Lounge Like Frank Lloyd Wright in a Replica of the Chair He Designed for Himself

Though Frank Lloyd Wright is most famous for the beautiful houses he designed, his career as a furniture designer is less celebrated. He often designed custom pieces for the homes he built, and by the end of his career, he had created hundreds of sketches for chair designs.

You can now buy a replica of one of the chairs that he designed for his own use, thanks to Cassina. Fast Company reports that the furniture company has collaborated with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to release a limited batch of the chair that Wright designed for his living room at Taliesin West in Arizona (now the foundation's headquarters).

Wright created the Taliesin 1 armchair in 1949, using it at his home and workshop until his death in 1959. It wasn’t mass-produced until the late 1980s, when Cassina released a version of it. The company stopped making the chair in 1990, and it has only now returned to the catalog.

This time, there are some upgrades. (You can see some images of the original chairs at Taliesin West on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's website.) It still has that classic origami-like shape—created from a single piece of folded plywood—but it now has a slightly more reclined backrest and more padding to please modern backsides. It comes in new colors, too, with burgundy, green, and dark blue options.

Cassina will make only 450 of the chairs, according to Fast Company, and they cost $5500 each. (That may seem pricey for an armchair, but it's pennies compared to how much it costs to live in a Wright house.) For true obsessives, Cassina sells versions of some of Wright’s other furniture designs as well, including several chairs and tables.

[h/t Fast Company]

This Cool T-Shirt Shows Every Object Brought on the Apollo 11 Mission

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Fringe Focus

NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission on July 16, 1969, ending the space race and beginning a new era of international space exploration. Just in time for the mission's 50th anniversary this year, Fringe Focus is selling a t-shirt that displays every item the Apollo 11 astronauts brought with them to the Moon.

The design, by artist Rob Loukotka, features some of the iconic objects from the mission, such as a space suit and helmet, as well as the cargo that never made it to primetime. Detailed illustrations of freeze-dried meals, toiletries, and maintenance kits are included on the shirt. The artist looked at 200 objects and chose to represent some similar items with one drawing, ending up with 69 pictures in total.

The unisex shirt is made from lightweight cotton, and comes in seven sizes ranging from small to 4XL. It's available in black heather or heather midnight navy for $29.

If you really like the design, the artwork is available in other forms. The same illustration has also been made into poster with captions indicating which pictures represent multiple items of a similar nature.

The Reason Sneakers Have an Extra Set of Holes

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iStock/PredragImages

If you examine your favorite items of clothing closely enough, you may start to ask questions like: Why are shirt buttons on different sides for men and women? (Because, historically, women didn't dress themselves.) Or why do my jeans have a tiny pocket? (To hold your pocket watch, of course.) Both of the clothing quirks mentioned above are relics of a different time, but if you look at your sneakers, you'll find a commonly-ignored detail that can be useful to your daily life.

Most sneakers have an extra set of holes above the laces that are often left empty. The holes may not line up exactly with the rest of the laces, indicating that they're there to serve a special purpose. For many situations, ignoring this pair of holes is totally fine, but if you're tying up your shoes before a rigorous run or hike, you should take advantage of them.

The video below from the company Illumiseen illustrates how to create a heel lock with these extra holes. Start by taking one lace and poking it through the hole directly above it to create a loop, and then do the same with the lace on the other side. Next, take the ends of both laces and pull them through the opposite loops. Tighten the laces by pulling them downwards rather than up. After creating the heel lock, secure it with a regular bow tie.

What this method does is tighten the opening of your shoe around your ankle, thus preventing your heel from sliding against the back of it as you run. It also stops your toe from banging against the front of your shoe. The heel lock is especially handy for long runs, walks, and other activities that often end with heel blisters and bruised toes. Even if you aren't slipping on your shoes for exercise, lacing up those extra holes can make a loose-fitting sneaker feel more comfortable.

Of course, the trick only works as long as your laces stayed tied—which even the most expertly-tied knot can't guarantee. Here's some of the science behind why your shoes often untie themselves.

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