Design

York House / Alex Nerovnya

Russian architect Alex Nerovnya is known for his glossy renderings of gorgeous, if constructionally impractical, homes. His latest project, the York House, is no different. Situated in a moody wooded landscape, the home looks like it could have been stamped out of a cookie cutter. Its asymmetrical gabled form appears split in half—the two sections of the home with slanted roofs sit on different levels, separated by a rectangular volume clad in smoked glass. Like most of his realistic renderings, the York House is just striking enough to make you look twice and wish it were real — via Curbed

Design

Shooting Star / Blaze Makoid Architecture

Blaze Makoid Architecture has recently completed a modern house in Teton Village, Wyoming, for an active family of five who love the outdoors.

The house has a cedar shingle, gabled roof with eaves that extend to protect the reclaimed barn wood siding from the elements. A ribbon of rustic local fieldstone runs the perimeter of the project’s base and also clads the chimneys and feature walls — via Contemporist

Craft

Life in Miniature / Ellen Evans

Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing. A proud Yorkshire woman, Kath reflects on her life and art as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures — via Vimeo

Design

Bookworm Cabin / POLE Architekci

The Bookworm Cabin is as cosy as its name suggests. Nestled into the woods 48km outside of Warsaw, Poland, the compact weekend home is custom-built for curling up with a book.

Entrepreneur Bart?omiej Kraciuk and interior designer Marta Puchalska-Kraciuk of Moszczy?ska Puchalska design studio worked with POLE Architekci to design the cabin for the sole purpose of relaxing and reading. Its timber walls are lined with bookshelves, while its large windows bring in loads of natural light — via Curbed

Design

Hasty Flaming Buffalo / Luuc Muis Creations

When Indian delivered a new Scout Bobber to young Dutch designer Luuc Muis, there was a catch: he had just 20 weeks to turn his ideas into metal. And to complicate matters, it would have to be an after-hours job. Because Luuc works full-time for the Harley parts specialist Motorcycle Storehouse and the helmet brand Roeg.

But Luuc delivered, turning his sketches into an incredible Scout Bobber called Hasty Flaming Buffalo, and built in the workshop of his friend Bert Jan of Outsiders Motorcycles — via Bike EXIF

Design

217 White Pine Canyon / Upwall Design Architects

The 1,143 square metre house in Park City, Utah looks worthy of a James Bond movie, with a curving, not-quite-circular shape designed by Salt Lake City-based Upwall Design Architects. The living spaces are housed in the main section, with soaring ceilings and a modern, expansive kitchen. Light wood floors contrast with a darker wood on the ceiling, and throughout the home there are huge windows looking out to forest views. 217 White Pine Canyon Road is on the market now for $14,000,000 — via Curbed

Design

Blade House / Takt Studio

This modern house on the southern coast of Australia is layered with concrete. The project, from Australian firm Takt Studio, puts the material to smart use with an interior outfitted in cool gray and an exterior wall made from massive blocks of recycled concrete that climb upward into a tiered landscaping wall.

The property has two structures—the main house, which sits on a slope and has a large veranda that looks toward the ocean; and a smaller guest house called the Jenga House for its stacked timber façade — via Curbed

Design

Paxson Residence / Buff & Hensman

This Buff & Hensman house in Eagle Rock, California, has never been on the market since it was constructed back in 1968. Omar Paxson, a playwright, director and professor in the Occidental College theatre arts department, commissioned it, had it built and loved it for a long, long time. It is now in need of a new owner and perhaps a bit of work too — via WowHaus

Craft, History

Antikythera Fragment 08 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #8 – Layout Line Visibility

Wine, wax, woad and yes, There Will Be Blood… all in an effort to discover the best ancient marking fluid. And Clickspring’ll let you decide how the blood supply issue might have been dealt with in the ancient shop – he’s guessing it might not have been much fun being the apprentice on the day the large dial was marked out — via Youtube

Design

Estancia del Rio / Curtis & Windham Architects

Designed by the Houston, Texas, architectural firm of Curtis & Windham Architects, the compound consists of three distinct buildings: a main living lodge; an owner’s casita with a large library, two bedrooms, and two baths; and a guest building with two bedrooms and two baths. The home sits on a bluff on 1,500 acres overlooking the Chama River, Abiquiu Lake, and Ghost Ranch — landscapes frequently captured by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Instead of building a multi-story mansion in this desert environment, the architects sought to integrate the home into the surrounding plateaus. Estancia del Rio is on the market for $12,000,000 — via Curbed

History, Wildlife

Meet the cat that guards the Hagia Sophia

Gli is a cross-eyed adorable cat that has been living in Hagia Sophia for the past 15 years. The Hagia Sophia is more than 2,000 years old and is one of the most extraordinary structures ever built. It has been a temple, church, mosque and museum through its long history.

See the Hagia Sophia through the eyes of Gli, the cat who guides — via Youtube