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.
Categorized “Coat rack”
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.
Sticks and stone won’t break my bones – they’ll hold my coat. This here is a coat rack, designed by Lithuanian product/furniture designer Vytautas Gecas. The foot is made out of concrete, the stick are plain wood. I love that it’s just sticks in a pot: two honest and unadorned materials, which come together to form a coat rack. No screws, no hinges, just friction and gravity.
Beat Glässer runs the aptly named Glässer design firm in Zurich, Switzerland. Two pieces in his current design portfolio are truly minimalist: coat rack Zen and desk Lola. Both designs are based on an idea that is as simple as it is brilliant: Glässer recognized that he could reduce the number of legs to two, by leaning the furniture to the wall. The result is of a beautiful elegance. All of Glässer’s designs are manufactured by Mox.