Yiannis Ghikas’ Game of Trust Hanger is designed based on three interlocking, leaning elements. The Game of Trust itself is one based on trusting your partner, and falling into a position of support, reinforcing the strength of the connection. This Hanger plays up to this notion. Available in a number of painted or natural finishes, from solid wood, due to its composition, the piece is also modular in nature. Based out of Athens, Greece, Ghikas designed this piece based on three identical Y-shaped elements, each one supports and at the same time is supported by one of the others, resulting in an embrace that transformed the units into a unity. This in itself, the minimal composition of its elements, is beautiful. Photography courtesy of Nikos Alexopoulos.
Categorized “Coat rack”
The minimalist Nadia coat stand by Matsuso T is constructed from wooden poles with equall diameter. The coat stand has a neat look in addition to an expansive impression reminiscent of trees. This impression is even stronger when two or more stands are placed right next to each other, creating a little forest. The stand, aswell as the other pieces of the Nadia series, has been developed by focusing on a particular method, known as ‘kumiki’, which uses interlocking construction techniques. Many of the woodworking techniques used by Japanese carpenters originate from Japanse shopwrights. The maritime industry has been a driving force behind the innovation of wood construction for centuries and with the Nadia series the creators wanted to give an affectionate nod towards the wooden vessels of times gone by.
Berlin based design studio New Tendency is an outstanding interdisciplinary endeavour following a deeply holistic approach towards furniture and accessories. The collection is a mix of original products and collaborations with selected designers. It is united by clear aesthetics and functional form as well as a consistent production strategy: Every product is crafted regionally. Most of our products are modular and/or stackable, therefore enabling efficiency in wrapping, storage, and transport. We also really care about the production of our products. We consider our products carriers of these values and believe that they also transmit these ideas. — (FvF Interview 13.01.2014) I love the conceptual context in which Sebastian Schönheit and Manuel Goller manage to combine super normal design with a very sensual impression. It is a great pleasure to touch and work with objects like the floor lamp December or the side table Meta.
Pedrali, an Italian multi-disciplinary design firm established in 1963, has recently launched their newest furniture collection that showcases their collaborative ethics with innovative thinkers. With a series of wooden and upholstered products, the functionality gives rise to designs that are both fun and simple. With notable seating items such as “Snow Junior” by Odo Fioravanti; “Log” by Manuela Busetti, Andrea Garuti, and Matteo Redaelli; “Tivoli” by Cazzaniga, Mandelli, and Pagliarulo; and “Zippo” by Pedrali R&D; they apparently show the way of integrating technology into craft, quality, and materiality. “Parenthesis” by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci consists of three different coffee tables with quirky shapes and a tongue-in-cheek set of round brackets. “Flag” By Pio and Tito Toso is a variety of coat hangers that are both sleek and unconventional. All of the objects mentioned above combined to be a colorfully minimal collection and adds a punch of personality to one’s home, while still maintain an exuding elegance. Minimalism doesn’t mean simply black and white, but it means functionality over aesthetic; this 2014 furniture set of Pedrali proved that effectively. And the way these products are displayed is just a cherry on top to this wonderfully curated showcase.
Marco Guazzini’s Tre bien umbrella stand stands as a pillar of beautiful minimalism. His philosophy is based on a sensorial contact with the matter and the beginning of things generating emotion. For him, the emphasis is to design to return processed experiences. He plays with a combination of shapes, feelings, sensations, details, memories, lights, suggestions, colors and gestures. Born in Florence, but now based out of Milan, Guazzini is focused on being utilitarian and simplistically beautiful. Tre bien is an umbrella stand designed to accommodate both large and small umbrellas. Structurally, this item inspired by three radial elements, stemming from a central spine. The piece is also fitted with a powder-coated metal tray at the bottom to capture the moisture present. This piece hints geometrically at something really interesting, and fits its brief quite suitably of being functional and fearless. Photography courtesy of Beppe Brancato.
It is not easy to romanticize veneer, but Netherlands based studio Oato succeeded by designing this minimalist coat stand, aptly called Peel. Created in collaboration with woodworking company Kuperus & Gardenier, the peace makes the best of the material – Finnish birch plywood. Here is how the designers describe their approach: We call our way of design a search for ‘the poetic side of industrial design’. Our goal is to reshape the everyday objects that surround us, by balancing emotion and industry. The Peel coat stand is definitely a harmonious equilibrium between aesthetics and utility. Inspired by the way veneer is created (carving thin strips of wood from a log) we returned the strips to a stem, from which small parts seemed to be peeled to create the coat hooks. I love the fact that the function here arises from the quality of the wood, and because of that, it looks spontaneous and, yes, very poetic.
Stockholm based design studio Form Us With Love created this stunning modular hanger named Prosthesis. In medicine a prosthesis is an artificial device extension that replaces a missing. In this coat hanger, the prosthesis unifies all its parts to a beautiful unit for storage of clothes. The hanger, made of wooden modules and a dyed metal joining piece, is manufactured by Malmö based RVW.
Ker is an attractive coat stand designed by Lluïsa Morató for the Spanish company Systemtronic, which specialises in office furniture and accessories since 1984. The coat stand is made using twelve beech wooden bars fixed slightly inclined to a lacquered steel hoop with butterfly screws. I really enjoy the prominence that this coat stand can have in a room, providing an important role, instead of another usual design that goes unnoticed. If you also appreciate the design of Ker, the entire collection of office products by Systemtronic is quite beautiful.
Inspired by traditional ladders, former Konstfack student, Yenwen Tseng created the Ladder Coat Rack. Last year the Taiwan based designer founded his own studio. You can easily arrange this light-weight rack according to the use and space arrangement. The rack can stand alone because of a pair of hidden hinges and offers numerous ways of storing your clothes. Place it leaning against the wall it you have a new way of how a coat rack could be. Later this month, September 20-23, Yenwen Tseng will be showing his coat rack during the upcoming London Design Festival at Tent London.
Milan based contemporary design manufacturer Lettera G, who work closely with a number of Italian designers, have produced this attractive and minimalist collection of animal wall-mounted clothing racks – Caccia Grossa Bianco (Big White Game). We are assured no animals were harmed in the production of this collection. The scientific nomenclature of each animal is printed in Latin on its white stainless steel face. The collection includes a horse, rabbit, parrot, deer and zebra. One for the young hearted, animal loving minimalist.
Darmstadt based industrial design duo Marcel Kieser and Christof Spath of Kieser Spath have created a simple and intelligent clothing rail concept in Mr. T. The rail consists of two wooden T-shaped strips and a metal rod sitting between them. Featured at this year’s DMY International Design Festival in Berlin, the freestanding Mr. T is available in two different sizes, and when not in use, the item can be disassembled and quite intelligently stored flat even in moderately small closets. Simple and adaptable storage. Perfect for any small space. I pity the fool who disagrees. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Italy-based designer and columnist for the online edition of Rolling Stone magazine, Paolo Capello created the Anacleto coat hanger. Made of metal, the hanger simply leans against the wall. Due to its minimalist and timeless design, the hanger will fit into different kinds of interiors. Durable and easy to relocate, Anacleto is manufactured by Miniforms.