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
May 11, 2018
Retro Minimalist house, Cupertino, California
An impossible site in the steep hills over Cupertino. Deemed unbuildable for generations. It would have been built on if it were possible. The...
May 10, 2018
“Night Fever” Exhibition – Vitra Design Museum, Germany
One might think that a disco is the last place to look for design inspiration, but like everything else, time heals all wounds. What once was the latest...
April 26, 2018
Gravity Print Series – Massimo Colonna
In this series titled ‘Gravity’, Italian digital artist Massimo Colonna’s work echoes the minimal, stark simplicity of the modernist artists of...
April 19, 2018
Boston House, Steven Harris Architects
Steven Harris Architects, the multiple award winning architectural firm established in 1985 and based in Tribeca New York, has been involved in numerous...
April 17, 2018
Le Cabanon Vacation Residence by Rick Joy Architects, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Already in its second year of existence, Le Cabanon is looking more elegant than ever. Designed by the Tucson, Arizona-based Rick Joy Architects, the...
April 9, 2018
Ideas Lab, Shanghai, China
The Ideas Lab in Shanghai, China, is yet another bold project by architect-designer Li Xiang, founder of X+Living. Her team for this project included...
April 6, 2018
Pen Drawing of a BMW R12 Motorcycle – Alessandro Paglia
BMW R12 is a pre-World War II boxer-class motorcycle. A total of 36,000 R12 motorcycles were produced in Munich, Germany between 1935 and...
March 29, 2018
Patom Organic Living, Bangkok, Thailand
Unlike many pretentious and forced ‘lifestyle’ store concepts that attempt to combine products and services that do not feel natural together...
March 29, 2018
The Pink Zebra – The Feast India Co., Kanpur, India
For us lovers of minimalism and clean design it is quite astonishing how often we find ourselves commenting on something that is neither. And when...
March 2, 2018
Casaplata – Seville, Spain
Casaplata is an unusually fresh-looking, newly reimagined restaurant and cocktail bar in the old quarter of Seville, Spain. While many renovations in...
February 28, 2018
Young designers, Zhang Yufan and Ha Da, who established their interior design studio, NA-DECO in Nanjing City, China, in 2015, took on a tough...
February 27, 2018
Wing Pen Drawings by Alessandro Paglia
Milanese artist and photographer Alessandro Paglia is known for his photorealistic pen-and-ink drawings of pop-culture icons and familiar objects. His...