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Ventus Garage of Kraków, Poland have turned a Suzuki GN400 into a cool street tracker coated in BMW’s famous matte Frozen paint — via Bike EXIF

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O-office Architects designed this residence in Guangzhou, China as a reinterpretation of an archetypal Chinese courtyard house, and it’s a brilliant blend of traditional and modern. The three-bedroom home centres around the grey brick courtyard whose stepped paths lead to a pond — via Curbed

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Studio Otto Felix has recently completed a modern house in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that features neutral colours and natural materials throughout its design — via CONTEMPORIST

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Wax Rax calls the LP-H Vinyl Record Console as the vinyl lover’s entertainment system, but it doesn’t come cheap. Each one is built to order in the company’s workshop in New York City, with skilled artisans employed to personalise it and give it a custom finish in terms of colour and material. The LP-H holds up to 550 records on its racks, with space for the record deck, as well as an amplifier and add-ons. It will set you back $7,500 — via Retro to Go

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Brett Farrow Architect has completed the Cornish House, a new modern residential project located in the Southern California Coastal community of Encinitas.The small two bedroom home makes full use of the site’s panoramic ocean views from its hilltop location on a small and irregularly trapezoidal shaped lot — via CONTEMPORIST

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The new Z12 uses the late Harry Winston’s childhood in New York City as a source of inspiration. Here, an arched blue bridge that straddles the central axis of the dial is inspired by the Manhattan bridges that influenced the world-renowned jeweller’s life and work.

At first glance, the whirling circle of numerals and markers feels confusing and difficult to grasp as a timekeeping instrument. However, upon closer inspection, the usage of concentric, bi-retrograde hours and minutes creates a complex and asymmetrical horological demonstration — via WatchTime

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This 1960s William Wenzler mid century modern property in Elm Grove, Wisconsin dates back to 1965 and over 50 years on, this is still a house you really can’t stop looking at. The agent describes it as a one-of-a-kind residence and or once, that might be an understatement. You will have to find something in the region of $745,000 to secure this one — via WowHaus

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Sitting on over 40 acres in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains, a section of the Rockies, this 2000-built home, billed as neomodernist by the listing, has a rounded profile clad in Galvalume siding, which makes it look a bit like a converted grain silo home from afar. But it’s arguably even more interesting on the inside. Designed by architect William Massie, the residence seems to be organized around a spiral metal staircase on three floors, with each level offering a linear space and scenic views framed on each end. Listed at the beginning of June, the property at 40 Elk Haven Court wants $625,000 — via Curbed

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Interior design firm INDOT have designed a custom, built-in modern cat enclosure for their clients, who wanted to have a dedicated space for their four adopted cats to enjoy. The glass box with a wood slat surround and multiple doors, is supported by iron pipes, and is suspended to allow the cats to be able to see out of the window and over the balcony — via Contemporist

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This Scottish castle called Ackergill Tower recently hit the market for £3.9 million and it looks suited for a fairy tale. Originally built in the 15th century, the castle retains its stoney façade and fortress wall. Architect David Bryce added onto the castle during the Victorian era, bumping the bedroom count up to a mind-boggling 32. If the main castle isn’t enough, the estate comes with six cottages, a pub, a 200-person catering hall, not to mention a sizeable treehouse, billed as Europe’s largest — via Curbed

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Stylistically, this project from Mark Makr Atkinson screams classic road racer. But it actually started life as an old scrambler — a 1975 Alpina 350 — via Bike EXIF

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The Robinson House sports Marcel Breuer’s signature butterfly roof and binuclear plan of two separate wings connected by an entrance hall. Comprising roughly 465 square metres, the 1948-built residence hosts its main living, dining and kitchen areas in the larger square volume, while three bedrooms and a garage are in the smaller rectangular volume. Last sold in 1992, the property, located at 236 Bulkley Street, is now seeking $1,900,000 — via Curbed

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This modern stunner was designed by LA firm Shubin + Donaldson and completed in 2012. The approximately 230 square metre home contains four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, plus a cosy living room with a custom steel fireplace, shiny gourmet kitchen, and library office. Located at 20 Cedar Lane, the property is asking $2,450,000 — via Curbed

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A contemporary home featured on an episode of the popular British television show Grand Designs is back on the market in Horsham, West Sussex. Known as Pavello, it’s a massive work of contemporary architecture inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and built on a 60 metre long slab of concrete.

Steel, porcelain, granite, and glass characterise the 515 square metre single-story residence, which at the time of airing in September 2015 was the show’s largest ever house. Designed by self-made businessman Clinton Dall for himself and his four children with Brighton-based architect Desmond Harvey and completed in 2015, the home is divided into two horizontal wings offset from one another. It’s offered at £3.5 million — via Curbed

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Séb Lorentz and his partner Laurence, who run Lucky Cat Garage were so taken with the Sonicon Rocket toy, they’ve styled an entire bike after it—a custom Yamaha XV950R.

The bike is a Yard Built commission from Yamaha Motor Europe, it’s called Space Explorer, and it’s one of the most original customs we’ve seen for a long time — via  Bike EXIF

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Plenty of homes give the illusion of floating, but this cubed building in North Avoca Studio, New South Wales, is in fact hovering over a drop off. Designed by architect Matt Thitchener, the 60 square metre studio is affixed to the side of a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean — via Curbed

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This home on the island of Corsica in France was designed in 1974 in the organic style by Jean-Claude Mazet, a disciple and collaborator of Le Corbusier and a professor of architecture at Harvard University. Rising on the side of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the 155 square metre residence features a curving footprint as well as a large curving tower-like structure. To make this your holiday home, you’ll need 1.165 euros — via Curbed

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This domed house takes weatherproofing to a whole other level. Named Eye of the Storm, the house was built on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, in 1991. It’s the brain child of George Paul, a designer and builder of dome structures, who erected the house for his parents after they lost their summer home to category 5 Hugo in 1989. The architect of the home was X Dilling, who lives in the Charleston area. The property is asking $4,995,000 — via Curbed

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Designed by Punto Arquitectónico, the residence incorporates a courtyard pool that wends its way through some of structure’s free standing walls. In Mérida, however, the project in question is a renovation of an old home in the city’s historic centre, where a nondescript façade conceals an oasis beyond its walls — via Curbed

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Coupled with an idyllic, 4 hectare setting, this little-known Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property that embodies Usonian principles has been listed on the market for the first time for $1,200,000. The 120 square metre Whiteford-Haddock House boasts many of Wright’s signature features, from the sweeping great room to the reddish concrete floors with original gravity heating systems intact — via Dwell

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For $14.5 million you can expect to get a lot of house. A swimming pool is a given. A subterranean basketball court? Sure. This modern abode, just on the market, has all the standard outrageous amenities and more—the more being an original James Turrell Skyspace that sits in the home’s courtyard.

Marmol Radziner architects designed the Arrowhead House as an extravagant prefab oasis in the desert hills outside of Las Vegas. The location—arid and sunny—is perfect for one of Turrell’s Skyspace pieces, which are at their best when they act as a frame to a partly cloudy sky — via Curbed

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Meistersinger recently introduced a conservatively sized 38 mm diameter watch model called the Metris. It’s available in a number of dial variations (blue, black, opaline silver, ivory), with a large array of strap choices.

The German-based watchmaker utilises a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 modified to power the Metris’ single-handed operation, a speciality of the brand. This means that one hand displays the hours and minutes (and no seconds hand).

This particular version, Ref. ME908 features a dark blue dial with printed turquoise-coloured hour markers. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial along with cyclops magnified date window at 6 o’clock. Retail is approximately $1,750 — via Professional Watches

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This rundown fort on an island off the coast of Pembrokeshire in the UK is for sale for £400,000. The Stack Rock Fort was built in 1850 and was used by the military in World War I until it was disarmed in 1929. It hasn’t been updated since 1859 — via Curbed

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Studio Olafur Eliasson designed Fjordenhus in Vejle, Denmark — via 

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Leica is releasing a pair of new watches designed from the ground, the time-and-date L1 and the GMT-equipped L2. The camera maker has clearly done its homework and these watches are much more than just off-the-shelf components branded with a well-respected logo — via (via Hodinkee

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Hadlow Tower in Kent was built as a folly and considered the tallest Victorian example of its kind. Except it was built out of jealousy, or so the story goes, by Walter May, a local landowner and merchant, whose wife supposedly ran away with a farmer, according to UK magazine Country Life. He added it in 1838 to Hadlow Castle, which his father built in the late 18th century.

May wanted to make an even bigger statement, so he added a 12 metre lantern to the top, bringing the height to 53 metre. Now, after all these years, it serves a slight more noble purpose—it has been converted into a home, and an impressive one, at that.

A Grade-I listed structure, the folly is now a 324 square metre residence that has been carefully restored and refurbished in recent years. There are nine stories in total, five of which make up the main living accommodations and include four bedrooms, three of which have ensuite bathrooms, plus another bathroom.

Listed by Strutt and Parker in the village of Hadlow, the property will entertain offers of £2,000,000 or more — via Curbed

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When a dog ran out in front of Nick Acosta’s 1974 CB750K it changed his world. He had just done a little brake work and was taking his bike for a spin when a canine torpedo shot out to attack his wheel. With a cafe racer project in mind and months of therapy ahead, Nick started watching videos and reading about rebuilding Honda’s iconic inline 4.

Nick says the name La Poderosa (meaning The Mighty One in Spanish) springs from the motorcycle that Ernesto Che Guevara and Alberto Granado took on their life-changing trip across South America. Fitting, after what Nick and this bike have been through — via Bike EXIF

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This impressive mid century modern was built in 1966 for a race car driver, according to local legend, and was completely revamped for contemporary living in 2016 by Barnett Adler. Set on 1.68 acres in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the hefty 300 square metre boasts three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and soaring common areas that preserve the era’s focus on open, light-filled spaces. Located at 1205 Old Lystra Road just 10 minutes from down town Chapel Hill and surrounded by farms, the property is offered at $799,000 — via Curbed

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This charming mid century modern home in Glenbrook Valley, Houston, was designed by E Kelly Gaffney in conjunction with Parents’ magazine for the 1956 Greater Houston Builder’s Association Parade of Homes. Recently renovated and restored, the 118 square metre residence features three bedrooms, two baths, and many of the era’s architectural considerations. Located at 7606 Cayton Street, it’s offered at $225,000 — via Curbed

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Minimalist master John Pawson designed Villa Santanyi, aka the Neuendorf House, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Spain, in 1987 for a German art dealer as his office’s first full project, in partnership with Claudio Silvestrin. Accommodating between nine and 11 people, it is available to rent through Welcome Beyond starting at €570 a night — via Curbed

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The Arnold & Son Globetrotter is an eye-catching world time wristwatch, with an independently settable hour hand and a very large 3-D Earth, showing the Northern Hemisphere as seen from directly above the North Pole. The Earth rotates once every 24 hours to provide a world time function against a concentric 24-hour ring. Price: $16,995 — via Hodinkee

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Benji’s Cafe Racers founder Benjie Flipprboi had an epiphany while stuck in traffic en route to a meeting with a customer who was commissioning a custom built Yamaha SR400: this bike would be optimised for lane-splitting, the California-legal, traffic-beating practice of motorcycles riding between lanes of cars in traffic jams — via Maxim

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This mid century modern in the Macalester-Groveland neighbourhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota, was built in 1957 and has been exquisitely preserved over the years — with just a few updates in parts. Designed by Milton Bergstedt and Jim Hirsch in 1957, the sprawling home unfurls across 311 square metre, showcasing the era’s best design principles. Located on a sloping site at 324 Stonebridge Boulevard, the property is offered at just under $600,000 — via Curbed

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Just like the old-school automotive motif DeWitt is channelling in its latest watch, the independent manufacture refuses to slow down. Looking over the Academia Endless Drive, its distinguishing feature is a helical screw that cuts straight down the centre of the watch.

The endless screw is linked to the power reserve’s winding system. As the 59-hour power reserve decreases, the screw rotates to show a red indicator at 12 o’clock. When the barrel is fully wound, the screw slides on its longitudinal axis and reveals a green indicator in the same spot.

The watch comes on a black satin calfskin leather strap with a polished, 18-carat rose gold, triple-folding clasp. It’s priced at $46,500 — via WatchTime