Retro Electric Scooter / Chad Valley

They are too young for a Lambretta or a Vespa, but they might like to be going with the Chad Valley retro electric scooter for kids.

Trading on the classic scooter look of a bygone era, this is a working bike for kids of sorts. By that, we mean it has working headlights and engine sounds, as well as 6V engine, which hits around 3mph in forward or reverse. Oh yes, has an FM radio too.

Designed for age three and up, it sells for £129.99 — via Junior Hipster


Applied Architecture / Frank Lloyd Wright + Schumacher

Ahead of what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, home design company Schumacher, in collaboration with the Wright Foundation, has revived a collection of geometric-print textiles that the world-famous architect designed in 1955.

Prompted by House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon, who introduced Wright to Schumacher, the collaboration was originally developed as part of the Taliesin Ensemble, a collection of furnishings for people who did not have the privilege of living in one of his homes. It was officially called Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpaper and included an array of textiles and wallpaper whose designs were hand-drawn by Wright — via Curbed


Astrofire / Modfire

The company does various designs, but the Astrofire retro-style fire pit by Modfire is the one that stands out. Ideal for a mid century-inspired outdoor space. Love the sweeping legs, as well as the choice of colours. So many to choose from, which means there’s almost certainly one to match your space. Options too for fuel options — natural gas, propane, or wood burning — with that choice dictating the price. They start from $1,450 directly from the maker, with the option of a solid cover and tabletop too if you don’t need the fire, but do need the surface space — via Retro to Go


Light Strip + Balls / Red Wolf

Light Strip and Balls originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design, History, Wildlife

St John’s + Raven / Red Wolf

St John’s Pipe Organ, St John’s Saint Paul Window, St John’s Door Hinge and Raven originally uploaded by Red Wolf


On Site 3D Printed House / Apis Cor

A new project in Russia takes the instant gratification of a 3D-printed structure one step further by getting all the printing done right on site.

Completed in the town of Stupino, located 60 miles south of Moscow, this 400-square-foot home was made with 3D-printing company Apis Cor’s mobile 3D printer, a crane-like, first-of-its-kind apparatus that’s small enough to be portable. That means the structure’s main components — the self-bearing walls, partitions and building envelope — were all printed on site, eliminating the need for transportation and assembly. The insulation, a combination of solid elements and liquid polyurethane, was also completed on site — via Curbed


Car Lifts / IdealPark

If you want to have a garage, but don’t want to have it seen, IdealPark Car Lifts have come up with a way of including a garage, but in a very James Bond kind of way.

They create personalised and secure parking spots for your car underground to ensure that nobody can get to it unless they have the coded key required for entry — via Contemporist


Alpha / Mark Atkinson + Mehmet Doruk Erdem

The story starts in Turkey on the computer of designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. Nearly two years ago, Mehmet posted his BMW Alpha concept online: An arresting, shark-nosed land speed racer.

Word was spreading of Mehmet’s amazing designs, and bike builder Mark Makr Atkinson became a fan. I’d seen a couple of his designs online, Mark tells us. Then my father posted a picture of the Alpha concept on my Facebook page. It was good timing: Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats had been canceled again, and I needed a winter project — via Bike EXIF

Design, Entertainment

Sky B Plane / Circu Magical Furniture

Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.

Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.

It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture


Fallingwater Institute Expansion / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-founded architectural practice best known for its iconic designs for Apple stores in New York City, France, and Japan, has completed four new dwellings at High Meadow, the Fallingwater Institute’s home base for its summer residency program.

The architecture, artist, and design residency to study the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece quickly outgrew the its original structure, a 1960s cabin with four bedrooms located on a historic farm adjacent to Fallingwater. The resulting plan, designed by the firm’s Pittsburgh studio, doubled the property’s capacity by way of simple wooden cabin-like “portals” that frame views of the surrounding landscape — via Curbed


Kayak / Beinfield Architecture

Beinfield Architecture were tasked with transforming an abandoned police station, originally designed by James Gamble Rogers, into new offices for travel company

As part of the design, the client requested a used jet fuselage to be hung from the ceiling. Due to the building being a historic structure, this wasn’t easy as the used fuselage was deemed too large to bring into the building. Instead, the designers were able to have a new fuselage built from within the office. Underneath the impressive fuselage is a glass enclosed room with kitchen facilities — via CONTEMPORIST


Nuclear bunker with original fittings / Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Now this is something a little different, But I think you’ll agree that this former nuclear bunker with original fittings in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland is just a little bit special.

Whether it works as a house is a different matter. You never know, if the news is getting you down right now, it might well be an attractive proposition. Failing that, it might well be good for a weird and wonderful holiday let, a tourist site or just your own hidden lair if you want to get away from everything. If you want it, the agent is looking for offers around the £575,000 mark — via WowHaus


National Library Restoration / Bruno Gaudin + Virginie Brégal

The former site of France’s National Library has reopened after years of renovation work by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal. located at Rue de Richelieu in Paris, the historic complex houses the collections and reading rooms of the manuscripts department, the maps and plans branch, the coins, medals and antiques bureau, and the performing arts office. Since 1993, the quadrangle has also been home to the french national art history library.

In the early 2000s, it was decided that the ageing building had become unsuitable for the demands of the 21st century, and a major overhaul was planned. With work starting in 2011, Bruno Gaudin’s architecture firm was responsible for the project’s general management, while the restoration of the listed Salle Labrouste was entrusted to Jean-François Lagneau. To keep the library partially open, the renovation has been divided into two phases, with the second stage set to complete in 2020 — via designboom


One Room Hotel / Tower Park Praha

Located inside the Tower Park Praha, also known as the Žižkov Television Tower, in Prague, Czech Republic, sits a hotel unlike any other. As the name suggests, the One Room Hotel only has a single room, but don’t let the hotel’s small size deter you, the hotel is fully equipped to make your stay a luxurious one. Only minutes from Prague’s down town core, the One Room Hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and attractions and is close to things like Rierger Park and the Memorial on Vítkov Hill — via CONTEMPORIST


Tiranna / Frank Lloyd Wright

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Tiranna, a 1955-built residence named after the aboriginal word for running waters, has just gone on the market in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Purchased by memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley and his wife Vada about 20 years ago, the incredible 15-acre property, also known as the Rayward-Shepherd House and the John L Rayward House, has been well-preserved after undergoing an extensive restoration that also added a few updates.

The horseshoe-shaped house measures nearly 7,000 square feet and is arranged around a courtyard and includes seven bedrooms, eight baths, expansive open-plan living space, a rotating steel-and-glass observatory on the roof, wood panelling throughout, built-ins like storage, shelving, and furniture, multiple fireplaces — including one with a gold-leaf chimney, carved beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, a greenhouse, guest studio, and so much more.

The hemicycle is situated beside the Noroton River and a waterfall and is surrounded by woods. Other amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court, a large barn, and original gardens and landscaping Frank Okamura and Charles Middeleer. Located at 432 Frogtown Road, this one-of-a-kind home is available for $8,000,000 through Houlihan Lawrence — via Curbed


Can You Spot a Fake Rolex? / Watchfinder & Co

We’ve all seen those terrible fake watches, and they’re easy to spot, right? But now there’s a new challenge: fakes are getting harder to tell. Here are two Rolex Submariner 116610LNs, one real, one not — can you spot the fake Rolex? — via Youtube


Mejorada del Campo Cathedral / Justo Gallego Martínez

A huge cathedral with tall towers and a magnificent dome rises slowly in the municipality of Mejorada del Campo, 20 kilometres from Madrid. It seems like a common occurrence, but it is not. The building has been under construction for 50 years — brick by brick — by one man: Justo Gallego Martínez, farmer, ex-monk and a self-taught architect of 91 years of age. — via Arch Daily


RTT99 Wooden Turntable / Ricatech

If looking good heads up your list of priorities when it comes to buying a record player, then this Ricatech wooden turntable is well worth investigating.

It looks amazing. Crafted from lacquered wood, the player shows off the natural graining, with the metal detailing very much the icing on the cake. But this isn’t just a pretty face.

It is also a three-speed, belt-drive turntable (33, 45 and 78rpm), with speakers able to unfold when needed, along with USB output for digitising to PC or Mac, an Audio Technica needle and two AC adaptors (UK and Europe). A carry handle for ease of moving too.

Classy and classic, you can get one for €169 — via Retro to Go


Campervan Magazine Rack / Balvi

Take your pick from various colours, each one inspired by the classic VW van and each Balvi Campervan Magazine Rack designed to hold your magazines. Perfect for adding a quirky touch to a room and perfect for fans of the van. Made of metal and available online at £19 — via Retro to Go


Astonishing Artificial Limbs / Scott Summit

The designer of these limbs is Scott Summit, a designer with 20 years old experience in the field. He used 3D printing technology to create one of a kind artificial limbs for each of the patients. Even more, he allows each patient to bring their own ideas on how they can customise the shape or the design of the prosthetics — via Design You Trust


Model 33 Record Storage / Flipbin

Crate digging is fun, but not when you’re in the middle of a passionate DJ set. Chicago-based Flipbin solves this problem with a handy aluminium display-and-storage unit designed to keep 33 of your favourite 12-inch records on deck and within easy reach. Each Model 33 is powder-coated for extra strength and made in Illinois — via Cool Hunting


Stealth Building / WORKac

Unseen above the restored cast-iron façade of this 1857 residential structure in Tribeca, a stunning modern loft extends the building’s liveable space, its form responding directly to lines of sight. Designed by WORKac and known as the Stealth Building, the addition had to work with the existing façade — to preserve its appearance, rendering it invisible became the obvious approach — via Urbanist


Thorn Island Fortress / Pembroke

This 19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire is an amazing space, as well as a grade II listed building, which obviously limits the scope of change.

Thorn Island dates back to between 1852 and 1854, when it was constructed from local stone as an outer defence to Milford Haven, which was then a large naval base.

If you like the idea of your own kingdom, Knight Frank has this up at £550,000 — via WowHaus

Art, Design

Hotel Downing Guardian / Red Wolf

Utility Graffiti, Hotel Downing Guardian, Peter Drew’s Aussie Poster and The Two Wolves originally uploaded by Red Wolf


Sydney Drain and Manhole Covers / Red Wolf

Pitt Street Mall Drain, Malco Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board Hydrant Cover, Ska Optus Manhole Cover, DMR Manhole Cover and Traffic Signals Manhole Cover originally uploaded by Red Wolf


The Galeries / Red Wolf

The Galeries, Glass Elevator, 201 Elizabeth Street, Mark Foy’s Building and North Apartments originally uploaded by Red Wolf

via Wikipedia:

The Foy brothers opened The Piazza in 1909 on Liverpool Street. This was a three-storey store (two floors plus basement) designed by architects Arthur McCredie & Arthur Anderson with a turreted mansard roof. The building partially modelled on the Parisian Bon Marche department store. premises in 1909; and its piazza, chandeliers, marble and sumptuous ballroom made it a Sydney institution and one of Australia’s foremost fashion stores. The store had Australia’s first escalator. The store stretched around a whole city block and gave rise to the colloquial saying, when referring to a person of overweening confidence, You’ve got more front than Mark Foy’s. The store was remodelled in 1927. The store was linked in 1926 to the newly opened Museum Railway Station by underground subway.

The City Piazza building is now used as a complex of state courthouses known as the Downing Centre. However, its former role is preserved in the ornate tilework on the facade and surroundings.

via Wikipedia:

The North Apartments, located at 91 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Australia, were designed by the late architect Harry Seidler.

Constructed between 2003-04, the building is oriented with a single façade to the North, facing Goulburn Street.

Each of the 49 apartments features a wave-shaped balcony, so as to accommodate outdoor furniture, at its widened part. The balconies are arranged in a vertically staggered pattern so as to maximise the spatial feeling. As a result, the design breaks away from the usual box-like structures associated with ‘infill’ development.

Colour is introduced into the façade by the use of integrally permanent coloured toughened glass on the balconies’ end rails and dividing screens. There are a mixture of primary and neutral coloured accents all over the façade, giving the building a lively appearance.

The apartments are designed following a split-level planning system, which results in a ceiling height of 2.85 m over the living area and 2.7 m in the raised bedrooms. These raised bedrooms have no windows, and open onto the lounge area. The building contains commercial space on the ground floor, and an indoor lap pool. The foyer of the building features a wall hanging of woven carpet, based on a wall mural in Rose Seidler House, painted by Seidler in 1950.


Sydney Masonic Centre / Red Wolf

Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney Masonic Centre Detail and Sydney Masonic Centre Stairs originally uploaded by Red Wolf


Joseland Gilling, 1974
Connell Mott MacDonald, 2004 (tower)

Corner of Castlereagh and Goulburn Streets, Sydney

Off form concrete facade
Civic Tower is Australia’s first building to be fully supported on a central lift core without the use of continuous perimeter columns extending down to footing levels. Constructed above Sydney’s Masonic Centre, the innovative structural design features a space frame using post tensioned tie elements and high strength concrete filled tubular steel struts to transfer the 25 story office building perimeter back onto its core.


Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Birdhouses / Douglas Barnhard

These really are mini works of art. But the mid-century modern-inspired birdhouses by Sourgrassbuilt are very practical pieces too. All the designs are created by Californian Douglas Barnhard, influenced by architecture of the mid-20th century, including the Eichler houses prominent in his home state — via Retro to Go


Maison Bulle à Six Coques / Jean Maneval

One of the coolest prefab homes ever conceived, French architect Jean Maneval’s Bubble House comes off as futuristic today as it did when it was first introduced in the ‘60s. Its French name Maison Bulle à Six Coques (literally Six-Shell Bubble House) aptly captures the prefab dwelling’s bulbous appearance, formed by six fibreglass modules that combine into one roughly 32 square metre residence, wherein the living, dining, kitchen, and resting areas are all connected into one open space. When production ceased in 1970, only 30 Bubble Houses had been manufactured, one of which now rests in splendid condition in eastern France.

As detailed in a recent feature on AD España, design collector and dealer Patrice Chevreux acquired the mossy abode (Bubble Houses came in white, brown, and green to match natural surroundings) from Parisian gallery Jousse Entreprise and furnished it in a modernism-on-holiday vibe—in other words, minimal yet fun — via Curbed


Lounge Chair in Twill / Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic Lounge Chair, one of the most ubiquitous and replicated mid century designs, is coming back with a twist. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the design, Vitra will release the armchair — along with its equally famous ottoman sidekick — in a new black twill fabric instead of the traditional black leather. This version will be available for just three months, from this November through January 2017. Vitra’s hope with this upholstery update is to create a cosy softness and inviting warmth — via Curbed


Stuart Richardson House / Frank Lloyd Wright

A new Frank Lloyd Wright home has come on the market, this time in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Wright designed the Stuart Richardson House in 1941 for an actuary and his wife following his concept of Usonian architecture. Constructed ten years later under his guidance (and meticulously restored to purists’s standards in 2006), the 167 square-metre three-bedroom features a unique hexagonal floor plan that leaves all but two of the residence’s angles measuring either 60 or 120 degrees. In fact, large, deep red hexagon-shaped tiles make up all the floors in the home.

The brick house also boasts extensive cypress panelling and woodwork, most noticeably on the ceilings, where boards meet at chevron-like angles, drawing the eye toward various points of the house. Triangle skylights and patterned clerestory windows puncture the flat roof line, while floor-to-ceiling windows throughout usher the outdoors in. A pool and original built-in furniture and storage round out this unique property. Located at 63 Chestnut Hill Place, it’s asking $995,000 — via Curbed


Scottsdale Residence / Bing Hu

This futuristic house in Scottsdale, Arizona is certainly out there, calling to mind, perhaps, the Googie-inspired world of The Jetsons, or the slick, slimy interiors of the Alien movie franchise. Designed by famous local architect Bing Hu in 1998, the six-bedroom, 929 square-metre (launch) pad incorporates an unrestrained combination of textures, materials, and colour in a way that manages to create a cohesive, if eccentric, look. In short, it’s an exuberant home.

From the cinder-block-like exterior trimmed in weathered steel, to gleaming black floor tiles, corrugated metal ceiling panels, dark wooden built-ins, all the way to the mottle-painted walls, each surface is endowed with a little extra. Even the stainless steel kitchen appliances wanted in on the action—their patinas are scribbled and scratched. Still, artwork and bold furniture are able to stand out, despite the cacophony of visuals defining the house.

But it becomes clear that the property is merely trying to keep up with the incredible mountain and desert landscape surrounding it. In fact, the entire dining and kitchen area open up to establish a seamless indoor-outdoor connection with a vast fireplaced veranda, while floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and large windows throughout the residence frame natural vistas. Located 11452 E Salero Drive, it’s asking $3,488,000 — via Curbed


Lydia C Edmands House / Arthur and Alfred Heineman

It’s time for another Arts and Crafts-era gem from Pasadena, California. This time, the hot new item on the market is an 1917 residence blending the quaint appeal of an English Cotswold cottage with the detailed, creative expression of Craftsman homes. Designed and built by brothers Arthur and Alfred Heineman for a wealthy widow, Lydia C Edmands, the six-bedroom house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

From the rolled-roof edges to the arched storybook front door to the interior’s beautiful wood paneling, staircase, and large Batchelder fireplace, the 587-square-metre home dazzles with architectural details — via Curbed


Nautilus House / Shelter Island, New York

Sitting on 2.3 acres on Shelter Island, an scenic escape east of Long Island, this restored 1972 home was built in the shape of a nautilus shell and makes the most of it with custom interior furnishings. The 135-square-metre home was originally designed for a fashion designer, but in recent years, has been under the careful stewardship of a New York City-based artist.

Inside, beautiful wood ceilings with exposed beams soar over a curved sunken living room with built-in seating, as well as a curved kitchen with custom double-sided cabinets and concrete counters. All of these main living areas, including the elevated dining area, have views out to the verdant lawns and saltwater gunite pool outside. The property also overlooks a pond replete with wildlife — via Curbed


Windmill House / Stone, Carpenter and Wilson

Dating back to 1886, this picturesque shingled compound on the southeastern tip of Rhode Island once had a working windmill, which would be the octagonal turret you see on the main house. Designed by Providence architects, Stone, Carpenter, and Wilson, the five-bedroom main house impressively wraps regular living spaces right around the turret, separated only by a series of exposed beams and columns.

On the market for the first time since it was built, the Windmill House is all about flowing spaces that offer idyllic ocean views. This is especially true for the ground floor living and dining areas and the atmospheric bedroom at the top of the tower with 180-degree vistas out to the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the home, you’ll also find a number of Bas-relief sculptures and inscriptions by Rhode Island-born American artist Sydney Burleigh, who was a close friend of the family — via Curbed


Tanera Mòr / Scotland

Let’s be real: The whole point of having a few million dollars to spare is to wield them at critical times like this, when a dreamy Scottish island covering 307.6 hectares goes on sale for a reasonable £1.95 million. Besides an incredible cost-per-square-foot figure, you get a bunch of restored stone houses ready for permanent or holiday stays, broadband internet, self-sustaining electricity and freshwater treatment systems, and, of course, breathtaking Summer Isles views — via Curbed


Safe Cabinet / Scott Jarvie + DELUPO

Designer Scott Jarvie together with DELUPO, recently exhibited the Safe Cabinet during 2016 London Design Festival. The cabinet took hundreds of assembly hours and was created using 28 CNC cut aluminium moving parts, 164 hand cut wood joints, and 247 stainless steel mechanical fastening elements — via CONTEMPORIST


Hoover Building / Wallis, Gilbert and Partners

It’s an iconic building and soon you will be able to live in the 1930s Wallis, Gilbert and Partners-designed art deco Hoover Building in Perivale, west London. The building is Grade II listed and an art deco icon, despite essentially being a factory building.

IDM Properties plans to salvage and reuse as many original Art Deco features as possible throughout the building in order to retain the full glory of this stunning architectural treasure. That’s a huge plus and to be expected of a building with listed status — via WowHaus


1950s Googie-Inspired House / Glendale, California

Googie was a style of architecture that was seen from the 1940s into the 1960s, with the same derived from a coffee shop designed by John Lautner. Essentially it is architecture influenced by space and the future as seen from the era. So upswept roofs, angles, curves. Think something like The Jetsons, for example. It was a big thing when it came to coffee houses, motels and gas stations, but less so with residential architecture. This place is one surviving example of the latter.

A fascinating property and one that’s just gone on the market. The asking price is $769,000 — via WowHaus