Think back 70 or 75 years to a time when design began to break away from the traditional and elaborate rationalism that had ensued for hundreds of years. As the styles of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Streamline and Zigzag Moderne emerged after the Industrial Revolution, designers as well as consumers fully embraced the Age of the Machine. Shiny chrome surfaces lay across curving forms or over expansive horizontal planes and glorified a dynamic new world on the move.
And suddenly, design was muted as World War II approached. Inspiration was buried away, along with some innovative and visually stunning design work. Skip ahead to 2005 when some curious members of BMW Classic opened a box and found the R7 bike 75 assembled – although not in shining condition. The engine was corroded, the metalwork was in dire shape, the battery was unusable, but the opportunity for restoration could not be ignored.
Various specialists at the BMW workshop discovered the original design drawings in the archive collections and conjured up the ghosts from Streamline Moderne’s past. Missing parts were sourced, others were rebuilt, the chrome was polished and the frame was painted black. And the final test, retuning the 1934 BMW motorcycle to the street, proved to be worth the wait nearly three quarters of a century later. – Andrew J Wiener via Bike Exif
May 25, 2017
Office of 1978 Cultural Creative Park, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Even in the best of circumstances, transforming a large former factory into a functional and appealing office space is a tough prospect. We have all...
May 22, 2017
Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, Singapore
On North Bridge Road in Singapore’s Bugis neighbourhood, the Parkview Square building has enjoyed a towering, iconic presence since its completion in...
May 5, 2017
B30 Governmental Offices, The Hague, The Netherlands
KAAN Architecten, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, has recently completed a large-scale re-imagining of a historic governmental building in The...
May 4, 2017
The Rise of The Designer Bakery
Is there anything more basic, homey and familiar than a loaf of great bread? Yet it has become a luxury. More and more of us are sick of (literally...
May 3, 2017
Cartier Precious Garage, Fuorisalone 2017, Milan
Since the early 1980s, Fuorisalone events and exhibitions during the Milan Design Week have grown grown from just a few happenings to an entire week’s...
April 30, 2017
Bon Bon Bar, Gothenburg, Sweden
The deliciously massive pink marshmallow sofa in Gothenburg’s newest bar/nightclub, Bon Bon Bar caught our attention first. It is the focal point...
April 27, 2017
In many cultures around the world, we are used to seeing and shopping for fresh items – vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, spices, bread or flowers – at...
April 17, 2017
Casa Kwantes – Rotterdam, The Netherlands
We love projects – buildings, interiors, products, events, experiences, stores – that combine well considered elements in a surprising way. We are...
April 13, 2017
56 Leonard Street, Tribeca, New York
The 60-storey residential tower at 56 Leonard Street in the Tribeca neighbourhood of New York has drawn attention from the very start. The...
April 12, 2017
The Farm in Gerringong, New South Wales, Australia
A young couple with small children wants to build a holiday home that feels like a home but at the same time can accommodate up to thirty family members...
April 11, 2017
Balloon Concerto – Federico Picci
In this digital work of art, Florence, Italy-based graphic designer, illustrator and animator Federico Picci has managed to create an illusion of music in...
April 4, 2017
Wieden + Kennedy, Shanghai Office
Like so many other firms, Wieden + Kennedy has re-considered its office environments to meet the changing needs and desires of its team members. In...