The wire coat hanger. The story goes that Albert J. Parkhouse, an employee at J.B. Timberlake and Sons, which made things like wire novelties and lampshades, arrived at work one winter day around 1904 to find that all the coat hooks had been taken. He spontaneously bent a piece of wire to create a hanger. Thanks to Houzz for bringing this intriguing exhibit on the beauty and genius of everyday things to our attention. Even if you can't get to the exhibit, check out the Vitra Design Museum’s interactive online version of the exhibition. It's a fascinating trip!