TWA Hotel / Eero Saarinen

New York City’s John F Kennedy International Airport has a new addition that’s a blast from the past. The airport recently introduced its first on-airport hotel that pays homage to the former Trans World Airlines (TWA). Once one of the country’s largest airlines, it began operations in 1930 and shuttered its doors in 2001; the Flight Center at JFK closed that same year. The expansive space has since been repurposed into a luxury accommodation aptly called TWA Hotel.

The TWA Flight Center was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen and built in 1962 — just as air travel was becoming commonplace for the general public. It features sweeping lines and an airy openness that although vintage, still feels contemporary. Rather than fighting this style, present-day architecture firms Lubrano Ciavarra, INC Architecture & Design, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Stonehill Taylor highlight the mid-century modern look — via My Modern Met


Freak NeXt / Ulysse Nardin

The Ulysse Nardin Freak NeXt (ref. 2505-250/00) is a unique concept watch. The movement is a calibre UN-25X, self-winding with Grinder automatic winding system, 12 Hz flying oscillator and Ulysse Nardin Anchor escapement, with a 70-hour power reserve. The platinum and titanium case is 45mm x 14.1mm in size, has a 30 metre water resistance, with a white rubber-coated bezel with Super-LumiNova — via HODINKEE


Warrandyte Residence / John Hipwell

The house dates from 1965 and is described by the agent as a modernist sanctuary, the work of renowned architect John Hipwell. The agent also adds, unsurprisingly, that this perfectly-preserved house has had just one owner since 1965. Which is perhaps why the house looks so incredibly authentic. The guide price is $800,000 — via WowHaus


Black Shed / Mary Arnold-Forster Architects

More than a century ago, simple stone houses called blackhouses used to fill the Scottish and Irish countryside. Built with stone walls and floors and topped with a thatched gabled roof, the structures were primitive shelters for farm workers and animals.

Though the homes were exceedingly simple, they’ve proven to be stylistically influential hundreds of years down the line. A new house from Scotland-based firm Mary Arnold-Forster Architects is a modern take on the blackhouse, though it has little in common with its stony predecessor beyond its traditional form — via Curbed


1972 Honda CB350 / Merlin Cycleworks

This Honda CB350 comes from Merlin Cycleworks, which is run by 56-year-old Mark Kouri. Mark’s been an aircraft mechanic for over 30 years — repairing jets for United Airlines — and you can see his attention to detail in this amazing build. When he’s not repairing or replacing jet engines or fixing autopilots, he builds customs in his two-car garage at home — via Bike EXIF


Selzer Residence / Hugh Kaptur

Designed by famed architect Hugh Kaptur — known for more than 200 residences in Palm Springs — the 1988 home sits in the gated community of Parc Andreas in South Palm Springs. Built in the style of Mexican Modern, the home’s striking twin pyramids form a distinctive exterior façade. 38727 West Maracaibo Circle is on the market for $2,295,000 — via Curbed


Nuevo Andino / Freddy Mamani

Whether you love it or hate it, the divisive architectural style taking over the Bolivian city of El Alto is certainly a departure from the norm, injecting bold shapes and colours into an otherwise average cityscape. Local architect Freddy Mamani, who has spent the last 18 years developing the signature style he calls Nuevo Andino (New Andean), felt that El Alto was too monochrome. Each of his buildings is like a unique sculptural work of art aiming to enliven the city and pay homage to ancient indigenous motifs of the area — via Web Urbanist


California Modernist / Waikanae, New Zealand

Tara Morton stumbled upon an a listing for a circa-1965 house with a California modernist sensibility and Japanese influence. It had an elegant façade of native Hinuera stone and the interiors got plenty of natural light through broad windows and sliding glass doors. Much of the interior was lined with native Rimu wood, which lent the spaces warmth. Its small pond, tennis court, and pool were surrounded by lush gardens dotted with Japanese maples, cherry trees, and magnolia trees — via Curbed


Peace River Treehouse / Anderson Anderson Architects

Built on stilts, this treehouse-like home was designed by San Francisco-based Anderson Anderson Architects. It’s located in lush pine and oak forests with views to the surrounding trees and canopy. An elevator helps to navigate the 266 square metres, and the main living area features high ceilings, 2.4m windows, and a modern kitchen and dining room. 4327 NW North Road is on the market now for $1,295,000 — via Curbed


Boulter House / Frank Lloyd Wright

The Boulter House is one of only three Frank Lloyd Wright homes built in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the two-storey home is asking $695,000.

Designed for two Classics scholars, Cedric G and Patricia Neils Boulter, the home was designed in 1954 and completed in 1956. Mrs Boulter was the daughter of Henry J Neils, whose Minneapolis residence Wright also designed in 1949.

Built to resemble a ship, the home is constructed of African and Philippine mahogany, Douglas fir, concrete block and glass. The Usonian design features four bedrooms plus a study, and is packed with plenty of trademark Wright features — think radiant heated floors, large glass windows and walkouts, and a cantilevered balcony — via Curbed


Arcata Theatre / William David

Not just a cultural hub, this lot also offers up two smaller businesses and living space as part of the package, all of which is part of the historic 1938 art deco cinema in Arcata, California. At first glance, you might think you would be walking through a time capsule as you push open those cinema doors. Sadly not. The cinema was renovated/restored back in 2009, although the work was in keeping with the original 1930s building. The asking price is quite hefty at $1,500,000 — via WowHaus


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


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