Design

Zicatela House / Ludwig Godefroy

What this concrete house lacks in cosiness, it makes up for in sculptural appeal. Designed by Mexico City-based architect Ludwig Godefroy, the Zicatela House, named for a nearby beach in the port town of Puerto Escondido, Mexico, is built like a fortress. And like a port dwelling in ancient times, the home’s design channels defensive architecture — via Curbed

Craft

Satisfaction: Mug / Nick Bennett

British director Nick Bennett’s latest film is a portrait of Wales-based studio potters James and Tilla Waters, at work in their Carmarthenshire studio — via Youtube

Art

Geometric Pattern: Hexagon Ray: White Outline / Red Wolf

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Design

Katalan / Fernweh Bespoke Motors

This Hero Karizma scrambler is Mohamed Adhil’s first build. It took over two years to complete, went through a couple of major revisions, and shattered the budget. And Adhil did most of the work in the backyard of his home in the coastal city of Calicut, in India’s Kerala province — via Bike EXIF

Design

First Presbyterian Church / Morris Stuckert

Designed in 1906 by A Morris Stuckert as the First Presbyterian Church and renamed the New Hope Baptist Church in 1947, the church has been transformed into several residences. Unit D is set over three levels and features 9 metre ceilings and the church’s original stained-glass windows in the living room. With over 447 square metres of living space, the three-bedroom, five-bath property has an open-concept floor plan. 2283 Ogden Street #D is on the market now for $1,995,000 — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Dark / Red Wolf

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Art

Geometric Pattern: Hexagon Ray: Black Outline / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Craft

RJ Models / Strange Parts

Strange Parts visits RJ Models, one of the top architectural model making factories in China. It’s a blend of high tech computerised tools like laser cutters, CNC mills and high end 3D printers alongside old fashioned meticulous hand model making by skilled craftsmen. And the scale is unbelievable, with 500 employees — via Youtube

Design

Huckleberry Hill Mid Century Modern Residence / Monterey, California

The mid century modern structure in Monterey, California was first constructed as a 46 square metre studio in 1950. Used as an artist’s retreat, the design featured a loft-style window that faced north to minimise shadows as the artist worked. Two years later a separate bedroom was added — mimicking the studio’s dramatic roof lines and geometric windows — and in 1990 the owners kept building with a separate 51 square metre guest house. Eventually both houses were connected by a spacious gallery to make a 146 square metre, two bedroom home. Located on Huckleberry Hill, 2300 Prescott Avenue is on the market now for $865,000 — via Curbed

Design

Casbah Cove / Gordon Stein Design

Traditional riads are usually multi-story structures centred around an interior garden or Andalusian-style courtyard with fountain. Casbah Cove in Palm Desert, California was designed by Gordon Stein Design. The home took four years to build and sought to blend Moroccan traditions with contemporary amenities. Like a riad, a verdant courtyard in the middle of the house features lush palms and a fountain, although the Americanised version also boasts a retractable glass ceiling. It’s on the market now for $16,100,000 — via Curbed

Design

DAY41 / CODE41

The DAY41 watches feature a chambered-structure round case with distinctively shaped lugs along with an openworked dial that becomes an extension of the self-winding mechanical movement inside. Thanks to the thousands of women whose input was solicited for the project, CODE41 discovered that this type of mechanically driven timepiece would have a wide female appeal, despite the majority of ladies’ watches being powered by quartz calibres — via WatchTime

Science, Wildlife

Cuttlefish go light on lunch when there’s shrimp for dinner

A team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has found that when cuttlefish know they’re getting shrimp for dinner, they’ll only have a light lunch of crabs. This ability to anticipate their favourite food is an indication of the cephalopod’s complex brain and cognitive abilities — via New Atlas

Design, History

Villa Majorelle / Henri Sauvage

After months of interior renovations, Villa Majorelle, the famed Art Nouveau residence in Nancy, France, will soon reopen to the public. Architect Henri Sauvage designed the gorgeously ornate house at the turn of the 20th century for furniture maker Louis Majorelle, who wanted to use the home, in part, as a display for his work. Like a proto home showroom, Majorelle filled the house with his furniture, as well as pieces from his artist friends — via Curbed

Design

Stealth Crow / Custom Works Zon

This custom from Custom Works Zon looks like it’s ridden straight out of a Batman movie. It takes the K1600 B’s unique personality, and meshes it with radical new looks and ergonomics. They call this latest BMW Stealth Crow, and describe it as a bolt-on custom that is easy and cool — via Bike EXIF

Design

Smith House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

The Smith House is really a cluster of three pavilions that together resembles a tiny village. The architects, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, wanted to build the family vacation home in the style of classic Nova Scotian architecture—simple form, gabled roof—but add some modernity with the materials. The result shows how well that contrast can work — via Curbed

Science
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Rust offers a cheap way to filter arsenic-poisoned water

When water flows deep underground, it often dissolves inorganic substances from mineral deposits in the earth’s crust. In many regions, these deposits contain arsenic, a naturally occurring element that is colourless, tasteless and odourless. Although its presence is barely noticeable, prolonged exposure to arsenic-contaminated water can lead to gangrene, disease and many types of cancer, resulting in major loss of income for millions of people and even death.

Inspired by natural processes in soil that bind contaminants and filter them out, Case van Genuchten, a researcher in the Geochemistry Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, has been using iron oxides such as rust, which are abundant in soil, to filter out arsenic from groundwater. He leads experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory that investigate low-cost methods of treating groundwater using only small amounts of electricity and steel or iron. The team’s most recent paper, which compares the arsenic-removing performance of different forms of rust has been published in Water Research — via Phys.org

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Light / Red Wolf

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Design

Primo / Ambosstoys

You are looking at the Primo Vespa-style scooters for kids by Ambosstoys. This one, which has no official connection to Vespa or Piaggio, is described as being based on a vintage Italian model. But you only need to look at it to see its inspiration. A 1960s Vespa scooter. This is a quality affair too, not least in terms of construction. Produced from sheets of solid metal, it is welded by hand from a minimum of pieces, with some aluminium trim adding in some stability and a vintage look. There’s a faux leather seat too and wheels that wouldn’t look out of place on a full-sized vintage model. You are looking at $199 for one of these — via Retro to Go

Craft

Ferragamo Loafer Restoration / Trenton & Heath

In this video, Trenton & Heath give this pair of Ferragamo loafers a makeover. A friend of their asked them to do a complete refurbishment on his shoes, so that’s what they did. With new German leather soles, some Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream added to the uppers, this pair ended up looking… new — via Youtube

World
Getty Images: Mike Hoare, seen here with his bodyguard in 1964, was internationally renowned until his career ended in an embarrassing anti-climax

Obituary: Mike Hoare

Michael Mad Mike Hoare, widely considered the world’s best known mercenary, has died aged 100.

Born in India to Irish parents, he led campaigns in the Congo in the 1960s that earned him fame at the time, and a controversial legacy years later.

His career reached an embarrassing end in 1981, when he was jailed for leading a failed coup in the Seychelles.

Mr Hoare’s son, Chris Hoare, said in a statement that his father died in a care facility in Durban, South Africa.

Mike Hoare lived by the philosophy that you get more out of life by living dangerously, so it is all the more remarkable that he lived more than 100 years, he said — via BBC News

Design

School of Architecture at Taliesin is Closing After 88 Years

The School of Architecture at Taliesin has announced the closing of the school after 88 years. The news follows the conclusion of a multi-year struggle back in 2017, when the school was approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning. The decision was made by the Governing Board, as the school was not able to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep the school open — via ArchDaily

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Flora / Red Wolf

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Design, History

Beach House / Escondido, California

This historic stunner, dubbed the Beach House, is a marvellous juxtaposition of vibes. Located in Escondido, California, about 30 minutes north-east of down town San Diego, and perched atop a perfect grassy knoll, the elaborate Victorian looks like a real life dollhouse set down in a laid back tropical paradise. Built in 1896 and listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence truly lives out its period charm. The house has been painstakingly restored to its original glory — via Curbed