Coat stands are practical furnishings, whose presence in offices and reception areas creates a welcoming atmosphere for employees and visitors alike. Luckily, there is a wide range of available models, catering to different requirements and aesthetic sensibilities.
This variety can be seen even in the most straightforward, freestanding coat stands: ‘Stand by hallstand’, manufactured by TON, is a traditional, bentwood coat stand which integrates an umbrella stand, coat hooks and hat hooks, Michael Sodeau’s ‘Corallo’, produced by Gervasoni, is an organic, coral-like coat stand, woven entirely from rattan, and Verner Panton’s ‘PANTON COATSTAND’ by Schönbuch is a transparent, colourful, steel wire sculpture.
Additionally, one can also choose from the understated ‘JRN1 Coat rack’, designed by Jenni Roininen for Nikari, which only consists of three wooden, slanted posts connected at the top by small wooden slabs, or Mist-o’s ‘Frag’, where a central, plexiglas column is haphazardly penetrated by wooden pegs, which double as coat hooks, and as stands further down.
A way to increase coat stands’ capacity is to have them hold up clothes rails, although this necessitates use of coat hangers. Jehs + Laub’s ‘FOLD’ for Schönbuch is a straightforward, wooden, folding coat stand with two clothes rails and a practical leather shelf at the bottom. The same manufacturer also offers ‘CLUB’, designed by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, where a wooden rail is attached behind a tilted, freestanding mirror.
Teppo Asikainen’s ‘Two Step’ by Inno is a slender, modular, steel rod frame, which holds a hook rail, and can be multiplied to reach the desired capacity. A more modest solution is Beat Glässer’s mox-produced ‘SNAP’, a minimal, angular, wall-leaning coat stand with a coat rail. Ariane März’s ‘Step’ for Müller Möbelwerkstätten also leans against a wall, but it is a ladder, whose steps can serve as rails, or have hooks and shelves attached to them.
Lastly, Kai Stania’s ‘RV | Dividing wall’ for Bene is a high-capacity coat stand, essentially a large, folded screen with an internal rail. Concealing and protecting its contents, it can also serve as a subtle space divider in an open office.