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
January 12, 2018
Gaga Chef Restaurant, Shenzhen, China
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January 8, 2018
Franchise Freedom – BMW and Studio Drift at Art Basel Miami Beach (Partner Content)
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Roman and Williams Guild, New York
We are all getting tired of clinically sterile, copycat concept stores that seem lifeless and completely void of adventure, story or history. And the...
December 24, 2017
Nikunotoriko Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
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December 16, 2017
North Audley Cantine – Mayfair, London, UK
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December 15, 2017
Central Park Duplex, New York
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December 13, 2017
Vinos & Viandas Wine shop – Spain
We love design that makes a clear statement. Not a pretentiously pompous statement, but a statement that is deeply relevant to the project, has an...
December 7, 2017
TCH Xmas Gift Guide
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November 28, 2017
Stone Residence in Urbino, Italy
Architects Alice Gardini and Nicola Gibertini of Rimini, Italy-based GGA Gardini Gibertini Architetti have created an elegant single-family home...
November 24, 2017
Telegraf 7 – Office Building, Vienna, Austria
As banking has become just another online function, banks are no longer needed to house money or bankers. When postage stamps and telegrams have become...
November 21, 2017
Residence Remodel, Ascona, Switzerland
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November 20, 2017
Neobio Kids Restaurant, Shanghai, China
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