This $300 Hoodie Is Designed to Outlive You

Vollebak
Vollebak

Three hundred dollars may sound like a lot for a garment as basic as a hoodie, but if the manufacturer’s claims prove accurate, this may be the last one you ever need to buy. The 100 Year Hoodie is made from industrial-strength materials specifically chosen for their potential to last longer than the person wearing them.

As Co. Design reports, the clothing item is the latest creation from the designer sportswear company Vollebak. At first glance, it resembles the same simple cotton hoodies many people have hanging in their closets. It feels like one, too: The 100 Year Hoodie is a great option for lounging around the house. But if the day brings you outside, the sweatshirt can handle almost any condition. What feels like plush cotton is actually a softer version of Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests and space suits. The stitches, zipper, and drawstring are all ultra-high-quality, too, to resist wear and tear.

"Some of our favorite pieces of sports gear are the ones we’ve spent half our life with," Vollebak’s product description reads. "So every piece in the 100Y range is designed to last far beyond the normal life expectancy of clothing. This is kit built to last 100 years and be passed down to the next generation."

Man wearing yellow hoodie standing against yellow background.
Vollebak

While the fabric is engineered to maintain its form, the colors are meant to age. The 100 Year Hoodie: Raw Edition is what the material looks like in its undyed state. After just a few days in the sun, the pale yellow color matures to a deep ochre. The Granite Edition also changes color, fading from charcoal to a weathered gray the more it’s worn.

Vollebak specializes in reimagined hoodies. In 2015 it released the Baker Miller Pink hoodie, a pricey sweatshirt-straitjacket hybrid allegedly built for relaxation. At $295, the 100 Year Hoodie is also more expensive than your average piece of athletic wear. But if you plan on staying active until old age and want a hoodie that can keep up, it may be well worth the cost.

[h/t Co.Design]

Writing a Term Paper? This Font Is a Sneaky Way to Meet Your Page Count

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iStock

Stretching the margins, widening line spaces, making your periods slightly larger than the rest of the text—these tricks should sound familiar to any past or current students who've ever struggled to meet the page requirements of a writing assignment. As more professors get wise to these shortcuts, students are forced to get even sneakier when stretching their essays—and the digital agency MSCHF is here to help them.

As Fast Company reports, MSCHF has released an updated version of Times New Roman, the only difference from the standard font being that theirs takes up more space per character. When developing Times Newer Roman, the designers manipulated one character at a time, stretching them just enough to make a difference in the final page count without making the changes look noticeable. The result is a typeface that covers about 5 to 10 percent more line space than Times New Roman text of the same size, saving writers nearly 1000 words in a 15-page, single-spaced paper in 12-point type.

Getting the look right wasn't the only challenge MSCHF faced when designing the font. Times New Roman is a licensed property, so Times Newer Roman is technically a twist on Nimbus Roman No.9 L (1)—an open-source font that's meant to look indistinguishable from Times New Roman.

If you'd like to test out the font for yourself (for curiosity's sake, of course; definitely not to use on your term paper), you can download Times Newer Roman for free.

[h/t Fast Company]

Frank Lloyd Wright's Spiral House in Phoenix Hits the Market for $12.9 Million

Frank Lloyd Wright designed nearly 60 houses in his lifetime (and even more if you count the ones that were never built). You’ll find these iconic structures scattered throughout the U.S. Some are private homes in far-flung places, while others have been turned into museums.

One of these structures is the spiral-shaped David and Gladys Wright House in the affluent Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. And if you have $12,950,000 to spare, it could be yours to keep. As Curbed reports, the home is currently up for sale via Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.

The home’s distinctive shape and spiral walk-up are early examples of Wright’s rounded style, which he honed and mastered while drawing up plans for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The museum opened in 1959, just six months after his death.

Of course, even non-architecture aficionados would probably agree that this is a beautiful—and comfortable—home. It boasts three bedrooms, four baths, custom-designed furniture, and a roof deck overlooking Camelback Mountain. The home was constructed for and named after Wright’s son David and daughter-in-law Gladys in 1952. After their deaths, a developer bought the home and made plans to demolish it to make room for new houses in 2012.

However, another buyer—current owner Zach Rawling—stepped in and took it off the developer's hands for $2.3 million, saving it from certain death. Rawling’s plan was to donate it to the School of Architecture at Taliesin in order to preserve it, but that partnership fell through, so it’s back on the market once again.

Frank Lloyd Wright homes can be difficult to sell for a number of reasons. For one, the high asking price for these old-fashioned homes—some of which don’t have air conditioning and other modern comforts—can be hard to justify. But even if you can't cough up several million dollars for the David and Gladys Wright House, you can still scope it out via an online interactive floor plan.

[h/t Curbed]

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