Al Gore, the Buffalo Bills and Susan Lucci became famous for being the runner up, but they bucked the trend as most of those who trail in second disappear into oblivion on the first train to Loserville. Now, finally, we have a book that celebrates the unsung qualities of those who made it to the penultimate rung of the ladder but never quite reached the top. In The First Book Of Seconds ($11) you will find out all about those little known second placers with entries to highlight their still worthy achievements. So who is the second highest hitter of homeruns? What is the world's second most dangerous animal? The answers to these, and many more besides , are all here for you to devour.
The next generation of Air Jordan are here and in a whole new colorway, presenting the midnight Black and Hot lava. The new Air Jordan 1 High GG Black and Hot Lava ($95) still share the same sleek design, comfortable sole and breathable lining. Available to purchase now from selected stores the Air Jordan 1 are just waiting to be broken in. Give your feet the comfort and style they deserve this season.
Kelly McGarry is one of the greatest freerider's in the world. Earlier this year at Red Bull's Rampage event near Virginia, Utah he completed a backflip over a 72 foot canyon gap. This is just a 2-minute video but it's intense, completely POV, and 100% shot with a HD GoPro Hero3+ Camera ($385).
If Ikea built a bike it would probably look something like the Sandwichbike ($TBA). The Sandwichbike is the brainchild of Dutch design agency, Bleijh. It's made of wood and arrives at your doorstep in a single box. With less than 50 pieces the bike is easy to put together and once completed provides a smooth and sturdy ride. Currently, only pre-orders are being taken, with an expected delivery of late 2013.
If pressed, my philosophy when it comes to interior design is one of minimalism with industrial and rustic accents. So I love it when a company makes pieces that fit into all of those categories. Urban Wood Goods is a Chicago based company that uses reclaimed wood from old buildings and barns to create masterpieces. Their Urban Wood Goods Stool ($135) is a modern industrial stool that is built with salvaged Douglas Fir floor boards that are sanded smooth for comfort. The base is made from steel and the feet are adjustable, so you never have to worry about wobble. Check out their site for more great finds.