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Hammock House / Samsel Architects

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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Raindrop / Studio Bas van der Veer

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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UR-105 CT Streamliner / Urwerk

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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Rutland Terrace Residence / Portland, Oregon

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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Honda CT117 / DavmoMoto

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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Multifort Escape / Mido

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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Cedar Lake Refurbishment / Peterssen/Keller Architecture

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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Monaco Gulf Special Edition / TAG Heuer

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 / Brooklin, Maine

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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Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer In Platinum and Rose Gold / Ulysse Nardin

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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Currey Lane Residence / Warren Callister

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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Dodekal One D110 / MCT

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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Bobertz House / Craig Ellwood

The first time on the market since 1967, the Craig Ellwood-designed Bobertz House in San Diego, California, is well worth the wait. That’s obviously down to the architecture itself, but also because of a wonderful restoration that has returned this house back to its original state.

The house dates back to 1953, designed by Ellwood for Gerry and Charles Bobertz, but has suffered since. It was acquired by Keith York in 2000, who then undertook the extensive and painstaking renovation work, which involved pulling down a later addition and reintroducing some original design using both plans of the house and consulting those familiar with Ellwood’s work.

If you want to make this your next home, the asking price is $800,000 — via Wow Haus

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Rafale / Storik

Laurent Amann of Storik built this extraordinary vintage Triumph called Rafale.

Rafale means ‘gust of wind’ in French, and this Meriden-era triple is all about lightness and speed. It’s also a showcase for Amann’s amazing coach working skills, with raw metal bodywork and an impeccable stance.

Although he now practises out of a workshop in the south of England, Amann was trained in France. He has a background in automotive engineering and design, and is enthused by all things handmade. He started the company four years ago, and focuses on fabricating and restoring classic cars and bikes — via Bike EXIF

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Baker House / Robin Boyd

The Robin Boyd-designed Baker House in Long Forest, Victoria, was constructed just over 50 years ago, offers total privacy thanks to its 30-acre plot. Looking at the last of the agent’s photos, it looks like that land is pretty dense with foliage too. So not much chance of any passing visitors or cold callers. But what you do get is a house designed on mathematical and geometric principles and one that’s still faithful to the mid century era — via Wow Haus

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eCub / Shanghai Customs

Shanghai Customs shop boss Matthew Waddick reckons it’s this new eCub that will soon become his biggest ever seller. If you’re attracted to minimalism and timeless design, you probably appreciate the elegant simplicity of the Cub frame. Its size lends itself well to an electric scooter conversion — via Bike EXIF

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883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special / Allen Millyard

British MoD engineer Allen Millyard, has a brilliant habit of building the wildest motorcycle specials on the planet. Amazingly enough, Millyard builds these OEM-looking monsters in a small garage workshop with little more than hand tools. The lucky owner of this 883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special is Pip Davidson — a die hard 2-stroke fan. The joining of the engine cases is just seamless, making this one of the great double-take bikes, which you could mistake for OEM before your brain registers the width of the engine. Of course, the performance is anything but stock — the 883cc 5-cylinder, 2-stroke Kawasaki Triple produces 109 rear wheel horsepower — via BikeBound

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W800 Custom / 2LOUD Custom

Max Ma Yicheng runs 2LOUD Custom out of Taipei, Taiwan and has a talent for metal shaping and finding a great line. His skills are on full display on this pretty-in-pink custom, built in the classic Japanese style and based on a 2016 model Kawasaki W800. It starts with the hand-made fuel tank, designed with a slimming effect, and a front neck tunnel that’s reminiscent of classic enduros — via Bike EXIF