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
February 8, 2019
Monoarchi office renovation, Shanghai, China
Too often, we see office, residential, hospitality and retail design where the designer seems to have been unable to stop. Perhaps it is our minimalist...
February 7, 2019
Homecore Pop-Up Boutique, Champs Élysées, Paris
In 1992, Alexandre Guarneri and Steph Cop established men’s brand Homecore. It was France’s first streetwear/hip hop brand. The brand has evolved...
January 31, 2019
Nicole Farhi Left The Fashion Business To Focus On Sculpture
Nicole Farhi: Folds is an exhibition of sculptures of intriguing female nudes presented at Beaux Arts London for the next two months. Known as the...
January 28, 2019
Kutti Beach Residence, Vaucluse, Sydney, Australia
If you have the opportunity to build your dream house with views of Sydney Harbour, you are extremely lucky. A site at Kutti Beach in Vaucluse...
January 12, 2019
Merkato, Valencia, Spain
The revival and re-invention of old-style indoor public markets continues. We are seeing more open-plan spaces with stalls selling fresh food and...
December 13, 2018
Beefbar – Paris
For those of us more comfortable in minimalist settings, a richly ornate interior can quickly seem like a blur. Just too much of everything. Yet, we...
December 12, 2018
Wing Pen Drawings by Alessandro Paglia
Milanese artist is known for his photorealistic pen-and-ink drawings of pop-culture icons and familiar objects. His latest creations, however, are...
December 11, 2018
Milla Chocolates, Culver City, L.A – California
After operating a pop-up in Downtown Los Angeles’ Art District’s Row DTLA for a while, chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz opened her first Milla...
December 10, 2018
The Simple Life – Karen Cantuq
'The Simple Life' by Karen Cantuq from Mexico is a wonderful and mockingly playful composition incongruously placing a posing Astronaut in a...
December 6, 2018
The Rise of The Designer Bakery
Is there anything more basic, homey and familiar than a loaf of great bread? Yet it has become a luxury. More and more of us are sick of (literally...
November 30, 2018
Girafe Restaurant Designed by Joseph Dirand, Paris, France
Continuing their cooperation with Parisian architect Joseph Dirand, restaurateurs Gilles Malafosse and Laurent Geurcoff have opened their Girafe seafood...
November 30, 2018
Alice & Fifth Nightclub, Sandton, Johannesburg – South Africa
The latest nightlife hot spot in Johannesburg is Alice & Fifth. It advertises itself as an underground avant-garde venue and the address for luxury...