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 23, 2018
Balloon Concerto Series – Federico Picci
In this digital work of art, Florence, Italy-based graphic designer, illustrator and animator Federico Picci has managed to create an illusion of...
February 12, 2018
Ring House, Agia Galini, Crete, Greece
Between 2012-2013 Athens, Greece-based decaACHITECTURE designed the concept and master plan for a stunning three-building compound, Galinis Gorges,...
February 8, 2018
De Waterhond, Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Offices are so last decade. Everyone is a free agent now – especially in the so-called creative fields – and telecommutes, works from home, at cafes...
February 5, 2018
MaMa Kelly, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
If you don’t like pink – the so-called Millennial Pink or any other hue of it – or if you don’t like chicken or lobster, then MaMa...
January 12, 2018
Gaga Chef Restaurant, Shenzhen, China
A large, new restaurant, Gaga Chef, is turning heads in Shenzhen, China. Not only is the interior elegantly understated, the Gaga (Shenzhen GAGA...
January 8, 2018
Franchise Freedom – BMW and Studio Drift at Art Basel Miami Beach (Partner Content)
Many of us have watched the spectacular formations that small migrating birds such as swallows and starlings form in the sky. In a miraculous...
December 29, 2017
Roman and Williams Guild, New York
We are all getting tired of clinically sterile, copycat concept stores that seem lifeless and completely void of adventure, story or history. And the...
December 24, 2017
Nikunotoriko Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
Just show us a description of a restaurant, store or hotel that includes the words “authentic experience” and “unique environment” – usually...
December 16, 2017
North Audley Cantine – Mayfair, London, UK
This has certainly been the year for 1940’s Hollywood vibe in bars and restaurants. Pastel pink hues, plush velvet upholstery, curvy shapes and shiny...
December 15, 2017
Central Park Duplex, New York
Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a view of Central Park – these are not the typical location descriptions of a home for a family of five. Unless...
December 13, 2017
Vinos & Viandas Wine shop – Spain
We love design that makes a clear statement. Not a pretentiously pompous statement, but a statement that is deeply relevant to the project, has an...
December 7, 2017
TCH Xmas Gift Guide
Whisky glasses, decanter, brass sculpture 2018 Diaries, candle and perfume Animal money boxes - In-store only Ted Pim Flower oil...