Design

Thayer Residence / NMA Architects

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

Design

Ruins Studio / Lily Jencks Studio + Nathanael Dorent Architecture

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

Art

Geometric Pattern: Diamond Split / Red Wolf

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Wildlife

Meet the Dog Protecting Planes From Bird Strikes / Great Big Story

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce, it’s Piper the Aviation Bird Dog, ready for duty. Alongside his handler Brian Edwards, the dynamic duo protects the planes at Cherry Capital Airport from bird strikes. Birds can pose a huge threat to flight safety, but when they see Piper on his way, geese, ducks and gulls flee the runways. It’s an important job, but not one without its share of fun — via Youtube

Design

Los Terrenos / Tatiana Bilbao

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

Design

Kelys and Chirp / MB&F + Reuge + Nicolas Court

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

Design

RCM-431 / AC Sanctuary

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

Design

Pond House / Will Bruder Architects

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

Design

£70,000 Patek Philippe vs £4,000 Omega / Watchfinder & Co

Watchfinder & Co presents:

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

Design

Custer Parkway Renovation / Tavis Westbrook + Charles Bobo

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.

Located at 2300 Custer Parkway, the property, renovated by designer Tavis Westbrook and architect Charles Bobo, is offered at $1.2 million — via Curbed

Art

Wood & Glass / Scott Slagerman + Jim Fishman

Resin is often used creatively to fill in the gaps wooden shapes, but these vases take the opposite approach and employ sliced logs with waned edges as a framing device rather than making it the primary focus of the work. Los Angeles artist Scott Slagerman worked with Jim Fishman on this Wood & Glass collection, in which each vase is blown into a wooden void — via Urbanist

Weird

Christmas Meat Orders / Scarfolk Council

Scarfolk’s Dr Hushson, who surgically adapted children into kitchen utensils for the catering industry, also genetically modified children to grow a variety of foods on, and in, their bodies (see Discovering Scarfolk p. 120-123).

Taking sausage DNA, Hushson created the sausage orphan, which genetically substituted a child’s face — something Hushson had long considered redundant — with a sausage or luncheon meat.

By the end of the 1970s, sausage orphans or kids in blankets had become a traditional part of a Scarfolk Christmas lunch. Orders were taken weeks in advance and in the days leading up to the festivities, frightened sausage orphans would huddle together in meat curing/smoking rooms to await their fate — via Scarfolk Council

Art

Geometric Pattern: Layered Hexagon / Red Wolf

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Design

Kiah House / Austin Maynard Architects

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

Design

Northern Hotel / AGR Mackenzie

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

Design

BMW R51/2 Restomod / Kontrast Kreations

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

Design

Hero Xtreme 150 / VR Customs

Starting with what’s essentially a pizza delivery bike, Marc and Alan at VR Customs decided that hard tail retro drag bike was the way to go. Even though this Hero Xtreme 150 won’t quite do an 11-second quarter mile, it’s by far the coolest delivery bike we’ve ever laid eyes on — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Weave / Red Wolf

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