Design

William Thaxton House / Frank Lloyd Wright + Kirksey Architecture

There are only three homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Texas, and this six-bedroom, six-and-a-half property — called the William Thaxton house — is the only in Houston. Originally constructed in 1955 as a modest 167 square metre Usonian, the home was designed for a wealthy insurance executive. It now includes a renovation from 1995 designed by local architect Bob Inaba of Kirksey Architecture that added 585 square metres. The renovation used Wright’s L-shaped, single-story building as a centrepiece, adding an enclosed patio, central courtyard, and expanded family room — via Curbed

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Casa de Vidrio / Aaron Bohrer

This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home located north of the city overlooking the Santa Fe Opera is called Casa de Vidrio, or glass house. The property consists of two structures: A 520 square metre main house and a 148 square metre guest house. Both structures sit on two lots that total 13.5 acres accessed through 24-hour security at Casas de San Juan. The contemporary design was built with art collecting in mind, as much of the house boasts ideal spots to showcase paintings, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics, and glass — via Curbed

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Isla Lebe / Guillermo Acuña

When Guillermo Acuña decided to build himself a getaway on the remote Chilean archipelago of Chiloé, he did so with a perfect balance of rustic charm and modern touches.

Named Isla Lebe, the house is a series of three buildings, joined by raised wooden pathways that cut through the verdant landscape and protect the structures from high tides — via Curbed

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Regent No 1 / Regent

Perhaps you just like the old school look, but don’t feel comfortable with ageing mechanics. Or maybe you just like the idea of something environmentally-friendly. If that’s you, the 1960s-style Regent No. 1 electric motorcycle might be your perfect mode of transport — via Retro to Go

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Sondern-Adler House / Frank Lloyd Wright

Originally designed in 1939 as an 84 square metre home, the Sondern-Adler House in Kansas City, Missouri features three squares that form the classic Usonian L-shape. In 1948 the home’s second owners hired Frank Lloyd Wright to expand the property to its current 275 square metres, adding a great room, a third bedroom, a carport, and two additional bathrooms — via Curbed

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Pattaya Redemptorist School For the Blind / Creative Crews

At this school in Bangkok, Thailand, every surface is a learning experience. The Pattaya Redemptorist School For the Blind enrols students with varying levels of vision ability. Its goal is to help teach those students how to read and navigate the world around them.

The school enlisted Bangkok design studio Creative Crews to transform the building into a tactile experience where walls and floors become spaces for play and learning. Designed around the pre-braille curriculum, which helps young children develop tactile awareness and prepare for reading and writing braille, the school’s new additions include several perforated and magnetised walls onto which objects can be inserted and attached — via Curbed

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Foster House / John Lautner

The Foster House by John Lautner in Sherman Oaks, California dates back to 1950, so has managed to avoid the open market for the best part of 60 years. With that in mind, you would perhaps expect some kind of time capsule. Well, it’s not quite that. The Foster House is on the market right now for $1,600,000 — via WowHaus

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HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red / MB&F

The HM7 Aquapod in platinum with a sapphire bezel in striking red is the fourth model in MB&F’s dive-watch-inspired series of central tourbillons. There will be 25 examples of the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red, each of which will come supplied with three straps: the red rubber version, a white rubber strap, and a black rubber strap. Price: $165,000 — via HODINKEE

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Earle Smith Residence / Coleman, Texas

Built in 1958, this 265 square metre three bedroom, four bedroom bath housein Coleman, a town in central Texas was commissioned by local jeweller Earle Smith as a brick and timber structure with plenty of mid century charm. The living room boasts walls of windows and a central brick fireplace with soffit lighting. Wood panelled walls throughout add cosiness, and craftsman built shelving and banquettes add charm — via Curbed

Design, History

1967 Gyro-X Prototype

This video is about the most particular vehicle of the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza of Villa d’Este in Italy. It’s called Gyro-X and it’s a 2-wheeled prototype able to stay and drive perfectly balanced thanks to a gyroscope (55 cm in diameter) fitted in the front.

The project was born in 1967, designed by Alex Tremulis and gyroscope specialist Tom Summers, with a budget of $750,000 (about $6 million today) but it was soon abandoned due to Gyrocar Company’s bankrupt, ran out of funds to perfect the product.

After all these years, Gyro-X chassis had a complicated history, losing its gyroscope too, until it ended up in the hands of Lane Motor Museum in Nashville — via Youtube

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Boucherville Residence / Roger D’Astous

Located in Boucherville, Canada, just north east of Montreal, this four-bedroom, two-bath house is a gorgeous example of mid century design. The home was designed in 1961 by Canadian Roger D’Astous, a prolific architect who interned with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1952 and is known for a long list of buildings in Quebec—including the twin-towered Olympic Village that housed athletes in the 1976 Summer Olympics — via Midcentury modern from Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $855K – Curbed

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Coloma Residence / Winston Elting

Located on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan in Coloma, Michigan, the glass and brick gem was designed by Chicago architect Winston Elting in 1956. The home is currently on its third owner, and the 185 square metre structure has been meticulously restored with authenticity in mind. The interior is lined with redwood walls and tongue and groove ceilings, while a brick fireplace and walls add contrast. Like many mid century homes, the exterior walls facing the street are nondescript, creating privacy for the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open onto views of the lake. 5980 Beechwood Drive is on the market now for $2,449,00 — via Curbed

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Hillside Residence / William Fletcher

Designed in 1965, the house is the work of Oregon architect William Fletcher, a modernist known for deftly using glass and Pacific Northwest woods in his thoughtful, airy homes.

Fletcher’s 250 square metre house in the Bridlemile neighbourhood blends classic style with updated custom touches. Features include Oregon Black Walnut on the cabinets and fireplace mantel, designer tile throughout, and built-in furniture in many rooms. The master suite includes heated marble slab floors and a walk-in closet, and the home’s windows allow for peaceful views onto the trees beyond.

It’s a home filled with natural light and high-quality materials. If you love what you see, 4440 SW Hillside Drive is on the market now for $1,145,000 — via Curbed

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Corwin House / Richard Neutra

Known as the Corwin House, it’s one of only two properties designed by Internationally-renowned architect Richard Neutra remaining in Connecticut, and it’s being sold by the original owner, Betty Corwin. Corwin and her husband reached out to Neutra in 1955 after being dissatisfied with their first architect, and tasked the iconic architect to build the structure on 4.3 acres perched above the Saugatuck River — via Curbed