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]

Google Creates First AI Doodle for Bach’s Birthday

Google
Google

Although there’s some debate about Johann Sebastian Bach’s exact birth date, today is roughly the 334th anniversary of the famous composer’s birth. In celebration of Bach’s contributions to a genre that would later be called classical music, Google created a Doodle that lets users create a song in Bach’s signature style.

Google has created musical Doodles before, but what sets this one apart is that it’s the first-ever Doodle powered by artificial intelligence, according to Newsweek. In this case, users create a simple melody by choosing their preferred notes on a musical staff, then increasing or decreasing the pace (measured in beats per minute, or BPM) or changing the key, if desired. Once satisfied, all they have to do is hit the “harmonize” button and let AI create a more sophisticated tune.

Fortunately for Google, there was a lot of material to draw from. Bach was a busy man, creating more than 1100 compositions in his lifetime (while also finding time to father 20 children). However, for this Doodle, a machine-learning model called Coconet was fed a portion of his oeuvre—306 harmonies in total. In addition to being trained to recognize the musical patterns in Bach's work, the model is also capable of creating harmonies, smooth transitions, and compositions from scratch.

“So when you create a melody of your own on the model in the Doodle, it harmonizes that melody in Bach's specific style,” Google explained in a statement. And just for fun, there’s a feature that lets you hear what the harmony would sound like in a modern rock style.

For a behind-the-scenes look of how the Bach Doodle was made, from both an artistic and technical perspective, check out Google’s video below.

[h/t Newsweek]

IKEA's Kåma Sutra Wants to Help You Master the Art of Loving Your Bedroom

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iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Plenty of guides can show you how to add spice to your bedroom, but few do it like this new book from IKEA. The IKEA Kåma Sutra includes fully illustrated positions (of furniture, that is) designed to help you get more satisfaction from your living space.

"Are you satisfied with your bedroom? Have you grown bored or tired with the same old bedroom positions? Do you yearn for more?" the book's description reads. "The IKEA Kåma Sutra can help you master the art of loving your bedroom. We've designed multiple bedroom furniture positions that will satisfy your every need."

The online manual features bedroom layouts furnished with popular items from IKEA, including couches, bed frames, and dressers. "The Seated Desire" comes with a leather LANDSKRONA sofa, and "The Doggy Style" has a LURVIG pet cushion. Each design includes a full-color picture, so you know exactly what you're getting into before you try the position at home.

You can browse the IKEA Kåma Sutra online, or download it to read it at your leisure.

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