Hook rails are a practical solution for those who need more storage space and prefer the convenience of having a whole ensemble of hooks affixed with only a couple of elements.
The most iconic hook rail is no doubt Charles and Ray Eames’s endearing and extendable ‘Hang it all’ produced by Vitra. Introduced in 1953 and initially intended as a hook rail for children, it combines a steel wire structure with brightly coloured, wooden spheres.
Another playful gesture comes from Harry Allen, whose Covo-manufactured ‘Birds on Wire’ hook rail mounts a series of hooks on a steel back plate which is cut into a silhouette of birds perching on a wire. Michael Rösing takes inspiration from a city skyline, and ends up cutting out the silhouette of Cologne on the back plate of his ‘door warderobe cologne’ for Radius Design, a hook rail which is easily hung on the top of a door.
Jan Habraken’s and Alissia Melka-Techoew’s ‘Tree Hooked’ by van Esch is an abstracted branch fashioned from steel. Available in several bright colours, the irregular shape of the module offers unique and playful chance at extension. Wis Design’s ‘COLLECT’ for Schönbuch is a charming, informal design, which attaches differently shaped and coloured wooden furniture knobs on a white wooden rail.
In a more serious corner, Oskar Zieta’s ‘Kamm’ is a rounded, inflated polished steel hook rail, whose form resembles a diagrammatic comb. Tomi Kapiainen’s ‘JR Wood’ is an unfussy, understated hook rail, manufactured from one piece of high-quality, bent plywood. Similarly, Ulrich P. Weinkath’s ‘Rio’, manufactured by Plan W, peels coat hooks from its flat, steel back plate. And finally, in their Serafini-manufactured ‘Teak Wardrobe’ hook rail, designers from atelier 522 arrange teak coat hangers in a neat row, connecting them by two long, steel bolts, and use the coat hangers’ hooks to hang up clothes.