Art

Geometric Pattern: Layered Hexagon / Red Wolf

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Design

Kiah House / Austin Maynard Architects

Austin Maynard Architects has completed yet another gorgeous modern home, this time by extending a weatherboard Victorian cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. Called Kiah House, the renovation seeks to reinvent the traditional idea of the home office by creating a space that is conducive to productivity and yet still functions as a sanctuary.

The original 1927 residence, which also underwent a refresh, anchors the property: The Victoria-based practice added a master bedroom haven adjacent to it and perched a separate office above — via Curbed

Design

Northern Hotel / AGR Mackenzie

Located just outside the Aberdeen city centre, the art deco Northern Hotel dates back to 1938, the work of AGR Mackenzie of A Marshall Mackenzie & Son. It replaced an earlier hotel that was destroyed by fire.

It’s successor was quite a hip location back in the day and although updated around 2008, it still offers some of the art deco detailing that made it a hit back in the day. That’s perhaps why this hotel has a Grade A Listed Building status from Historic Scotland. Offers around the £1,500,000 mark are invited — via WowHaus

Design

BMW R51/2 Restomod / Kontrast Kreations

This bike started life as a barn find BMW R51/2 with parts from a variety of vintage BMW motorcycles. The tank was from a R50, the gearbox from a R51/3, the ignition case cover was broken, and fins were missing from both cylinders. The bike’s new owner wasn’t keen on returning it to stock, so Ramon Seiler of Kontrast Kreations had some freedom to reimagine the vintage Beemer — via Bike EXIF

Design

Hero Xtreme 150 / VR Customs

Starting with what’s essentially a pizza delivery bike, Marc and Alan at VR Customs decided that hard tail retro drag bike was the way to go. Even though this Hero Xtreme 150 won’t quite do an 11-second quarter mile, it’s by far the coolest delivery bike we’ve ever laid eyes on — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Weave / Red Wolf

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Design

Majestic Restoration / Heroes Motors

The best of the vintage oddities has got to be the Majestic of the early 1930s. There are very few of these French machines still in circulation today, and this one, recently restored by Serge Bueno of LA-based Heroes Motors, has got to be the pick of the crop.

The Majestic was designed by Georges Roy, an engineer who disliked tubular frames because he felt they flexed too much. So he created a monocoque chassis using sheet steel, which also encased the drive train.

Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show, the Majestic caused a storm. The Delachanal factory put it into production the next year, but sales were slow—and the story was over by 1933. As with today, it looks like pre-War motorcyclists were resistant to anything outside of contemporary norms — via Bike EXIF

Health

microMend / KitoTech Medical

Sutures and staples are the usual options for closing wounds postoperatively, but they can be painful and require surgical skills. The microMend Skin Closure Device, produced by Seattle-based KitoTech Medical, provides a potentially better alternative.

The design of the microMend is conceptually similar to a bandage, like Steri-Strip. The device is made of a thin adhesive backing with two arrays of tiny microstaples on either side. It is placed across a wound, one side at a time, so that the microstaples can insert into the skin and align the two edges of a wound. The device is flexible enough to allow conformity to a patient’s movements, and it has a holding strength similar to that of sutures. The microstaples are supposedly painless, and the device can last for as long as it takes for the wound to heal — via Medgadget

Design

Palmer House / Dan Duckham

An intriguing modern house has come on the market in Lutz, Florida, and it’s sure to grab your attention. Designed by Dan Duckham and completed in 1971, the Palmer House features circular forms and an “organic” design that flows from room to room, an aesthetic the architect is known for. The mostly furnished, move-in ready home is located at 1420 Julie Lagoon on the west side of Florida and is offered at $350,000 — via Curbed

Politics

Same-sex marriage bill passes House of Representatives after hundreds of hours of debate

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia, with Parliament agreeing to change the Marriage Act and end the ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying.

Four members of the House of Representatives voted against the bill and some abstained, but an overwhelming majority voted for the bill.

Liberal senator Dean Smith’s bill will now become law after a day of cheers, tears and applause in the Lower House.

People queued for access to the public gallery to witness the law being changed and by the time of the final vote, they were packed into every spot — via ABC News

Design

Ducati Flat White / Max Betteridge

For 25-year-old New Zealander Max Betteridge, basalt fibre was a material he wanted to use even before he had a bike to try it out on. In many ways, basalt is the new carbon, he tells us. It has similar performance to carbon but at a lower price. What captured me was the subtle gold hue in its reflection — in contrast to carbon’s harsh weave, basalt appears almost black until the light hits it at just the right angle. Then it reveals a surreal depth — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Octagon Knot / Red Wolf

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