Coat hangers are necessary furnishings in hallways and clothes cupboards. By approximating the shape of human shoulders, items hung on a coat hanger can remain wrinkle-free.
Coat hangers used in the hallway are usually relatively sturdy, fashioned out of metal, wood or plastic, and rarely come with padding; this is more common for clothes hangers used for more delicate garments.
The minimal, steel ‘hook | clothes hanger’, designed by Susann Guempel and Urs Kamber for Svitalia, Design, and, consists of a steel rod which drapes over a specially designed hook, creating a sophisticated, sober ensemble. Pentti Hakala’s ‘230’ coat hanger for Inno, another minimalist steel design, is also intended to harmonise with the coat racks by the same manufacturer, but lends itself more readily to mixing and matching.
In a similar way, the understated, wooden ‘Ligerz’, manufactured by Atelier Pfister and designed by Moritz Schmid, the metal, angular ‘Lume’, designed by Better Eklund for BEdesign, or NOA Design’s high-quality plastic, ‘Coat/trousers hanger with swivel feature’ manufactured by HEWI, are all parts of their respective product ranges, but can be used in a cupboard, walk-in wardrobe or matched with another manufacturer’s coat rack.
There are more universal, standalone options as well, such as the reduced, Jehs & Laub-designed ‘COAT HANGER 0017’ by Schönbuch: a mere gesture in steel wire; and Ulf Scherlin’s ‘Galge 1 | 2 clothes hanger’: a meticulously crafted, traditional wooden design with a steel hook and an optional lower bar.
Standing out is an option too, with Robert Bronwasser’s colourful and bold ‘Pole’ and ‘Forest’ coat hangers, manufactured by Cascando, both of which come with designated coat racks. Another distinct design is Dina Rey’s, DEGAS-manufactured ‘Propeljack PJ01’, an eye-catching coat hanger, which revels in a clean, technical aesthetic. It can even be mounted on a wall as a hook itself, and used to hang up small objects, or multiple coats.
And finally, Studio Taschinde’s ‘COAT HANGER 0170’ for Schönbuch reinvents the archetypical coat hanger as a frame for a pair of delicate, decorative silhouette patterns.