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 24, 2021
Tipo949, Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
The exterior of the Tipo949 renovation project by architects Raz Melamed and Omer Danan drew our attention first. We absolutely love the way this two-level apartment...
February 18, 2021
Villa La Grintosa, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy
Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is a resort destination in northern Sardinia, Italy. Parisian Architect and founder of Stera Architectures, Stefania Stera, grew up in this...
February 7, 2021
Residence DVB Knokke, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Built in the summer of 2020, DVB Knokke residence is a single-family house located in the province of West Flanders in the municipality of Knokke-Heist,...
January 23, 2021
nCAVED Vacation Residence – Serifos, Cyclades, Greece
Designed by Athens-based MOLD Architects nCAVED is currently high on our list of genuinely original yet refreshingly unpretentious vacation residences. The drama of the severe rocky...
January 22, 2021
Casa Mais Linda, Condomínio Terras de São José, Brazil
Casa Mais Linda (Most Beautiful House) is located in the historic municipality of Itu, about 100 kilometres west of the city of São Paulo in...
January 16, 2021
Bananananana Coffee, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
Instead of going for cozy or comfortable, the designers of Bananananana Coffee went for shock value in their design concept for the 60-square-metre (646 sq.ft)...
January 4, 2021
RN Residence, Itaúna, Minas Gerais, Brazil
RN Residence is a recreational property overlooking a massive dam in the small town of Itaúna in the State of Minas Gerais in the southeast...
December 7, 2020
Moore House Restoration, Los Feliz, Los Angeles
It is always risky to renovate a classic or potentially classic building. Is this really a classic and worth saving? Are the changes necessary? Will...
November 29, 2020
Historic Residence Renovation, Pacific Heights, San Francisco
A family of four had purchased a gorgeous, white Edwardian-style building on a hilly street corner in the historic Pacific Heights area of San Francisco...
November 28, 2020
Ando Japanese-Spanish Restaurant in Hong Kong
An eclectic fusion of styles, cuisines, cultural influences, traditions and urban settings was the inspiration and starting point for the dark and masculine design for...
November 27, 2020
Penthouse Loft Renovation in Greenwich Village, New York
A prolific home-swapper, art lover, entrepreneur and hotelier, Kevin Wendle is known to engage high-profile designers and architects in his extensive home renovations. In one...
November 24, 2020
Acne Studios, Stockholm Flagship Store Renovation
For many years. Swedish fashion brand Acne Studios has had its flagship store in the heart of Stockholm at Norrmalmstorg Square in a grand 19th-century...