If there was ever a blueprint for the ultimate Moto Guzzi cafe racer, this is it. Kaffeemaschine’s latest build has the perfect stance, the perfect tank, and that iconic engine—blacked out, which of course draws even more attention to it — via Bike EXIF
Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects (NMA Architects), have designed a new modern house in Montecito, California, that has a landscaped front courtyard to welcome you to the home. A lawn area is combined with a water feature and a rock garden for a contemporary garden look, while a path runs along the side of the garage and leads to the pivoting front door — via CONTEMPORIST
Without touching a single stone in the ruins of a 17th century farmhouse in Scotland, two architects managed to incorporate it exactly as it is into a modern, ultra-efficient, solar-powered family home. Lily Jencks Studio and Nathanael Dorent Architecture collaborated on a project that literally builds upon history, opting to adapt the ruins for a new usage in a way that highlights their history instead of trying to recreate what the farmhouse looked like once upon a time — via Urbanist
Atelier Li Xinggang designed The Third Space in Hebei, China — via ArchDaily
Tatiana Bilbao has created a stunning single-story vacation home made of mirrored glass, rammed earth, and bricks. Located on a lush tree-filled site in Monterrey, Los Terrenos (The Terrains) is a small two-building complex arranged in a square around a curved pool and terrace lined with terracotta pavers — via Curbed
What you’re looking at here is a musical automaton that combines a walking tortoise (Kelys) and a singing bird (Chirp). Kelys is about 24cm long, 16cm wide, and 8cm high not including Chirp, who pops out of the top of Kelys’ shell when the automaton is activated. In all, the pair weigh just over 1.8kg. The body is made of rhodium plated brass with leather scales set into the metal to provide a bit of softness, and you can choose from blue, green, yellow, and ochre leather, giving four very different looks. The basic idea is that Kelys (whose name comes from the Greek for tortoise) walks around as Chirp sings her song. It’s an extremely charming little contraption and is meant to be a celebration of friendships, no matter how unusual. It’s a complicated machine though. There are 480 total components in the movement, which builds on Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s original singing bird automaton from the 1780s. It was designed, developed, and made by Reuge and automaton specialist Nicolas Court. The MB&F Kelys & Chip is a limited edition, with 18 pieces being made in each of the four colours. The price is CHF 49,000 — via Youtube
Numbered RCM-431, this 1970s Kawasaki Z1 was built for a client in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. He already owns a newer Zephyr 1100, so the AC Sanctuary crew knew that they’d need to step up the older Zed’s performance to match. Luckily
RCM stands for
Real Complete Machine — so this Kawa’s had every upgrade imaginable thrown at it — via Bike EXIF
Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects (NMA Architects), have designed a rustic modern house that sits within the California coastal woodland with 100+ year old oak trees. The owners of the property wanted to create a special place of quiet solitude, a place within nature that would allow their family to gather — via CONTEMPORIST
A stunning example of desert modernism by architect William P Bruder, FAIA, is on the market, this time in Cave Creek, Arizona, 43km north east of Phoenix. Completed in 2005, the Pond House is so-named for its 2.3 hectare riverbank site, where a sometimes swimming hole feeds a river, or stands still as a pond, or, in dry times, acts as
a remembrance of water. Located at 5115 E Rockaway Hills Drive, it’s offered at $1.199 million — via Curbed
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Let’s get straight to it—the Patek Philippe 5170P in my right hand is worth almost 20 times as much as the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in my left. With the Omega clocking an RRP of just over £4,000, that places the 5170P at a whopping £73,000. While some of that cost gets you a platinum case and diamonds on the dial, it’s safe to say that most of it is spent on the bit you don’t often get to see—the calibre CH 29-535 PS movement. But with the Omega carrying a similar hand-wound manual chronograph calibre 1863 movement for a fraction of the price, what are you really getting when you spend all that extra money?
— via Youtube
A current-spec Triumph Bonneville T120 was purchased and delivered to Old Empire Motorcycles’ headquarters in the historic country town of Diss. The chaps started the strip down, but with more care than usual:
The build brief was to keep mad modifications to a minimum, says founder Alec Sharp — via Bike EXIF
A groovy mid century modern home is on the market in Richardson, Texas, an affluent inner suburb of Dallas. Originally built in 1963, it has since been restored, updated, and expanded, resulting in 300 square metres of living space that includes four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and two living areas, all arranged around three courtyards.
Austin Maynard Architects has completed yet another gorgeous modern home, this time by extending a weatherboard Victorian cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. Called Kiah House, the renovation seeks to reinvent the traditional idea of the home office by creating a space that is conducive to productivity and yet still functions as a sanctuary.
The original 1927 residence, which also underwent a refresh, anchors the property: The Victoria-based practice added a master bedroom
haven adjacent to it and perched a separate office above — via Curbed
Located just outside the Aberdeen city centre, the art deco Northern Hotel dates back to 1938, the work of AGR Mackenzie of A Marshall Mackenzie & Son. It replaced an earlier hotel that was destroyed by fire.
It’s successor was quite a hip location back in the day and although updated around 2008, it still offers some of the art deco detailing that made it a hit back in the day. That’s perhaps why this hotel has a Grade A Listed Building status from Historic Scotland. Offers around the £1,500,000 mark are invited — via WowHaus
This bike started life as a barn find BMW R51/2 with parts from a variety of vintage BMW motorcycles. The tank was from a R50, the gearbox from a R51/3, the ignition case cover was broken, and fins were missing from both cylinders. The bike’s new owner wasn’t keen on returning it to stock, so Ramon Seiler of Kontrast Kreations had some freedom to reimagine the vintage Beemer — via Bike EXIF
The best of the vintage oddities has got to be the Majestic of the early 1930s. There are very few of these French machines still in circulation today, and this one, recently restored by Serge Bueno of LA-based Heroes Motors, has got to be the pick of the crop.
The Majestic was designed by Georges Roy, an engineer who disliked tubular frames because he felt they flexed too much. So he created a monocoque chassis using sheet steel, which also encased the drive train.
Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show, the Majestic caused a storm. The Delachanal factory put it into production the next year, but sales were slow—and the story was over by 1933. As with today, it looks like pre-War motorcyclists were resistant to anything outside of contemporary norms — via Bike EXIF
An intriguing modern house has come on the market in Lutz, Florida, and it’s sure to grab your attention. Designed by Dan Duckham and completed in 1971, the Palmer House features circular forms and an “organic” design that flows from room to room, an aesthetic the architect is known for. The mostly furnished, move-in ready home is located at 1420 Julie Lagoon on the west side of Florida and is offered at $350,000 — via Curbed
For 25-year-old New Zealander Max Betteridge, basalt fibre was a material he wanted to use even before he had a bike to try it out on.
In many ways, basalt is the new carbon, he tells us.
It has similar performance to carbon but at a lower price. What captured me was the subtle gold hue in its reflection — in contrast to carbon’s harsh weave, basalt appears almost black until the light hits it at just the right angle. Then it reveals a surreal depth — via Bike EXIF
There are still a few guys who know how to operate a lathe and build a frame by hand. And Max Hazan is in the top echelon—because he adds artistic vision and historical appreciation to create an intoxicating mix. Max is quite clear that this latest build isn’t designed for cross-country trips.
It’s just something that has two wheels and was fun to make, he says.
There was no intention of making something practical — via Bike EXIF
Les Troglodytes in Mouans-Sartoux is one of five
landscape houses produced by architect Jacques Couelle, this one dating back to 1962 and a heritage property in France. The design is all about organic shapes, a house designed to fit in with nature and its natural surroundings, intended as a contrast to the angular modernism that was popular in the day. The house can be found in a private and secure area above Cannes, offering amazing views to match the architecture. The asking price is €2,450,000 — via WowHaus