Entertainment

That famous cello prelude, deconstructed / Alisa Weilerstein

Bach’s G major prelude has captivated cellists and music lovers for years. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein deconstructs it.

Bach’s six cello suites are considered a rite of passage for cellists. They’re masterpieces of classical music, and the prelude in G major — the first movement of the suites — is perhaps the best example of Bach’s power as a composer. In it, he’s able to achieve rich and complex harmonic movements with just a four-stringed instrument, while using the very basic tenets of music composition. Those basic tenets are what Alisa Weilerstein, a renowned cellist and McArthur fellow, helps us understand — via Youtube

Art

Architectural Miniatures Unfold from Old Furniture / Ted Lott

It starts with a chair or a table, an old night stand or vintage travelling trunk, but from there, these artefacts evolve in the hands of sculpture Ted Lott, who transforms them into complex works of miniature architecture. His goal, in part, is to illustrate the craftsmanship behind both furnishings and home construction. In many of his works, he peels back the typically unseen layers of domestic architecture, usually hidden behind layers of drywall and cladding — via Web Urbanist

Design

UR-100 GunMetal / Urwerk

The Urwerk UR-100 GunMetal has been released in a limited edition run of 25 watches that feature a sandblasted and warm grey GunMetal PVD case finish. The resulting appearance is completely matte, adding a utilitarian, tool-watch feel that contrasts with the overall avant-garde design in an appealing way by placing all attention on the unique timekeeping and astronomical displays. The new UR-100, with its striking grey appearance and innovative astronomical displays, is now available for $51,000 — via HODINKEE

Design

Handmade / J&D Custom Co

Based in Vadodara, a city in western India, Jay D Patel of J&D Custom Co eschews digital assistants and sticks to decades-old methods of craftmanship. He’s now honed his skills still further with this compact and elegant Bullet Electra, which was Royal Enfield’s best-selling model for many years — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Seasons

— by Red Wolf

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

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Akansha / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Poppy: Brookelyn Zammit / Red Wolf

Custom design for Brookelyn Zammit — by Red Wolf

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

Art

Geometric Pattern: Art Deco Star: Brookelyn Zammit / Red Wolf

Custom design for Brookelyn Zammit — by Red Wolf

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

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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

— by Red Wolf