From Cyber Trucks, to Cyber Phones, to a Cyber House – now this…a Cyber Mansion, when will it ever end? Cyberhouse Life is a concept from architect Alex Wyzhevsky that looks like it could easily be out of the next Bond film. Nestled in a picturesque mountain this dwelling actually consists of two buildings – a house and garage. We could go with some sort of architectural spiel, but why? Just look at it! So we’ll just give you the basics. The mansion is 1,370-square-meters with glazed walls, and is constructed of monolithic concrete, heavy-duty steel, and bulletproof glass. There you go, start dreaming.
He’s back, that’s right, everyone’s favourite architectural host extraordinaire Kevin McCloud is touring Australia with his “The World According to Kevin” show. After many trips to Australia, he’s finally making his way to Tasmania (Wrest Point Casino, Tuesday 25th February). The most recent episode screened in Australia over the weekend was on North Cornwall couple Harry and Briony Anscombe who wanted a replica of the Ben Rose House from the 1980’s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The UK couple got close to their dream, however minor modifications were needed due to budget. Overall they did a pretty good job with the modifications which they felt gave their property a personal twist on the original design by A. James Speyer. The original home from this 1980’s cult classic in Highland Park, Illinois sold for $1.06M in 2014 which is a lot less than the asking price of $2.3M in 2009. It’s not just famous because it was that house of Ferris’s friend Cameron Fright (the scene of the Ferrari been kicked out of the window is priceless) it’s also famous in its own right. So we thought in honour of Mr McCloud we’d take a closer look at what is also known as the Ben Rose Pavilion House designed by A. James Speyer in 1953. It’s hard to believe this 4 bedroom house was a struggle to sell, I mean it was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and by a world renowned architect, but that wasn’t enough, why?
Floor-to-ceiling windows make it expensive to heat. Photo: Supplied
Whilst the design created a magnificent floating immersion into the stark beauty of the Illinios landscape with floor-to-ceiling windows on nearly every wall (a unique design aesthetic inspired by “The Glass Pavilion House” by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe) it does not take into account the extreme cold weather that Illinois experiences. It seems buyers rate cozy cold-weather comfort and energy cost cutting above glacial iconic design.
1953 Ben Rose House. Ferrari waiting to be kicked out the window. Photo: Supplied.
Harry and Briony Anscombe house in North Cornwall. Photo: Grand Designs Magazine.
Melissa Lockley, Arts Correspondant TheNews.com.au
Those guys at Caviar have done it again by pimping out the Apple iPhone 11 Pro. The Caviar Cyberphone is inspired by the Tesla Truck. Encased in a stunning titanium overhaul, the phone still retains the 3 cameras and has the spec boost of a titanium panel covering the screen that also acts as a stand. We hope that the screen is tougher than the cybertrucks windows, which were meant to be indestructible yet epically failed at the launch after a metal ball was thrown at the trucks window at the live demonstration, and you guessed it – smashed. You’d better hurry they’re selling fast at a cool $10,600 (Pro Max 512Gb).
Titanium panel covering the screen
Doubles as a stand
Pro and Pro Max
Well it was only a matter of time before one of the most recognisable stadiums in the world would be given the Lego treatment. Old Trafford, the home of one of the greatest soccer (football) clubs of all time Manchester United is the second largest stadium in the UK behind Wembley, and hosted some of the greatest matches of all time. The set consists of 3,898 pieces and includes the famous stands of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby.
Also not forgotten is the Manchester United Trinity of George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton forever immortalised in Lego. Perfect gift for any Red Devil fan!
Take Me Home, United Road
To The Place I Belong
To Old Trafford
To See United
Take Me Home, United Road
Coming soon, $345 AUD. GOALLLLLLLL !
Of all the things we could have shown you from CES 2020 in Las Vegas (Consumer Electronics Show) which ranged from driverless cars, rotating TV’s, smart bins, headless robot cats (that’s right) this is probably the standout (well for style anyway) – the “Roland Facet Grand Piano”. The concept was conceived in 2015 for the Roland’s Digital Piano Design Awards by the winner Korean industrial designer Jong Chan. His design was motivated by polyhedrons and named ‘Facet’ – inspired by crystalline structures. The angular build gives an amazing experience of sound for both player and audience combined with a visionary aesthetic. Flat-panel speakers are in the base that which flow through the outer frame.
At this stage Roland has said it’s not going to be a product and has no plan for production which would probably devastate the Piano Man himself Billy Joel.
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“It isn’t easy here. It never has been. People said it was impossible, and for too long we believed it. This is why, for Tasmanians, good enough is never good enough. We work harder, we follow our obsessions, we support one another, and we protect what makes this place different.
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Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Here at TheNews.com.au we take pleasure in promoting Australian artistic talent, and Tasmanian Photographer Joshua Vince fits the bill with his stunning photography. Joshua has released a Calender showcasing his work for 2020 called MMXX. Featuring evocative landscape images of the wilderness, his body of work captures the many moods of unique Tasmanian landscapes. Upon viewing Joshua’s work an instant immersion into the scenery takes place, followed by awe.
Some of his photos see us immersed in mysterious passages of water flowing around massive numinous grey immovable stone landmarks. Stark contrasts of black and white through to delicate ephemeral shades of grey create a mystery of otherness – a beauty in starkness. They evoke feelings of something yet to reach, but not forgotten.
Caves on the Tasman Peninsula
Other photos are taken from a ground perspective, with majestic lichen rich boulders rising as megalithic giants. Foregrounds of burnt umber and raw sienna on a background of shifting grey enhance the depth of the images as majestically mysterious monuments, leading our eyes to exquisitely warm distant backgrounds of sinking sunsets and a distant sunrise that recreate an almost forgotten wonder – a true connection to nature, a oneness almost tantalisingly out of reach. Beyond the monumental landmarks Josh creates an ephemeral and hauntingly beautiful daydream that calls to us. Fresh and visionary, Joshua Vince sculpts with the camera in his unique showcase of the Tasmanian wilderness.
Eddystone Point Lighthouse, Tasmania
Joshua’s Calender is available for purchase for $35 (+$9 P&H) that’s if there’s any left. They can be purchased from his Facebook page. Also check him out on Instagram. *Update – Calendars have sold out!
All images copyright © Joshua Vince Photography
Melissa Lockley, Arts Correspondant TheNews.com.au
Now we’ve had some pearler of celebrity watches on TheNews before but these are right up there. Two pocket watches, one owned by renown American Novelist Ernest Hemmingway and the other French Hotelier, Charles C. Ritz are up for auction at Christies. Both are manual and 18k Gold, Hemingway’s is a L. Leroy & Cie a split Seconds Chronograph and Ritz’s Vacheron Constantin. Here’s a great article explaining Hemingway’s connection to the Ritz in Paris with other luminaires such as F. Scott Fitzgerald. 5 minutes with… Ernest Hemingway’s pocket watch.
Ever wanted to know what was on planet Earth before us?, well author and artist Rachel Sussman has compiled an incredible book The Oldest Living Things in the World (Hardcover) delving into just that. For over 10 years she has documented this subject in writing, and in conjunction with her beautiful photography she’s captured and documented such things as a 43,600-year-old self-propagating Tasmanian shrub that’s the last individual of its kind, the “Australian Stromatolite”, along with 5,500-year-old moss in Antarctica, along with many more specimens Sussman ranges the entire globe. Going back to ‘Year Zero’ this is sure to be a great addition to your coffee table book collection.
“…These ancient survivors have weathered millennia in some of the world’s most extreme environments, yet climate change and human encroachment have put many of them in danger. Two of her subjects have already met with untimely deaths by human hands.”
In collaboration with illustrator Julian Rentzsch, Stellavie has released an amazing collection of director portrait prints of some of your favourite directors. Measuring 40cm x 50cm they’re not your average portraits, they combine elements of the most famous films on acid-free, alkaline-buffered cotton paper (190gsm)and are printed with archival museum quality pigment inks. Featuring Alfred Hitchcock, , David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher , these are a must for any movie buff. So you’d better be quick they’re limited to 200 per edition, buy here $147 AUD.
“I steal from every movie ever made”…Quentin Tarantino
No – we’re not talking about some movie memorabilia from the 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, we’re talking about this stunner from watch makers Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen. The two have combined to produce the Legacy Machine Thunderdome time piece which has the world’s fastest triple-axis regulating mechanism, with 3 axes revolving in record-breaking 8 seconds, 12 seconds and 20 seconds.
“Rising above a sea of blue guillochage is a rotating spherical mass of gears, pinions and cages. Somehow, from this chaos of motion, order is extracted. Time is indicated on an inclined dial of stretched lacquer, proving that even the wildest horological whirlwinds can be tamed into the logic of hours and minutes.”
The reverse of the LM Thunderdome engine is equally rewarding.
Ousing with Kari Voutilainen aesthetics
Not sure how this would fare in the Sydney to Hobart , but it would definitely turn heads. The joystick controlled carbon fibre Enata Flying Yacht takes you 1.5 metres in the air at 75 km/h, with a novel 740 hp hydrostatic propulsion system and ENATA’s custom torpedoes. Coming soon.
“…Whether you’re after family fun, a little (or a lot) of thrill-seeking, or that James Bond appeal, FOILER is a modular platform offering multiple layout options…”
Very reminiscent of 1983 when Australia beat the yanks at there own game in Perth winning the America’s Cup with there secret weapon by By Ben Lexon the ‘Winged Keel’.
Photos: Courtesy Foiler
Now we all know how cold it can be down in Tassie, so when you’re next down in the Apple Isle why not treat yourself to some luxury and stay in one of these beautiful pavilions at Freycinet. The Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilion is nestled among the bushland on the shores of Great Oyster Bay Tasmania.
You’ll be able to check out the amazing wilderness that Tassie has to offer with your own private deck while relaxing in an outdoor tub. Or lay inside a solid oak lined king bed and view through incredible curved glazing so as to not lose sight of the beautiful cascading mountains and bay.
Photos: Dianna Snape.
Now who would have thought you could jazz up these boring things, well Caviar have with their Gold Apple AirPods Pro Earphones…
These are “the only model in the world, the body of the case and earphones of which is made of one-piece gold of 750 content. It is noteworthy that the company will issue only one copy of the gold accessory for the whole world”…
The PORCINI LAMPS collection is a collaboration between two Adelaide interior designers Jacquie Hagan and Madeleine Potter, called memaké.
“The Porcini range grew from a subtle exploration into the elegantly simple form of the mushroom. A series of organic shapes and forms were reinterpreted to form these beautifully crafted and sustainable pieces. Bringing the role of artisan back into design, the Porcini design represents a spirit of craft and the handmade.
The range consists of two designs, the Porcini Stem, comprised of a standard lamp and table lamp, and the Porcini Canopy, comprised of various sized pendant lamps. The lamp shades across the entire Porcini range are interchangeable, to achieve multiple size combinations. Using naturally sustainable materials; Tasmanian Oak, a non-endangered timber species sourced from Australian sustainable forests finished with natural Australian beeswax, and 100% pure new wool upholstery, which is both biodegradable and renewable.”
Photo: Joel Johnston.
We here at TheNews love a splash of colour and that’s what BWArchitects have delivered at Vanity Fair’s sixth annual New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles.
“The Summit bgings together titans of technology, media, business, entertainment, politics, and the arts for inspiring conversations on the issues and innovations shaping our future.
The Summit delivers two days and two nights of newsmaking insights, invaluable connections, and unmatched events brought to life with Vanity Fair’s signature style.”
BMW Vision M NEXT electric car
Photos: Justin Weiner for BWArchitects
Now if you ever wanted to be the centre of the universe this watch would definitely help. The huge Jacob & Co. Astronomia measuring in at 43.4mm is opulence at its best. Encased in a rose gold case and powered by the exclusive Jacob & Co. , the manually-wound JCAM19 calibre watch operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Precious stones represent the seven planets – White Granite for Mercury, Rhodonite for Venus, Red Jasper for Mars, Pietersite for Jupiter, Tiger Eye for Saturn, Blue Calcite for Uranus and Lapis Lazuli for Neptune. The timepiece performs one full counter-clockwise revolution every 10 minutes. If your stars are aligned you can pick one up for $460,000 AUD (approx.) Buy here.
12 gold-plated signs of the zodiac
Who knows if Tony Montana would use this, the Rubber Band MiniGun, but he maybe tempted. Based on the Gatling machine gun, this electric motor powered beauty has a cache of a 144 shots, 12 barrels, easy loading mechanism, a range of around 10 metres and has automatic or single shot modes. Also the standout feature is that mechanism that allows you to charge it in a matter of minutes. You can buy them already assembled or give it a go yourself (no glue or soldering required).
Wood $136 or Black $145. Buy here.