London- and Verona-based designers Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri of Something Design created Club, a clever hybrid of a mirror and a coat hanger. The piece was made for German manufacturer Schönbuch. Club is a freestanding item, so it can be used anywhere in the house where you need to have a reflection and a holding place for a few pieces of clothing. Minimalist and multifuntional, it wins many space-saving points. Club comes in solid oak and walnut.
This clothes hooks reminded me of the Piano Hanger in miniature. Same pull-down principle, same great concept of a piece that folds completely flat when not in use. Made from 18 mm cleated plywood, Percha coat hanger by Identidad Diseño can be an elegant and compact addition to a busy entry area. Many points for space-saving and visual delight…
This retractable hanging rack by San-Diego-based designer Curtis Micklish, called Pin-Up, is a fine idea for a small entry area. The item folds flat when not in use and allows to extend individual pegs or peg groupings, depending on your storage needs. It does require some elbow grease during the installation, but the result this neat is worth a little power tool action. Here is how Curtis describes the construction of the Pin-Up: “To briefly explain how it works, there are a group of free moving dowels that have a stop at the backside. The outside center dowel on each end is attached to a backboard that moves freely forward and backward and allows you to easily push all dowels out to full extension. Then it just depends on the object you hang to push the pins in where its needed.” Some drywall cutting is involved in the mounting process, however, for those of us who rent their shoeboxes the designer is willing to create a surface mounted piece, wrapped in walnut.
Symbol coat rack from Desu Design is not only a delight for the senses. Practical and compact, it is a perfect fit for a limited urban setting. When needed, the hooks pull smoothly out to help you organize your stuff. And when not in use – they flip flat automatically, creating a smooth surface. In spite of its seaming fragility, Symbol can easily hold 75lbs of coats, laptop bags and other accessories. The rack comes in color and monocrome (my personal favorite) versions. A neat little item for a busy entry area…
This elegant coat stand has been created by New Zealand born and London based designer Leonhard Pfeifer for the furniture brand Woodman. Simple and sculpturesque, the piece looks equally beautiful empty or laden with things. Here is how Pfeifer describes it: “I was drawn to the geometrical strength of the design and to the practicality of the vertical elements with horizontal joining members, both of which act functionally to provide areas to hang coats, scarves, bags and the like, but which also form strong design elements. The proportions minimise the footprint for compact entry halls, while ensuring a sufficient base to maintain stability.” The Eiden coat stand has recently scored a 2012 Design Guild Mark from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers in London which recognises excellence in design, use of materials, manufacture and function.
Welcome to the Jungle is the name of the furniture collection, designed by Rui Alves, force behind My Own Superstudio. It is comprised of five pieces that can be stacked in many different ways, creating shelving, seating, multilevel console/occasional tables and even coat hangers. I love the colorful fun the line projects. Little columns on the side of each piece really do add animal resemblance, something kinds of all ages will appreciate.
The Kleiderstiele (German for “clothing sticks”) are minimal and clever leaning clothing racks. Designed by Johanna Dehio for Raumgestal, the pieces pose an alternative to the traditional clothing storage arrangements. Light, thin and easily movable, the Kleiderstiele can be stored when not in use and offered to a guest or a party of guests in seconds. The collection includes three hanger sticks of different height and one, equipped with hooks for scarves, hats and handbags. And thanks to the leaning principle – the more you put on these racks, the sturdier they become.
This ingenious X hanger was created by Israeli designer Kfir Schwalb. Thanks to its cross-shaped design, the piece can accomodate two hanging options in one – a hook rack option and a clothes hanger option. The fusion of these two functions is what informed the idea of the piece. The X hanger is made from powder-coated, bent steel and comes in a variety of colors.
This project from Berlin based studio Ambivalenz is aesthetically pleasing and makes a lot of sense too. The collection of collapsible pieces – chair, stool and coat rack – can be stored completely flat. But here is the kicker – one side of each piece features artwork, so it can be displayed on the wall instead of occupying your closet. What a neat idea! I also quite like the string folding/unfolding mechanism that brings the stool and the coatrack in motion. The stool can be turned upside down and serve as a magazine rack. Plain white versions of each item are also available. The Ambivalenz collection is currently displayed at the Designers Fair 2012 in Cologne.
A modern take on a classic idea, Lodelei coat rack was created by designers Martin Pärn and Edina Dufala-Pärn for Nils Holger Moormann. The piece includes a frame with hooks and a canvas pocket for bags and smaller items. This bag storage part made me overjoyed (a New York woman’s bag cannot be hung without bringing the hook down), it looks elegant and can also preserve your wall from wet clothes. The frame is made from untreated ash wood. And because of its clever leaning construction – the more weight you put on it, the stabler the rack becomes.