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
October 18, 2021
HEYTEA, Xi’an, China
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October 16, 2021
Hamptons Barn House, Amagansett, New York, USA
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October 7, 2021
Blue Bottle Café, Osaka, Japan
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October 4, 2021
Estro, Italian Restaurant, Hong Kong
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September 24, 2021
Pera Perou Luxury Villas, Kefalonia, Greece
The brand-new Pera Perou villas are located on the mountainous, sun-baked Kefalonia, an island in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece. With its colourful history...
September 5, 2021
Metrick Cottage and Boathouse, Lake Joseph, Ontario, Canada
A transformation from devout urbanites to resolute cottage-dwellers was unlikely for Torontonians Renee and Ken Metrick, their sons Andrew and Jamie and their families. They...
September 1, 2021
Farmhouse Residence in Provence, France
Monegasque Christopher Poyet and Parisian Emil Humbert established their Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet design agency in 2007. Over the years, their well-publicized luxurious projects have range...
September 1, 2021
Ruixiang Dental Clinic, Wenzhou City, Zheijang Province, China
The need to upgrade the design of medical and dental offices has been talked and written about for at least three decades. Yet real change...
August 23, 2021
Laurel Canyon Residence, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sophisticated but practical would be an appropriate description of the large new family home in Laurel Canyon with interior design by West Hollywood-based Studio Lifestyle....
August 23, 2021
Pacific Palisades Residence, Los Angeles, California, USA
First, it is the height, the arches and the whiteness that attract our eyes and strike us as amazing about the main lounge of the...
August 22, 2021
Warehouse Gym, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Those endless rows of black equipment. The overall feel of a gym. We are hoping that one day, someone will disrupt this segment and decide...
August 20, 2021
Theorem Winery, Calistoga, California, USA
Theorem Vineyards is one of many wineries located in Calistoga in the Diamond Mountain area of California’s Napa Valley. This region is known as a world-class...