Design

Tachevah Residence / Howard Lapham

Built in 1966 by modern architect Howard Lapham, the sprawling nine-bedroom, 11-bath home and its two-bedroom guest house is a fun and funky take on mid century living, located on a three-quarter-acre lot in the posh Movie Colony neighbourhood. Lapham’s trademark high ceilings, walls of glass, and spacious rooms all make an appearance, and the home’s cantilevered roofs and poured terrazzo floors will appeal to mid century purists. But it’s the over-the-top interior design and Arthur Elrod designed furnishings that catches your eye; some rooms feature bright yellows, pinks, and eggshell blues, while others are decorated with everything from patterned red-and-white wallpaper or gilded tile work — via Curbed

Design

Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown / Frederique Constant

The regatta timer may be one of the most specific, if not the most specific, of all complications. A regatta timer is used to count down the amount of time remaining before the competing yachts are allowed to cross the start line during a yacht race; the start line is defined by an imaginary line drawn between two buoys. Sailboats cannot, unlike race cars, simply wait at a starting line, as they are constantly in motion thanks to the wind. Instead, racing yachts manoeuvre behind the start line, seeking to correctly anticipate the moment that the starting signal is given (traditionally a gun or cannon shot) at which point they can legally cross the line without incurring a penalty for starting too early. There will be three versions of the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown launched in the US market, which will be a gold PVD model with a blue dial, a steel model with grey dial, and a two-tone model on a two-tone bracelet, with a guilloché pattern — via Hodinkee

Craft, History

Antikythera Mechanism 08 / Clickspring

Antikythera Mechanism Episode 8 – Making The Mean Lunar Sidereal Train

In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that calculates the mean sidereal period of the #dearMoon, and has a closer look at some of the mechanical limitations of the device — via Youtube

Design

Granada Hills Residence / Joseph Eichler

Known for thousands of glass-filled, boxy homes from the 1950s and 60s, Joseph Eichler was the developer of this four-bedroom, two-bath home in Granada Hills, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Constructed in 1964, the slant-roof home is open and airy, with Eichler’s signature floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of light. Original features abound, including 1960s globe light fixtures, the original Saturn front-door hardware, and the home’s original white Helvetica address numbers on black squares — via Curbed

Design

Honda S90 Electric / Aaron Laniosz

The Deus contest is now a global event, and attracts a weird and wonderful selection of amateur builds. This year’s overall winner was a humble Honda S90 converted to electric power. It beat out over 200 other entries and was built for the princely sum of just $929. The man behind the moped is Aaron Laniosz, a designer who moved to California after finishing a Master of Architecture degree in Illinois — via Bike EXIF

Design

Pavilion House / William Rupp

Nowhere does Sarasota’s architecture shine more than in Lido Shores, a sandbar neighbourhood full of modernistic homes dating to the 1950s. Take this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home located just a few blocks from the water. Designed by renowned architect William Rupp and called the Pavilion House, the home showcases the Sarasota School’s affinity for open floor plans, indoor-outdoor living, and large planes of glass — via Curbed

Design

Casa del Lago / Taller de Arquitectura Contextual

This house knows how to make the most of a pop of colour. Tucked away on a verdant plot of land in Merida, Mexico, Casa del Lago is all neutral tones and concrete, save for a handful of sun yellow doors. Taller de Arquitectura Contextual (TACO) designed the house as part of a development where all the homes share a pond in the back. The home stretches into a wedge shape and is surrounded by lush greenery that softens the concrete and gives the space a warm, tropical atmosphere — via Curbed

Craft, History

Antikythera Fragment 07 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #7 – Precision Soft Soldering

Continuing on with the investigation of what it was like inside the ancient workshop, here’s a closer look at another of the demonstrated techniques: The precise joining of metal using soft solder — via Youtube

Design

Circle Close Residence / William Kaeser

Built in 1952, the home was designed by noted Wisconsin architect and Frank Lloyd Wright contemporary William Kaeser. Despite choosing Cranbrook Academy of Art over Taliesin in his youth, Kaeser’s prolific career was clearly influenced by Wright’s organic principles. Long horizontal lines mark the exterior, and the home features overhanging roofs, multiple walkout patios, and an affinity for Usonian principles.

The home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in the coveted Shorewood Hills neighbourhood on a wooded, oversized lot. If this looks like your Wisconsin dream, 3408 Circle Close is on the market now for $1,050,000 — via Curbed

Design

Max & Arlyne Hurwitz House / Herb DeLevie

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Herb DeLevie, this mid century gem is full of quirky details. The Max & Arlyne Hurwitz House sits just outside of down town in Madison, Wisconsin, on a tree-lined plot of land.

DeLevie, a student of Wright’s at Taliesin, designed the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in 1966, and it’s filled with striking features like a giant stone fireplace and angled walls, all sorts of nooks, plus amenities like a sauna and wet bar. The house opens into an entryway framed by 15-foot double doors. Inside, the home has an open-plan layout with split levels connected by multiple staircases.

Located at 202 N Blackhawk Avenue, this gem is now on the market for $549,900 after a recent price drop — via Curbed

Technology

How we make pencils / Faber-Castell

Producing 2.3 billion pencils a year and being in the business for over 257 years, Faber-Castell has a sound know-how of how quality pencils are made. Have a look behind the scenes of their manufacturing — via Youtube

Design

Abandonen Toda Esperanza / Patricio Castelli

Patricio Castelli knows this hustle all too well. He’s based in Argentina, where he specialises in shaping aluminium for motorcycle and car projects. But his clients never commission truly radical stuff, so he occasionally builds something outrageous for his own delight. And if you’re wondering just how outrageous it gets, how about an aluminium-clad scoot that looks like it rolled out of a 1950s sci-fi epic? — via Bike EXIF