Category Archives: Design

Behold: the 1987 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe – an ultra rare variant of the E24 6-series and one of only 17 equipped with a catalytic converter resulting in slightly less horsepower (320bhp) but more torque ( 520 nm at 2,400 rpm as opposed to 512 nm at 3,000 rpm).

This B7, which had its interior reupholstered in red leather with sport seats shortly after leaving the factory, can be yours for €160,000.

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A fascinating mini documentary by Kevin Staake, appropriately tilt-shifted to illustrate the morbid miniatures of Abigail Goldman.

Goldman – an artist,  former reporter and current public defender at Bellingham, Washington – creates dioramas of death and destruction based on the gruesome crime scene photos and autopsies she observes in the course of her day job.

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1980s ‘woonball’ housing in the Dutch municipality of Hertogenbosch, north-west of Eindhoven.

Designed by the late Dutch artist and architect Dries Kreijkamp and still fully occupied 35 years on, the 5.5m diameter PVC bubbles of the ‘Bolwoningen’ sit on cast concrete plinths with an internal staircases connecting two bedrooms on the bottom floor, a kitchen and bathroom on the first and living space with a panoramic view up top.

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A 751-piece monochromatic tribute to the 1928 cartoon that introduced the world to Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  

The set features hidden wheels, moving steam pipes and crane, rotating paddle wheels, special Mickey and Minnie monochrome minifigs, Mickey’s parrot, Minnie’s guitar and music sheet, and a “potato bin”.

€90 from LEGO.

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Three dimensional paper typography by Portland-based artist and graphic designer Alia Bright – writ large in elegantly combined colours, curves and shadows.

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Behold: the 1973 Maserati Bora 4.9 Coupe.

Designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro (who also designed the Boomerang and the Ghibli), the Bora was Maserati’s first mid-engined, independently suspended chassis and an icon of 1970s automotive design.

This particular champagne coloured V8 was completely restored in 1989 and can be yours for a trifling €245,500.

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A 2018 audio-visual work by Belgian artist Joanie Lemercier that explores the vastness of the Cosmos using 3D orbs and morphing geometries projected onto water particles over a rippling water surface with an accompanying soundscape provided by Paul Jebanasam.

Currently on a tour of the Universe, starting on Earth.

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Originally released in 2016 to publicise the Shin Godzilla movie (now only available on the secondary market for a 500%+ markup), these Kaiju figurines of monsters with their heads hung solemnly at a press conference are a respectful nod to an important part of Japanese culture: the apology – through which balance and harmony in society are maintained.

From top: Godzilla apologizing for destructive vandalism (破壊行為), Mechagodzilla for imitation and copyright infringement (模倣行為) and King Ghidorah for aggressive invasion (侵略行為). 

That’s Hedorah on the right in the last pic.

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Behold: the Roland Gumpert Nathalie – an electric vehicle that refuels with methanol (in less than 3 minutes) creating hydrogen which powers a fuel cell to generate electricity.

A  fully functional concept for a not-too-difficult to envisage world where regular filling stations have methanol pumps, the Nathalie delivers a 0-100km/h time of 2,5 seconds, a top speed of 306km/h and an 850km range, producing only CO2 and water as byproducts of combustion (though the manufacturer claims the process is carbon neutral.)

Yours for between €300,000 and €500,000 (considerably cheaper than most of its rivals in the rarified e-hypercar segment)

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