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
August 21, 2017
Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet, Electric Super-Luxury Concept Car
Spectators at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance were struggling to fit the entire length of the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6...
August 10, 2017
The New Work Project Co-working Space, Brooklyn – NYC
We find it slightly surprising that co-working spaces are still popping up all around the globe. But perhaps we should not feel that way. After all,...
August 7, 2017
A Northern California Dream Home
Three features attracted us to this multi-generational Northern California home. First we noticed the harmonious interplay of subtle patterns and...
August 3, 2017
A Duplex With Scandinavian Mood In Manhattan
An interior design project of a massive duplex space in Manhattan, just steps from the Hudson River, with a price tag we guesstimate to be somewhere...
July 28, 2017
Glass Sculptures In The Shape of Plastic Bags
These hollow and solid sculptures in the shape of water filled plastic bags examine the boundaries of human perception by manipulating light and space...
July 27, 2017
Holiday Residence in Tuscany, Italy
The soon 60 year-old Gonzaga-born, Milan-educated Italian designer and architect, Vincenzo De Cotiis, is a master of the kind of balance we love. We...
July 14, 2017
Black Balloons, Tadao Cern, Vilnus, Lithuania
Vilnus, Lithuania-based artist Tadas Cerniauskas who uses the name Tadao Cern has been experimenting with balloons for some time. His concept...
July 11, 2017
Spiga – Hong Kong
Michelin-starred Italian chef Enrico Bartolini’s first fine dining restaurant in Hong Kong is Spiga. Spiga took over the space on 31 Queen’s Road...
July 7, 2017
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
The incredible work of Dublin-based O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects for the Central European University can be fully appreciated only by first...
July 6, 2017
Zhongshuge Book Store, Chengdu, China
Odd as it may seem, we believe that bookstores are coming back. Yes, books are one of the easiest items to buy online and various reading devices have...
July 3, 2017
Louise Liljencrantz Design, Stockholm, Sweden
Scandinavian, mid-century modernist, minimalist. The style of Stockholm-based interior designer Louise Liljencrantz is all of these. As is the style of...
June 29, 2017
Thunder Clouds – Will Eades
A compelling study of the colour blue. A captivating illustration of a singular moment of perfect natural light. An absorbing and enthralling...