Design

Owen House / Christopher HL Owen

This 131 square metre, three bedroom, two bath contemporary in Rhode Island is located on Block Island, a vacation retreat 22km east of Montauk Point, and it was designed in 1975 by architect Christopher HL Owen. It received an American Institute of Architects First Honour Award for Best Vacation House, in no small part thanks to the property’s sweeping island views. But the design is also intriguing—curving, elongated towers sit on either side of walls of windows that make the centre of the home look like a glassy jewellery box. 924 Off Coast Guard Road is on the market now for $1,650,000 — via Curbed

Science

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

A research astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Varoujan Gorjian specialises in the structure of the universe. Which means the guy not only knows about event horizons and gravitational lensing but stuff like tidal forces, x-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei. His knowledge of black holes is encyclopaedic. And best of all, he’s good at explaining the stuff — via Youtube

Design

Saltdean art deco house / Brighton, East Sussex

This 1930s art deco house in Brighton, East Sussex is back up for sale and with a lower asking price of £750,000. The selling points of this Saltdean house are various, but top of the list comes the architecture itself and its position. But note that the house isn’t entirely original. The agency describes this as a beautifully restored art deco house and one that has been extended and improved over the years and particularly by the current owners — via WowHaus

Design

No. 25 / Origin8or

A fresh look at the iconic 1970s Honda, from Rob Chappell of Origin8or in Ontario, Canada. Instead of leaning on clichés, Rob’s given the CB750 hits of 80s and 90s muscle bike style, with some contemporary performance upgrades in the mix too. Only fitting for a bike that’s widely know as the world’s first superbike. Rob originally founded Origin8or alone, but these days he’s helped by a South African transplant, Adrian Taljaard. And they pieced this 1974 CB750 together from almost thirty boxes of parts that arrived in the back of a van — via Bike EXIF

Design

Mumbai office interior / Sanjay Puri Architects

Sanjay Puri Architects were tasked with designing an office in Mumbai, India, and as a way to add interest to the interior, they included perforated accents in three different areas.

The first area is an open and expansive reception space that’s used for seminars and entertaining. The large wall, which would otherwise be empty, has been adorned with geometric perforations creating an overall circular pattern — via Contemporist

Technology

Golf Ball Manufacture (1966) / British Pathé

Golf balls are made and tested to precision. Various shots of the balls being hit with a mechanical club. Various shots of the balls being manufactured in the factory, they start as a blob of plastic which is the core, then elastic rubber is wound round them on a machine. Transpolyisoprene forms the outer casing which is dimpled 332 times. They are carefully examined and weighed. Various shots of a golf ball gun which fires at 120 miles per hour, they are also tested by being fired out of an automatic driver — via Youtube

Design

Oculus / Frank Fox

Significantly updated, but that hasn’t dampened the appeal of this 1960s Frank Fox circular house in Bellevue Hill, New South Wales. The house is known as Oculus and at its heart, the work of noted architect Frank Fox and still using the original footprint as the original — via WowHaus

Design

Hara House / Takeru Shoji Architects

The Hara House stretches along a street in Nagaoka, Japan, in the shape of a tent. Its steep, white, sloping roof rises into two pristine points and then travels all the way to the ground, turning the house into an exaggerated A-frame.

Takeru Shoji Architects designed the house for a family who wanted a supplemental dwelling to its main family house that feels modern, yet engages with its village surroundings. The tent shape allowed the architects to create ample outdoor space under one peak, where a large deck opens to the street and beckons neighbours to stop by — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Art Deco Star: Moderna / Red Wolf

Wildlife

Wolf Pup Hiccups / Wolf Conservation Center

Wolves can make a variety of vocalizations. They growl, whimper, whine, bark, huff, howl… Although the wolf’s howl is has been the inspiration for films, essays, poems, etc… we think there is another sound that evokes equal levels of emotion and excitement — a wolf pup’s hiccup. Eight-week-old grey wolf pup Nikai is the newest adorable addition to the Wolf Conservation Center‘s Ambassador Pack in South Salem, NY — via Youtube

Design

Smith House / Craig Ellwood

Craig Ellwood’s Smith House in Los Angeles, California, USA is now up as a holiday let. According to the new listing on Boutique Homes, this 1958 design has been restored under the stewardship of James Tyler who one of Craig Ellwood’s associates and creative collaborators. You need to book this one for a month at a time, which is quite a commitment both in terms of your holiday allowance and the money needed to pay for a month here. It works out at around $13,000 per month — via WowHaus

Design

Terra Mar / Mickey Muennig

This three-bedroom, three-bath, 249 square metre home called Terra Mar was built in 1998 by Mickey Muennig, the famed NorCal architect behind Big Sur staples like the Post Ranch Inn. Guests are welcomed to the property through a private garden area with outdoor fire pit before entering the free-flowing house. There are no right angles in the home, and swooping lines, curved walls, and exposed wood are found throughout — via Curbed

Design

The Godmother Of Drumming Plays Down With The Sickness

Have you ever found yourself making assumptions about someone before you’ve met them? What about before seeing them play drums? From assuming she plays quieter instruments to not being taken seriously before an audition, Dorothea Taylor has heard it all when it comes to judging a book by its cover. She’s here to prove that you can’t always accurately assess a drummer — or anybody — by how they look. Check out Dorothea’s cover of Down With The Sickness by Disturbed — via Youtube

Art

Geometric Pattern: Art Deco Star: Classic / Red Wolf

Design

1956 BSA A10 Rat Bike / Loose Screw

The Loose Screw is DIY-centric communal workshop based in the small town of Dachau, about 20km from Munich, it’s home to a collective of creative people who work on everything from bikes to furniture. It’s also a spot where you can rent space to wrench on your bike—either by yourself, or with assistance from the staff on hand.

Enrico Pauli started the Loose Screw two years ago, and balances his time between helping others and working on his own stuff. This ratty-but-charming 1956 BSA A10 is his daily rider, and the fact that it’s a little scrappy is completely intentional — via Bike EXIF

Design

Hoffman Castle / Barney and Chapman

Designed in 1904 by the well-known Manhattan firm Barney and Chapman for William Mitchell Vail Hoffman, the Hoffman castle features a stone tower that is visible for miles away. It’s a fitting landmark in Tuxedo Park, a gated community that began as a hunting and fishing refuge for Gilded Age high society. Located about one hour north west of New York City in Tuxedo Park, this seven-bedroom, seven-bath castle-inspired home is on the market for the first time in more than 35 years — via Curbed

Design

Chalfant Head Residence / Chalfant Head Associates

Ojai, California, is a bucolic valley town encircled by mountains with a focus on the arts, organic farming and wellness. It’s the kind of place to get away from it all, and this three-bedroom, two-bath house looks like the perfect home to which to retreat. Built in 1960 by the local firm Chalfant Head Associates as part of a family compound for the Chalfant Head family, the home’s entrance features a bright orange door and diminutive flat roof that hides the interesting architecture within. It’s on the market now for $2,882,000 — via Curbed

Design

1971 BSA A65 Thunderbolt restomod / Soiatti Moto Classiche

Based in Novara in northwest Italy, Soiatti Moto Classiche’s bread and butter is concours-level restorations on historic models. In between breathing new life into tired two-wheelers for clients, Daniele and Alberto Soiatti also accept the occasional commission for custom projects. And the latest is this absolutely stunning 1971 BSA A65 Thunderbolt restomod with a street tracker vibe — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Art Deco Star: Stoneware / Red Wolf

Design

3D Printed Community / New Story

The world’s first 3D printed community is currently underway in a remote area in Mexico. The printer has been created as a solution to minimise homelessness and provide safe and adequate shelter for individuals. New Story, a not for profit organisation, which was founded five years ago, aims to provide adequate shelter/housing for people exposed to extreme poverty and unsafe housing — via ArchDaily