Art

Geometric Pattern: Flower Weave / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Northstar Residence / Charles Haertling

This house in Boulder, Colorado is the work of noted modernist architect Charles Haertling. The agent describes it as being in original condition, which means those amazing fireplaces are very much intact and the focal point of the build. It needs work and a couple of modern-day updates might need correcting. But overall, this is a blank canvas with most of the architect’s creativity intact. The house is up for $1,395,000 — via WowHaus

Design

Massaro House / Frank Lloyd Wright

heart-shaped private island 80km north of New York City is back on the market, this time for $12.9M. Called Petra Island (also called Petre Island), the property boasts two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but the 10-acre listing has been mired in controversy.

In 1949, the engineer Ahmed Chahroudi purchased the island and commissioned Wright to design a residence. Wright originally designed a sprawling 465 square metre structure for the island, but when the owner realised he couldn’t afford the project, Wright was forced to build a smaller 110 square metre cottage instead.

Many years later, Petra’s new owner, John Massaro, decided to bring Wright’s original plans to life based on a handful of drawings, floor plans, and other documents that came with the property. He enlisted an architect and Wright scholar to complete the massive home around 2007, but the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has refused to recognise it as an authentic Wright design — via Curbed

Design

Groot / Diamond Atelier

The sleek creations of Diamond Atelier’s Munich workshop look better than most factory-built show bikes — and they’re perfectly usable too. But Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder don’t just design one-offs. Their Mark II BMW café racers are in limited production, offering a faster and more affordable way to obtain that Diamond Atelier magic. And they’ve now just launched another family of limited production BMWs, a series of stylish scramblers based on the R65 — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Button Weave: Dark / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design, History

Chrysler Building / William Van Alen

New York City’s famed Chrysler Building is up for sale for the first time in over 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the art deco office tower’s current owners officially placed it on the market, though the building’s value has yet to be released. Designed by William Van Alen, the building was bought by Tishman Speyer in 1997. As an iconic part of the New York skyline, the building is admired for its distinctive ornamentation based on Chrysler automobiles — via ArchDaily

Design

Submersible Carbotech / Panerai

The models are classic Submersibles in profile, but they’re rendered in Carbotech, a proprietary material based on carbon fibre that Panerai has been using since 2015. There are two models, one 47mm version and one 42mm version, and while the two have different dimensions and different movements inside (the larger model features an in-house calibre while the smaller features a ValFleurier-based movement), the two share the same sleek looks. The matte black Carbotech case is complemented by bright blue accents found in the dial markers, dial printing, and bezel markers, and a blacked-out titanium caseback completes the package. Despite looking all blue in daylight, when seen in the dark the bezel pearl and minute hand actually glow green to make timing dives even easier. Price: $17,400 (42mm), $17,900 (47mm) — via HODINKEE

Art

Geometric Pattern: Button Weave: Light / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Long Gable Residence / William Krisel

The home was designed by William Krisel of Palmer & Krisel, a prolific architect known for bringing high design to the masses in architecturally appealing mid century homes. This 1957 version boasts many of the trademark features of a Palmer & Krisel house, including high clerestory windows, post-and-beam construction, stone fireplaces, and angular roof lines. If this looks like your post-and-beam dream, 1042 East Apache Road is on the market now for $1,245,000 — via Curbed

Design

Mahallat Residential Building No3 / CAAT Studio

A local stone seller tapped CAAT Studios to design a house that made use of the area’s abundant travertine supply. Instead of building a flat facade, CAAT decided to treat the travertine like bricks, creating a stepped pattern that gives the exterior a wavering, geometric appearance. The house has a simple box layout, but CAAT was able to add some playfulness to the design with the exterior pattern. Four windows are framed by a curving wall of bricks that appear to almost peel away from the the glass. That same curve can be seen on the interior wall of the home, too — via Curbed

Design

Maze + Dream / Studio 10

Studio 10 designed two rooms — Maze and Dream — for The Other Place hotel, and they’re a fantastical reimagining of MC Escher’s trippy work. Maze is a 60 square metre suite painted forest green and white. The space is designed around a series of angular floating staircases that when viewed from straight-on look like 2-D drawings. Dream is designed in a similar style, only with a soft pink and white palette. Both guest houses feature a Monument Valley-esque series of doors and shuttered windows that look like they might open onto an endless maze of rooms. In truth, both suites have only two bedrooms, but that probably won’t stop guests from getting lost — via Curbed

History

Evolution of the Alphabet / UsefulCharts

From Matt Baker of UsefulCharts, this chart traces the evolution of our familiar alphabet from its Proto-Sinaitic roots circa 1850-1550 BC. It’s tough to see how the pictographic forms of the original script evolved into our letters; aside from the T and maybe M & O, there’s little resemblance — via Jason Kottke

Art

Geometric Pattern: Chevron: Black/Colour / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Shoreham House Renovation / Tim Spicer Architects

Tim Spicer Architects have completed the renovation and extension of a house, originally designed by architect Hugh Tuffley, that’s located in Shoreham, a seaside town south of Melbourne, Victoria. Additional windows and skylights were introduced into the existing building, which provide views of the new courtyard garden, designed in collaboration with Fiona Brockhoff — via CONTEMPORIST

Technology

Why Is Duct Tape So Strong? / Insider

Duct tapes were first invented by a female factory worker during World War II. They were originally called duck tape because it was made out of a cotton duck fabric and it repelled water like a duck’s back — via Youtube

Design

Honda CB250 RS Scrambler / Mokka Cycles

This ice-cool little scrambler started life as a Honda CB250 RS, a plasticky but well-made runabout that was popular in the UK and Europe. You can still find them on the second hand market, and they’re a bargain at about US$1,500. That makes the air-cooled single perfect for a low-cost, big-value custom job — and Mokka Cycles have taken the bait. Mokka is the nom de plume of Árpi Bozi, a young programmer from Hungary — via Bike EXIF

Design

Russo Residence / Wilton Manors, Florida

Built in 1957 and recently renovated by the multimedia artist Michael Jude Russo, the fever dream of a house is now on the market for $1.2 million. Russo, who is known for his upcycled sculptures, treated the home as his gallery, filling walls with art and shelves with sculptures. But he also viewed it as a canvas, where he could transform mundane features into works of art — via Curbed

Design

Paulson Road Residence / John Vincent Anderson

Built in 1970, this eight-bedroom, seven-bath house in Illinois is a sprawling take on late-mid century design. Designed by architect John Vincent Anderson, the building — including a guest residence — measures 588 square metres, making it a far cry from the modest tenants of Usonian design. But many of the much-loved aspects of mid century style remain. 2109 Paulson Road is on the market now for $1,750,000 — via Curbed

Design

Casa Lago Rupanco / Hsu-Rudolphy Arquitectos

Hsu-Rudolphy Arquitectos had one major requirement when designing a lake house on Rupanco Lake in Chile: All of the rooms in the house needed to have a clear view of the water.

This presented a challenge. The plot of land wasn’t large enough to build a house parallel to the water, which led the architects to split the home into two volumes and bend them at angles so they both catch glimpses of the lake — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Chevron: White/Colour / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Craft

Armada Box / Seth Gould

A two year project by metalsmith Seth Gould, forged and filed from scratch, set to the percussive sounds of his workshop — via Vimeo