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 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...
August 6, 2018
Cube Law firm office, Antwerp, Belgium
There’s nothing new about dark wood, marble and leather-topped desks in lawyers’ offices, but even the traditional approach does not need to be...
August 5, 2018
XYZ Lounge, Zeebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium
In Ghent’s storied Zebrastraat complex, Paris-based architect and artist Didier Fiúza Faustino has created an intriguing bar-entrance area...
July 31, 2018
Benguela Cove Residence, Overberg, South Africa
This sublime residence is located above the luxurious Benguela Cove Wine Estate in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa. The house...
July 21, 2018
ORO Tiramisu, Shanghai, China
Arches and rounded corners, shiny brass, pink velvet upholstery, black marble – these are ingredients we have seen in numerous projects before. But...
July 18, 2018
Mia Yoga, Moscow, by Harry Nuriev of Crosby Studios
Is Mia Yoga in Moscow the beginning of a new minty-green period for Harry Nuriev, the reigning monarch of Instagrammable design? Indeed, we...
July 9, 2018
Tartuferia San Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
By combining truffles, minimalistic restaurant design and nature, architects Mariana Garcia Oliveira and Filipi Oliveira created a beautiful pop-up...
June 27, 2018
White Horse Print – Petros Koublis
The image of the horse holds a unique position in the human psyche. In art, it has long been depicted as an icon of civilization, spanning from the...
June 7, 2018
Khromis Eye Wear, PoHo, Hong Kong
Khromis eye wear is located in PoHo, one of Hong Kong’s hip neighbourhoods-to-watch, a cul-de-sac of Po Hing Fong Street in Sheung Wan. The sleek yet...
June 6, 2018
New Ted Pim Flower Paintings
We have had the pleasure of representing the work of Northern Irish artist Ted Pim exclusively for over a year, and in that time, we have already...
June 5, 2018
Sinan Books, Shanghai, China
As books are perfect for online shopping, bookstores have failed to attract shoppers back although they have offered cozy reading nooks and trendy cafes,...