Design | BMW Celebrates Its Centennial With AI-Powered Autonomous “Vision Next 100” Concept

March 7, 2016  |  Design, Tech  |  Comments Off on Design | BMW Celebrates Its Centennial With AI-Powered Autonomous “Vision Next 100” Concept

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To celebrate the pioneering German aircraft engine maker-turned motorcycle manufacturer-turned top-$elling luxury car marque, BMW, the brand has manifested its prediction of what a motoring experience will look like a century from now with its new BMW Vision Next 100 concept. Unveiled today at the company’s centenary celebration kickoff event, the elegantly-designed, yet clumsily named vehicle is a sedan in the copper-toned skin of a sports coupe whose driver interface will be Read More

Design | Austin’s Torchy’s Tacos is a New Midcentury Modern Masterpiece

March 2, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Design | Austin’s Torchy’s Tacos is a New Midcentury Modern Masterpiece

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While most American towns are mourning the continuing loss of their most iconic midcentury modern food palaces as they’re torn down to make way for bland new condos and parking lots, Austin is busy building new ones like the new Torchy’s Tacos that’s just opened its doors on South Congress. Designed by Austin-based Chioco Design, the location stands on the site of the iconic 70s  burger chain Fran’s Hamburgers, and honors its legacy with an incredible new zig-zag structure that’ll Read More

Design | Rediscovering a Newly-Restored Sci-Fi Midcentury Masterpiece Home in France

February 29, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Design | Rediscovering a Newly-Restored Sci-Fi Midcentury Masterpiece Home in France

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An obscure master of organic modernism, the late Hungarian architect Antti Lovag (1920 – 2014) created his newly-restored sci-fi masterpiece, Maison Bernard in Théoule sur Mer, in the south of France, for the industrialist Pierre Bernard and his family on the coast of South France in the 1970s out of concrete and steel the way a sculptor would approach a pile of clay, with no formal plans, blueprints, or Read More

James Goldstein Donates Famed John Lautner “Big Lebowski” Midcentury Masterpiece Home to LACMA

February 21, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on James Goldstein Donates Famed John Lautner “Big Lebowski” Midcentury Masterpiece Home to LACMA

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One of the most inspiring private homes in LA is now officially in the hands of one of its foremost public institutions after the ultra-eccentric James Goldstein donated his renowned John Lautner midcentury masterpiece, the famed Sheats-Goldstein Residence to LACMA. Perhaps best known as the home of pornographer and Dude nemesis Jackie Treehorn in the Cohen Brothers 1998 masterpiece, The Big Lebowski, the home was designed and built between 1961 and 1963 by American architect John Lautner in Read More

Damien Hirst Opens New Pill-Themed Pharmacy 2 Restaurant in London

February 21, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Damien Hirst Opens New Pill-Themed Pharmacy 2 Restaurant in London

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For many, Damien Hirst‘s art is the visual equivalent of Valium (or worse, Ipecac) these days, but for the faithful (and the new money art collectors who don’t yet know better), Hirst’s work can now be experienced immersively over dinner at his new restaurant, Pharmacy 2. Created in conjunction with Hirst’s celebrity chef buddy Mark Hix 13 years after his original Pharmacy restaurant closed, the new eatery is housed within the artist’s own Newport Street Gallery in  in Vauxhall, London which Hirst uses to Read More

Design | The Evolution of The Porsche 911 in Under 90 Seconds

February 20, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Design | The Evolution of The Porsche 911 in Under 90 Seconds

Aside from it’s uglier cousin the VW Beetle, no other automotive silhouette has proved as enduring and influential as the iconic Porsche 911. Beginning life in 1963 (originally as the “901”), the classic rear-engined, air-cooled bubble-topped 2+2 was an instant hit and its indelible shape has stood the test of time as a high water mark in evolutionary design. Now, to pay homage, Donut Media has created an animated tribute that traces over 50 years of its DNA evolution. Read More

Digital Artist Chris Labrooy’s Visual Tales of “Auto-Elasticity”

February 20, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Digital Artist Chris Labrooy’s Visual Tales of “Auto-Elasticity”

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Uk-based digital artist Chris Labrooy‘s latest installment in his “Auto-Elasticity” series finds him drawing from Japan’s rich car culture to depict iconic tuner favorites the Honda NSX, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Skyline GTR and the Toyota AE86 in various states of visual entanglement in a setting inspired by Tokyo and Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower. Read More

Design | Gearhead Geek Creates Fully Functional V8 Engine Out of Paper

February 15, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Design | Gearhead Geek Creates Fully Functional V8 Engine Out of Paper

Like millions of Americans, designer Aliaksei Zholner is an avid gearhead. Unlike those millions of other gearheads who work in the traditional materials of aluminum, steel, and iron, Zholner creates his intricate engines almost entirely out of paper. His newest microscopic creation is an incredible & fully-functional miniature V8 engine that is only 32mm long, purrs like a Hemi, and runs entirely on the ultimate eco fuel: Read More

Design | Carmaker NanoFlow Introduces Radical New Electrolyte-Fueled Quantino

February 10, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Design | Carmaker NanoFlow Introduces Radical New Electrolyte-Fueled Quantino

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While eco nerds everywhere are focused on ugly EVs (that includes you, Tesla) that have to be plugged into the wall like a lamp, Liechtenstein-based auto startup NanoFlowcell (hopefully they’re still working on that name) has announced plans to put their new Quantino 2+2 seater that runs exclusively on the company’s trademark electrolyte fuel into production. Featuring radical design language throughout and powered by four Read More

Design | The Incredible Cantilevered Crossed House by Clavel Arquitectos

February 4, 2016  |  Design  |  Comments Off on Design | The Incredible Cantilevered Crossed House by Clavel Arquitectos

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Forward-thinking Spanish architecture firm Clavel Arquitectos has created an incredible new cantilevered residence Crossed House in Spain’s Murcia region. Fabricated in concrete, the home was designed to offer views of the surrounding Valle del Ricote  & Sierra de la Pila mountains while creating protected & shaded outdoor spaces. To achieve this, the team, led by   Read More