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
July 19, 2016
Postures by Carl Kleiner
The melancholy mood of Stockholm-based photographer Carl Kleiner’s photography series, Postures, proves that while some of us may be talented in...
July 16, 2016
Campari Offices, Toronto – Canada
After acquiring the Forty Creek Whisky distillery in Grimsby, Ontario, in 2014, Campari Canada has systematically increased its presence in...
July 15, 2016
This Is Someone’s Garage in Thailand
Arisara Chaktranon and Shiriyot Chaiamnuay, founders (in 2007) of Onion architecture in Bangkok, Thailand, first received a commission to create a...
July 12, 2016
REDValentino Store – Rome, Italy
Pink has never been our go-to color to start with and more often than not, its use is just too much to handle for most designers. But, as always, we...
July 11, 2016
The Trip – A Spin Class Through TRON – New Zealand
Starting with Pump in 1990, Les Mills has become synonymous with exercise-to-music fitness programs in more than 80 countries. Since that time, Les...
July 10, 2016
Paintbar Nail Bar – Raleigh, North Carolina
Pink is a polarizing colour. Everyone has a reaction to it. While you haven’t seen much pink on these pages in the past decade, we are all for fairy...
July 9, 2016
Vivax Communications Group – Riga, Latvia
If you wish to make a dramatic impression with interior design, one sure-fire way is to use the largest surface available for the boldest possible...
July 7, 2016
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July 6, 2016
Le Coucou, New York
Big names have swirled around the former Holiday Inn hotel building at 11 Howard Street in New York. First, German-born real-estate tycoon Abe Rose...
July 4, 2016
Club Lexy – Zurich
Zürich, Switzerland-based Dryer-Smith Fray have recently completed the concept and interior design for Club Lexy, a cool new nightclub located at...
July 3, 2016
MLA House – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Located in Jardim Paulistano, one of the most affluent districts of the 11-million-resident city of São Paulo, Brazil, this house has all the makings...
June 29, 2016
House IV in Eindhoven – Netherlands
Here we go again, covering yet another house that looks like a parking lot of oblong white boxes. Yes, one might think so, but in this one – as in all...