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
September 23, 2016
The work of the French multi-disciplinary designer-turned-science-based-artist, Mathieu Lehanneur is turning up everywhere. His installations, often...
September 22, 2016
LA Quinta, California, Vacation Residence
We love the harmonious proportions and the balance of form and colour of this La Quinta, California, single-family vacation house. Our favourite...
September 21, 2016
Crew Collective Co-Working Share Space – Montreal, Canada
A café, a large co-working space and a company headquarters for a young startup. Nothing new in this combination, not even in the fact that this is all...
September 20, 2016
Winter cottage, Sirdalen Valley, Norway
This striking ‘winter cottage’ is already quite nicely settled in the mountainside, but in a few seasons, it will be even more so, say its designers...
September 19, 2016
Clean, classic lines and a graciously achieved balance of 90-deree angles create a timeless harmony that we just cannot resist. When you add a...
September 8, 2016
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September 6, 2016
Middletown Cafe, Prahran – Melbourne
Brunch is the new dinner. For those who love food and enjoy eating with friends, brunch has become a strong alternative to the perhaps more demanding...
September 4, 2016
CJ Hendry – Bronzed Trophy Series
New York-based Australian artist, CJ Hendry is dipping again. After her famous work based on dipping a pair of Nike Air Mags in black paint,...
August 26, 2016
NGRS Recruiting Company HQ
The classy office of Moscow-based NGRS (Next Generation Recruitment Services) brought on two flashbacks from our fairly recent articles. First, we...
August 19, 2016
Green Is In
Green is in. In more ways than one. We are seeing more plants and greenery in designer homes, hotels, restaurants, offices and public spaces than ever...
August 18, 2016
Maike Metals Commodity Exchange Center, Xi’an, China
China’s Maike Metals Group’s MCEC Midwest Commodity Exchange Center is an impressive set of three towers connected at the base by a joint...
August 13, 2016
Gwen Restaurant & Butcher Shop, Hollywood
We are seeing chandeliers, marble, brass, tiled floors and plush furniture in more places now than ever before. Art Deco is coming back. Again. In LA,...