his own home in 1949. This was a collaboration between house owner, architect Ted Criley Jr and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, based around a substantial list of requirements from Frank Thomas.

If you want to own the place, you are looking at offers around $3,228,000 — via WowHaus

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This year is the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster. The Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer looks, well, like a Speedmaster. This variation is a two-register chronograph with a matte black racing dial, distinguished by the minute track which is based on an early Speedmaster model from 1968, and which we last saw in the re-issue of the Mark II. It’s loosely inspired by the collection’s past, although it’s noticeably larger at 44.25mm across — via Hodinkee

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From the outside, this barn guest house on a 6 hectare property near Jackson, Wyoming may come off a bit jarring. A big glass wall under a gambrel roof barn and between weathered reclaimed wood siding? Once you’re inside though, that decision suddenly makes sense.

Designed by local firm Carnie Logan Burke Architects, the 220-square-metre new construction nods to traditional work barns with its shapes and materials, but offers convenient modern living inside. The dramatic second-floor space holds a streamlined kitchenette, bedroom, and modern bathroom on one end, and on the other, an exercise area with a spectacular view of the Tetons and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In an interview with Big Life magazine, the owner explained that she wanted a scenic workout area for bad-weather days — via Curbed

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The Ulysse Nardin Freak has been with us for 16 years now, and while it seems a firmly entrenched part of the modern watch landscape, familiarity still hasn’t reduced its impact. There have been numerous reinterpretations of the Freak over the years, and for SIHH 2017 Ulysse Nardin is introducing the Innovision 2 — the name of course means that this is the second Freak to bear the Innovision name — via Hodinkee

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It’s the kind of listing that makes you Google how much house can I afford? even when you don’t live in that state — not because it’s the home of your dreams, per se, but because it’s got that killer combination of history, charm, and a price tag that feels palatable when compared to what you’re used to seeing in your own megalopolis.

Located in Eugene, Oregon, the 190-square-metre mid century three-bedroom was completed in 1967 as a personal residence by Robert Mention, who helmed the 1980s expansion of the Eugene Airport. With a swooping and beamed ceiling, soaring windows, open floor plan, two decks, and serene views of the surrounding nature, the home sits pretty on a 688-square-metre lot.

The original architecture has largely been preserved — down to the avocado-green sink in the bathroom—while the kitchen was recently updated (though it could use an even better refresh). Located at 2695 Cresta de Ruta Street, it’s yours for $480,000 — via Curbed

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MB&F launched the first Horological Machine in 2007, positioning itself as an independent watchmaker primarily interesting in futuristic design. Ten years and eight Horological Machines later, (MB&F actually skipped over the HM7 a few months ago when it released the HM8), Max Büsser and his friends have remained steadfast in their mission, creating watches that look as if they were made without any standard watch parts at all. That is not longer true after today. The diver’s bezel is one of the most instantly recognisable elements of modern watch making, and, in a departure from form, Büsser has made it one of the chief design elements of the HM7.

Of course, he’s done something quite unexpected with it. Instead of laying it on top of the case, where one usually finds a bezel, Büsser has surrounded the double-domed case with the bezel. It ends up looking almost like Saturn’s rings — which is not what the watch is meant to look like — but the result is awesome. One of the great pleasures of MB&F’s sometimes strangely shaped horological machines usually comes not when the watch sits on the wrist, but off, discovering the watch from many different angles. And the brand new Horological Machine No. 7 might be the maker’s most three-dimensional creation to date. There simply isn’t one straight edge to it — even the lugs are dramatically arched and articulated — via Hodinkee

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How does the idea of something weird and wonderful grab you for your next home? If it does, you need to have a look at the Bloom House in Austin, Texas, USA.

Built in the late 1970s, the house was apparently built by visionaries looking for a more natural and peaceful way to live. They found it on a two-acre plot, with the sculptors behind it then creating the frame, following on with the walls and eventually the fixtures and fittings of a liveable home.

The end result is actually a house. Have a look round and you will find a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, living/reception areas, stairs and of course, a front door and patio area. In a way, this is still traditional living. But the space age look of the place sets this apart from (almost) everything else out there.

This is up for $695,000 — via WowHaus

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Baume & Mercier has just released a new collection of sports watches. The Clifton Club is a nice addition to one of the more affordable Richemont brands’ portfolios, offering up a sporty, casual vibe with some pops of colour. The Clifton Club is available in five versions at launch. The pricing for these watches range from $1,950 to $2,200 — via Hodinkee

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Tiranna, a 1955-built residence named after the aboriginal word for running waters, has just gone on the market in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Purchased by memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley and his wife Vada about 20 years ago, the incredible 15-acre property, also known as the Rayward-Shepherd House and the John L Rayward House, has been well-preserved after undergoing an extensive restoration that also added a few updates.

The horseshoe-shaped house measures nearly 7,000 square feet and is arranged around a courtyard and includes seven bedrooms, eight baths, expansive open-plan living space, a rotating steel-and-glass observatory on the roof, wood panelling throughout, built-ins like storage, shelving, and furniture, multiple fireplaces — including one with a gold-leaf chimney, carved beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, a greenhouse, guest studio, and so much more.

The hemicycle is situated beside the Noroton River and a waterfall and is surrounded by woods. Other amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court, a large barn, and original gardens and landscaping Frank Okamura and Charles Middeleer. Located at 432 Frogtown Road, this one-of-a-kind home is available for $8,000,000 through Houlihan Lawrence — via Curbed

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It’s usually a long time between builds from Deus’ LA workshop supremo Michael Woolaway — but they’re always worth the wait. Like this seriously hot rodded Harley cafe racer, the Bel Air 1200 Framer. It’s got more curves than a racetrack, and enough grunt to spin the wheels at will — via Bike EXIF

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hyperSity Architects designed Cave House in Loess Plateau in Weinan, China — via ArchDaily

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Pepo Rosell has become a cult figure within the bike building business, because he has the knack of giving fast road bikes an appealing vintage race vibe.

This gnarly-looking machine is called Rocket. But despite the BSA logo on the tank, it started life as a Triumph Legend TT—a short-lived derivative of the Thunderbird 900 — via Bike EXIF

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Atelier Alter designed the Paradise of Colour, a rehabilitation project for No. 12 Middle School in Beijing, China — via ArchDaily

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Fancy treating the kids to something vintage? You could always invest in one of these Jokos balance bikes.

The designs are more complex and interesting than the majority of balance bikes out there, based on the classic cafe racers of the 1960s from the likes of Norton and Triumph. If you love your vintage bikes, you’ll probably like the idea of your children riding on one of these.

Each one is produced in Chile from wood and titanium and sold as kits. Do make sure you have a screwdriver handy when it lands. Each one is also made to order, so get in touch with the company to enquire about the price and shipping for your country — via Retro to Go

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In Elk, California — along the state’s famed Pacific Coast Highway about three hours north of San Francisco — this gorgeously weird timber house by architect Lee Aaron Ward, a one time apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, has hit the market, and it is quite the mid century pad.

The 270 square metre house, built circa 1960, sits on a 5,400 square metre cliff top site with pretty spectacular views of the ocean. The house comprises two multi-story wings connected by a central volume, where the larger wing is the two-bed, two-bath main house; The smaller holds one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest accommodations with lofted sleeping quarters.

Where the exterior is eccentric, with its hefty, buttress-like supports, the interiors are, though still eclectic, more classically mid century modern: Wood panelled, high-ceilinged rooms and the original custom cabinetry are all still on offer. It’s quite impressive.

But perhaps the most impressive thing here are the knock-out views of the ocean, which you can take in from a number of vantage points inside the house or outdoors, on a number of decks, including a spacious one off the living room — via Curbed

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Have you been searching high and low for that perfect ski lodge, one that would accommodate not only your extended family and your friends, but also their extended family and friends? One that was massive, yet private, cosy, rustic, modern, and quaint? With beautiful nature vistas and amazing amenities that would ensure that no one would ever be bored in the event of a crippling, days-long blizzard?

Consider your quest over, for this incredible Colorado property, known as Aspen Grove Ranch, may be the answer to your dreams. Situated on 1,400 hectares within the 7,280 hectare shared ranch community of Grand River Ranch in Kremmling, the 2,200 square metre compound boasts a whopping 10 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms.

And that’s not all, of course. There are multiple fireplaces, enormous windows, an indoor bowling alley, separate bar room, kitchens — that’s plural, in-wall bunk beds, walk-in closets galore, sauna — not to mention the many water features of the home — plus, truly, so much more. If Aspen Grove Ranch — 15 minutes from the Kremmling Jet Aiport, and just two hours from Denver — is what you’ve been looking for, then it’s yours for the cool sum of $28,500,000 — via Curbed

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Located in South Eastern Utah, the three-bedroom, two-bath Cliff Haven sits on 12 acres and comes with all the modern amenities you’d expect—WiFi, a detached 2-car garage, and Amazon delivery, for example.

But that’s where the similarities to urban life stop. Unlike your average tract home, the 195-square-metre, energy-efficient house was built inside a cliff. Similar in colour to the stunning red rock formations in nearby Arches National Park, the cliff house lets nature take centre stage. Even the master bedroom features the red rocks as backdrop.

The property is also self-sufficient. Solar panels power the entire house, while a private well provides fresh water and a 12,000-gallon cistern collects rainwater and run off. There’s a backup diesel generator to ensure power as well.

When the original home owner built the property in 1986, they created a tunnel behind the house to help with water run off and create a natural fresh air circulation system. Throw in a vineyard, vegetable garden, and a mature orchard—think apples, peaches, cherries, and more—and you’ve got the makings of a complete off-the-grid cave castle — via Curbed

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Mejorada del Campo Cathedral / Justo Gallego Martínez

A huge cathedral with tall towers and a magnificent dome rises slowly in the municipality of Mejorada del Campo, 20 kilometres from Madrid. It seems like a common occurrence, but it is not. The building has been under construction for 50 years — brick by brick — by one man: Justo Gallego Martínez, farmer, ex-monk and a self-taught architect of 91 years of age. — via Arch Daily

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This is a fully functioning motorcycle with stone bodywork. It’s a 1982 Honda CX500 modified by Chris Zernia, who lives in Mendig, Germany, and is clearly one wave short of a shipwreck. The bike is Zernia’s entry into the charmingly-named Build da Fukker contest run by the German magazine Custombike. The stone is basalt, mined from the Eifel mountain range a few kilometres away from Zernia’s house. Basalt is a dense volcanic rock, and rather heavy, but it can be shaped relatively easily — via Bike EXIF

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UrbanCarve designed Swallow House in Yilan,Taiwan — via ArchDaily