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
March 27, 2017
Vlisco’s Fabric Exhibition at Museum Helmond, The Netherlands
Many fascinating stories of colonialism, manufacturing, selling, trading, culture, design and art make up the 170-year history of the iconic Dutch...
March 26, 2017
Leaf House, Melbourne, Australia
In this residential reconfiguration project in Melbourne, many restricting factors could have discouraged the home owner and the architect. The site...
March 23, 2017
Avenue Montaigne Apartment By Joseph Dirand
In long-ago times, artists, sculptors, designers, architects – if they were supremely lucky – gained a benefactor, a royal patron, a life-saver...
March 20, 2017
MK House, Antwerp, Belgium
MK house is a recently renovated heritage-listed townhouse from the early 1800’s located in the historic centre of Antwerp. Brussels-based Nicolas...
February 28, 2017
Nanan Patiserie, Wroclaw, Poland
Every sweet tooth in Wroclaw, Poland, can now stay in home territory if they wish to indulge in eclairs, macaroons, fantastic mini-cakes and other sweet...
February 27, 2017
Clerkenwell Grind, London
Melbourne-based Biasol designed the latest version of the eight-location London Grind by Grind & Co The Clerkenwell Grind is a lofty two-story...
February 15, 2017
The Wet Kiss – Marius Sperlich
Red parted lips, opalescent teeth and partly closed eyes may at first suggest an erotic encounter in this latest piece by German based photographer...
February 8, 2017
Mr. Simon – Udine, Italy
New restaurants, bars and, hotels keep popping up constantly. But for all the endless talk about customer experience we, the customers, are still left...
February 1, 2017
Baiser Bar – Xanthi, Greece
Baiser is a bar that has done brisk business for a decade in Xanthi in north-eastern Greece. When the owner approached Tessaloniki-based architect,...
January 28, 2017
Experimentarium – Hellerup, Denmark
In Denmark, a cool re-iteration of the Experimentarium science centre has just opened and its show piece is a massive staircase. It is one of the...
January 24, 2017
Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood, London
At Rosewood London Hotel, you can now buy your art and eat it, too. Executive pastry chef Mark Perkins is taking High Tea to new artistic heights at...
January 16, 2017
Hikari Yakitori Bar, Valencia, Spain
Confusion is easy, clarity is difficult. We keep repeating this because we see proof of it daily. We all do. We see and experience examples of this...