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
December 15, 2017
Central Park Duplex, New York
Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a view of Central Park – these are not the typical location descriptions of a home for a family of five. Unless...
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
Whisky glasses, decanter, brass sculpture 2018 Diaries, candle and perfume Animal money boxes - In-store only Ted Pim Flower oil...
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
The town of Ascona by Lake Maggiore in Ticino in southern Switzerland is rich in Roman and medieval, and even prehistoric, history. Its architecture is...
November 20, 2017
Neobio Kids Restaurant, Shanghai, China
The recently completed Neobio Kids’ Restaurant in Shanghai is a pastel-hued world of balloon and cloud shapes that decorate the various activity...
November 12, 2017
Alessandro Paglia – Pen Drawings
Hailing from Milan, the Italian capital of design, Alessandro Paglia has always been fascinated by the sheer elegant simplicity of that most classic of...
November 10, 2017
Damião de Góis Museum, Alenquer, Portugal
It is a rare pleasure to run into a design project that stuns in its intelligent simplicity. When the designers have had the wisdom, courage and...
October 29, 2017
Salon Odes in Odessa, Ukraine
Young, Kiev, Ukraine-based architect, Emil Dervish teams up with many interior designers on his commercial and residential projects. Salon Odes in...
October 24, 2017
Leo’s Nightclub – London
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, founders of Milan-based Dimore Studio (in 2003) are completely at home in dramatic surroundings. Quite literally. In...
October 19, 2017
Socks and sandals are a no-no. Except if your socks are of velvet and your sandals the latest designer footwear. Velvet is turning up everywhere right...