Design

Montreal-based firm MU Architecture sure knows how to make a modern woodsy retreat. For one of their latest projects, a lakeside home near the Montreal border, the firm combined contemporary materials like black timber and glass with local granite to create a sort of home-grown modern effect — via Curbed

Wildlife

Taronga Zoo is celebrating the breeding success of more than twenty Feathertail Gliders, one of the smallest mammals in the world.

Twelve different female adult Feathertail Glider’s fell pregnant at a similar time with the joeys, and the mothers now communally care for one another’s young — via ZooBorns

Design

T200 / Lowbrow Customs

World record setting racer Alp Sungurtekin has been a Lowbrow Customs sponsored racer since 2011, when he started competing in land speed racing. Since then, Alp has gone on to be the fastest person ever on a 650cc pushrod engine motorcycle, with a record holding speed of 175.625mph at El Mirage Dry Lake. Alp, along with his Crew Chief and right-hand woman, Jalika Gaskin, holds a dozen land speed records set at El Mirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. NBC captured Alp in the process of building his Lowbrow-sponsored race bike, the T200, an all aluminium bodied bike with a very unusual riding position, and a top-fuel burning 650cc, iron head, pre-unit Triumph engine from the 1950’s. Alp’s ultimate goal with this new bike is to break 200mph. In the initial first test runs he has already broken records and is at a top speed of 149mph. Not bad for a bike with half a dozen runs on it, and lots more to go — via Youtube

Design

The Cornelius Armour-designed Luma Tower is one of the best preserved are deco buildings in Glasgow and as a result has had category B listing status since 1988. Of course, this is no longer used for light bulb manufacturing (its original purpose), having been converted into apartments in the early 90s after a period of dereliction.

In fact, the housing association that took on the building pretty much stopped this one from being demolished, so credit is definitely due in that direction. It resulted in 43 apartments in the original building, with a further 12 in a ‘creative reproduction’ of the original building’s style to the rear. £139,999 is the asking price of this one — via WowHaus

Design, History

In 1939, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, erected a huge brick incinerator to dispose of the city’s trash. It was only in operation for a year before they passed an ordinance prohibiting trash burning within the city limits. So the building was abandoned, unused for decades. Nature took over, until the building was barely visible. In 1979, artist Ron Fleming discovered it.

Fleming and his wife went to work making the incinerator a home and a glorious piece of art. The building, now on the historical register, has plenty of light, open spaces, and modern amenities, while still retaining its historical quirkiness. After his wife died, Fleming decided to sell his masterpiece. The Incinerator House can be yours for $275,000 — via Neatorama

Technology

Automated Bowling Pin Setter Machine

In­ the early days of bowling, respotting the pins was a physically demanding job. There were actually people behind the lanes resetting the pins and sending back the balls.

Today there are amazing robotic devices that do all the pin setting. The automatic pinsetter, first patented by Gottfried Schmidt, was introduced by the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF) in 1946. This first pinsetter was a monster, weighing nearly 1.8 tons and standing 2.7m tall.

Modern pins­etters are but a fraction of a size of their predecessors and much more intelligent — via Youtube

Design

On the market for the first time is this beautifully preserved 1971 modern beach house in the coastal California city of Morro Bay. Designed by architect James Maul, this modern classic incorporates a wooden construction with soaring interiors characterised by floor-to-ceiling glazing and windows all around, plus a few surprising details. Located at 3009 Beachcomber Drive just steps from the beach, it’s offered at $2.35 million — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Key Bridge Interlock Negative / Red Wolf

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Design

Details on the new listing are vague, but what we know is that Bridge House dates from the 1970s, the work of the much-loved Frazer Crane and in the sought-after location of Wilmslow, Cheshire. The original details also pointed to this being sympathetically maintained, which indicates not a great deal has changed structurally. You will need around £1,350,000 before you can consider this as your next home — via WowHaus

Design

This modern abode in south east Brazil is all about the courtyard. Hidden from view behind a series of rectangular volumes clad in cement and stone, the lush interior garden is filled with palm trees, birds of paradise, and other tropical plants. Talk about bringing the outside in. Designed by David Guerra, an architect based in Belo Horizonte, the home was designed to have greenery-filled views from every room, whether looking into the courtyard or out toward to hilly landscape beyond the walls — via Curbed

Design

The Greubel Forsey Differentiel d’Egalite is an example of a certain tradition of horological experimentation: research into a means by which energy which doesn’t vary can be delivered to the escapement. The verge, which was the first known escapement, was very sensitive to power variations and was often paired with early constant force devices such as the fusee or the stackfreed. The more sophisticated but much more complex remontoire is another example and variations on this device are among the most interesting mechanisms in horology — via Hodinkee

Design

Historic, original, and spectacular, this 1956 home in Palm Springs is a mid century modern dream. Designed by architect Walter S White for psychoanalyst Dr Franz Alexander, the Alexander House, as it’s known, appears to emerge from the site’s boulders and the rocky mountains behind it. The result is a structure that seamlessly integrates into its natural surroundings, enhancing views of the Coachella Valley while creating numerous indoor-outdoor connections. Located at 1011 West Cielo Drive, the sympathetically updated property is offered at $2.795 million — via Curbed

Design

With daring designs, five- and six-figure price tags, and production measured in the hundreds of timepieces annually, Hautlence is a boutique brand which produces timepieces for the upper echelon of watch enthusiasts. The Vortex Gamma Tron features a white case with blue photo-luminescent edges that are incorporated in the material rather than on the surface that make for absolutely stunning lume shots, this watch is hard to ignore. Hautlence Vortex Gamma price is ~170.000 CHF — via  Perpetuelle

Design

It took Bobby Hack and the craftsmen of Dutchmann three years to complete the nut and bolt restoration of the 1968 Jawa, which now sports Dutchmann’s signature grey paintwork and tan leather detailing — via Bike EXIF

Design

A charming adobe home with artistic pedigree is on the market for the first time in the Historic Eastside district of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Measuring 200 square metre, the pueblo-style house features traditional elements like viga ceilings, plaster walls, slate floors, and kiva fireplaces, creating a romantic vision of the Southwest. Though its completion year is unknown, the artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge retired to Santa Fe with his wife in 1951, presumably to this house, which still bears traces of his presence, according to the listing, like the carved linoleum panels lining the walls of the breakfast nook. Located at 601 Camino Rancheros, it’s offered at $695,000 — via Curbed

Design

Working from a rusted out and long forgotten 1982 Le Mans MkII, James Hilton and Ray Petty from Death Machines Of London have created a sleek Guzzi. Everything that went into Airforce was meticulously and painstakingly crafted, and pays omaggio to Giovanni Ravelli, one of the WW1 fighter pilots who founded Moto Guzzi — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Key Bridge Interlock Positive / Red Wolf

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Design

Back in 2015, Barn Built Bikes’s 900SS caught the attention of a customer. Sven Decoux’s latest build is a direct descendant of that 900SS. Can you build me a similar bike, but with technical upgrades and a Tricolore colour-scheme? was the customers request and Sven gladly accepted — via Return of the Cafe Racers

Design

Husband and wife team Dominic & Marie Bagnato from Bagnato Architects, have transformed a 1892 timber church and turned it into a modern and spacious home in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

1930s Oliver Hill-designed Cherry Hill art deco property on the Wentworth Estate, Surrey is a grade II-listed property and one-time home of former US Ambassador John Hay Whitney and Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney. The most recent renovation work was undertaken by £30 million — via WowHaus

Design

A platinum watch with a black PVD coating is a true rarity in the watch world, which makes the Black Platinum more exclusive and luxurious than of all the UR-210 models that preceded it. The Urwerk UR-210 Black Platinum will be a limited edition of 25 pieces, priced at 155,000 Swiss francs — via WatchTime

Design

This 1960s Hal Levitt mid century property in Palm Springs, California is just on the market. Palm Springs is never a cheap place to buy so the price tag of $1,895,000 isn’t unexpected — via WowHaus

Design

Local boutique design studio Haus recently completed a comprehensive renovation of a mid century modern home in the Meridian Hills neighbourhood of Indianapolis. Originally built in 1956, the three-bedroom residence was designed by local architect Bill Wright and remained in original condition for decades, save for a few minor updates made in 1967 — via Curbed

Science

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature? / It’s Okay To Be Smart

Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure. But blue animals? They are few and far between. And the ones that do make blue? They make it in some very strange and special ways compared to other colors. In this video, we’ll look at some very cool butterflies to help us learn how living things make blue, and why this beautiful hue is so rare in nature — via Youtube

Design

The Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection is five limited editions commemorating Omega’s 86 years as official Olympic timekeeper. The five watches — each limited to 2,032 pieces, a reference to the year 2032, in which Omega will mark 100 years as Official Olympic Timekeeper — represent the five colours of the legendary rings of the Olympic Games; straps and dial highlights are available in black, yellow, green, blue and red. The watches all have 39.5mm steel cases, with the watch’s limited edition number engraved on the side, and come mounted on micro-perforated, wrist-aerating leather straps. They will retail for $5,400 — via WatchTime

Art

Geometric Pattern: Key Bridge Alternate / Red Wolf

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Design

If you hate people and love ponies, this private Scottish island could be your perfect personal retreat. Linga is an uninhabited, 64-acre island for sale off the Shetland coast for £250,000 ($351,700).

The isle is not a cosy sort of place—averaging temperatures of around 39 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. But it’s the region’s subarctic weather and tough terrain that helped produce the Shetland pony — via Curbed

Design

An elegantly reimagined Colonial-style residence is on the market in Hanover, New Hampshire. Originally built in 1923, it was completely renovated in 2002 by noted architect David Sellers, who redid the interiors in the style of Arts and Crafts, rendering each space in warm, wood accents. Located at 20 Rope Ferry Road, just steps from Dartmouth College, the magazine-featured property is offered at $3.6 million — via Curbed