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
October 11, 2018
Chaps & Co., Dubai
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Aman Tokyo – A Resort In The Sky (Review)
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September 23, 2018
SPINE Rooftop Lounge, Waterfront City, Beirut, Lebanon
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September 21, 2018
Chez Claire éclair Boutique, Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium
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September 18, 2018
Harbook bookstore, Hangzhou, China
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September 15, 2018
Kennedy Apartment, Paris, France
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September 12, 2018
Sant Martí House, Catalonia, Spain
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September 8, 2018
Crystal Cordless Lamps
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September 6, 2018
Casa C3, Marina Lancheros, Ancon, Peru
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August 28, 2018
MRBL Apartment, Yaroslavl, Russia
A professional Russian couple who have a crash pad in Moscow was looking for a main residence in Yaroslavl, Russia, a city located 250 kilometres (160...
August 6, 2018
City Loft G, Antwerp, Belgium
A city crash pad for a busy internationally travelling bachelor. It could be tempting for a designer to go overboard with an opportunity such as...