What you’re looking at is a 1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 with a storied past. It’s one of several vehicles that Ludovic Lazareth customised ten years ago for the Vin Diesel sci-fi film Babylon AD. For the last year, Lazareth has been putting his spare time to good use: He’s reimagined the retired movie star as a futuristic café racer — via Euro Fighter: Lazareth’s crazy, futuristic Yamaha YZF-R1 | Bike EXIF
In the early 1970s, employees of Travers/Johnston Architects in Portland brainstormed the design of a communal retreat on a spit of land that divides Siletz Bay from the Pacific Ocean. To satisfy sleeping quarters for several families at a time, architect Ron Travers drew an octagon for the main lodge area. Nearby are three detached cabins that are shaped like hexagons and form a circle. Inside the circle is a central courtyard with a sunken fire pit, all protected from coastal winds by glass partitions wedged between the cabins. Needless to say, when it was completed, the compound known as the Salishan Spit Retreat got attention. Located at 399 Salishan Drive, it’s listed for $799,000 — via Curbed
Here’s a flexible crib from UK-based children’s furnishings retailer Nubie that grows, so to speak, with your baby. Designed by Danish company Leander, the Linea Cot begins as a traditional crib for an infant. Once the child outgrows the bed, it can be transformed into a toddler bed by removing one of the long sides. Then, when the toddler becomes a full-fledged kid, she can still use the bed — as a couch — via Curbed
Kiwi Matthew Waddick and his crew at Shanghai Customs have built this prototype electric street tracker. At a glance, it looks like the perfect urban runabout. But what’s really striking is that it cuts a similar silhouette to, say, a Yamaha SR. A completely intentional move on Matthew’s part — via Bike EXIF
This 1920-built centre hall colonial beauty in Baltimore has serious curb appeal. Its façade boasts lovely architectural details and window dressings that beckon immediately from the street, creating an enticing set up for what lies beyond the glass-paned door. Once inside, you are not disappointed. A bright and deep foyer greets you, with French doors enclosing a formal dining hall that features ornate moulding and built-in cupboard on one side of the house, and a sitting room with fireplace on the other. From here you will find a sun room and a connection to the spacious kitchen, which could really shine with an update. There’s an even an exercise room on this floor. It will set you back $665,000 — via Curbed
Stefano’s bikes always remain true to their original purpose — but they do it a little bit better, and with a lot more style. This thoughtfully upgraded Kawasaki KZ 1000 LTD runs true to the Venier Customs form, replacing the fripperies of a typical early-80s cruiser with a sleek and timeless silhouette. The KZ1000 is called Giappone (
Japan) and was commissioned by San Francisco-based angel investor and entrepreneur Brett Seyler, a man with a passion for the analogue pleasures of riding — via Bike EXIF
Most builders like to treat a bike as a blank canvas when it arrives in the shop. But when a Confederate arrives — well, that’s like trying to paint over a Rothko artwork. The X132 Hellcat has a brutal style you can see from a mile off.
But this Hellcat turned up at Revival’s Texas workshop with crash damage, due to a brake failure. And rather than just get the bike repaired, the owner wanted a change. He asked Revival for a transformation — via Bike EXIF
Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ annual toast to mid century modern architecture and design, is in full swing, and this time around, the desert city so filled with mid century gems already has got a fresh pair of houses for visitors to tour. One of the them is designed by none other than Al Beadle, the Phoenix architect who brought his trademark steel-and-glass style to desert modernism.
Beadle House, realised by local architect Lance O’Donnell in collaboration with the Beadle Archives and Beadle collaborators, was created based on never-before-built plans of a ‘70s Beadle design originally intended for Paradise Valley, Arizona. Located at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, the structure comprises a compact base with a second level that cantilevers 4m out in every direction. Expansive glass walls, of course, frame stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape — via Curbed
This charming, light-filled four-bedroom in Beaverton, Oregon was built by Robert Rummer, a renowned developer who erected some 750 homes in the Portland metro area between 1959 and 1970, according to The Oregonian.
Built in 1964, the four-bedroom-two-bath post-and-beam measures 190 square metres, and boasts a large, central atrium with glazed walls, a feature often found in Rummer’s homes. The bright and airy space sets the tone for the rest of the house, which is equally open and cheery.
A great room with a soaring tongue-and-groove panelled ceiling, portions of floor-to-ceiling windows, and brick fireplace flows into a dining room and updated eat-in kitchen, all with views set toward the backyard. Each spacious room has plenty of natural light flooding into it, and the bathrooms have all been updated.
The property, located at 7155 SW 105th Avenue, comes with a new membrane roof and high efficiency furnace and air conditioning unit as well as fresh landscaping. With a few more upgrades, this classic house could really be something. Get it for $569,900 — via Curbed
Built back in 1956, this John Porter Clark-designed property in Palm Springs, California has been home to the likes of William Holden, Stephanie Powers, Audrey Hepburn and Tippi Hedren in the past. That is some pedigree and a definite conversation starter.
Yes, it looks fairly contemporary inside. But that’s really all about the deco and finish. According to the agent, the house has been
returned to its original footprint and with the post and beam construction plus tongue and groove ceilings maintained.
The story starts in Turkey on the computer of designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. Nearly two years ago, Mehmet posted his BMW Alpha concept online: An arresting, shark-nosed land speed racer.
Word was spreading of Mehmet’s amazing designs, and bike builder Mark
Makr Atkinson became a fan.
I’d seen a couple of his designs online, Mark tells us.
Then my father posted a picture of the Alpha concept on my Facebook page. It was good timing: Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats had been canceled again, and I needed a winter project — via Bike EXIF
Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.
Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.
It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-founded architectural practice best known for its iconic designs for Apple stores in New York City, France, and Japan, has completed four new dwellings at High Meadow, the Fallingwater Institute’s home base for its summer residency program.
The architecture, artist, and design residency to study the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece quickly outgrew the its original structure, a 1960s cabin with four bedrooms located on a historic farm adjacent to Fallingwater. The resulting plan, designed by the firm’s Pittsburgh studio, doubled the property’s capacity by way of simple wooden cabin-like “portals” that frame views of the surrounding landscape — via Curbed
A lighter take on high horology, the Romain Jerome
generational icons series of watches have drawn largely from the video game realm, with dials paying homage to classic hits such as Tetris, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Super Mario, and now cult classic Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong, conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, is the series of video games featuring the adventures of a gorilla character called Donkey Kong and a man known as
Jumpman who traversed obstacles and ladders to rescue his girlfriend. Die hard fans of course already know that Jumpman went on to be known as Mario, brother of Luigi, and star of Miyamoto’s all time greatest hit, Super Mario Bros. Another hallmark of the Donkey Kong series are barrels, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture, and lodging. All these character are elements feature prominently on the dial of this watch. At $16,500, the retail price on this watch feels hard to justify unless you’ve really got the play money — via Perpétuelle
As with most motorcycles built down to a budget, looks and performance aren’t the Harley Davidson Street’s strong suit. But this almost road-legal flat tracker from See See Motorcycles is one of the best-looking Harleys we’ve ever seen. Period.
The man to thank is for this transformation is See See’s Thor Drake, a hugely accomplished bike builder and racer, and he likes the XG750 — as it’s known to Harley’s bean counters — via Bike EXIF
Located just outside Madrid in Las Rozas, Spain, this 70-square-metre, two-story structure, called the Hidden Pavilion, is the work of Spanish firm Penelas Architects. The pavilion—which sits on a thickly wooded site—also has some serious architectural heft, with an angular, weathered-steel frame, glass façades, and cherrywood interiors — via Curbed
This 1966 home might as well be a time capsule, even if stands empty. Designed by California modernist architect Stan Sackley for his parents, the 1,959-square-foot three bedroom post-and-beam stayed in the family for over 40 years, according to the listing, and appears to be on the market for the first time ever. Located at 1300 South Sagebrush Road, the residence is yours for $800,000 — via Curbed
Marking ten years since the launch of the Innovision 1 — which boasted ten horological innovations — the Innovision 2, a halo/concept timepiece, was unveiled at SIHH 2017, with ten new innovations — via Professional Watches
We’ve seen a fair number of charming green roofs, but few are as committed to the idea as this sprawling new school in Revin, France. Completed by Bordeaux-based firm Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture, the project began with the demolition of the original ‘60s-built and badly-damaged Jean Moulin High School, which had been embedded into the landscape of rolling hills — via Curbed
This truly odd home is located in Prague, Czech Republic and was designed by the firm Šépka architekti. It was built on a steep slope among trees and is called House in the Orchard. It’s raised off the ground, supported by a concrete stilt, while the living quarters are shaped a lot like a pear. The unique shape and design were chosen to cut down on building costs. The home also quite possibly has the smallest footprint we’ve seen for a good while — via Jetson Green
This Huf Haus in West Linton, near Edinburgh, Scotland is factory-built modernism. Built in Germany to your own personal requirements, the house is then transported to your location, before being constructed by the Huf Haus team to its exacting standards. At first glance, they all look the same. But each one has been
tweaked to the original customer’s own needs, so houses are rarely copies of each other. If you want this as your next home, the asking price is offers over £675,000 — via WowHaus
From the exterior, this marvellous building in Dallas, Texas looks more like a museum or some other sort of institution than a house, a testament to its ability to combine a modernist and Brutalist aesthetic with practical living.
Built in 1950, according to the listing information, the 5,280-square-foot midcentury monolith combines curving volumes clad in brick and punctuated with towering windows offering impressive high-ceilinged spaces that feel almost gothic. You want a house to move you, and this one truly does. It is listed for $2,295,000 — via Curbed
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
recreating missing elements and
rehabilitating original details.
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
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 utopia, located at 28197 Angel Mountain Road in Santa Ysabel, you’ll need $16,000,000 — via Curbed
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
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
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
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