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Treat your garments
A clothing rack doesn't have to be one of the last things you think about when furnishing your home.
Instead of purchasing a rack just for its function, think about incorporating a statement design or something simple yet innovative into your home.
We’ve selected a diverse range of racks, stands and hooks based on aesthetics, but all with two things in common: strength and durability. Now that we’re into the autumn season in the UK, there has never been a better time to make a purchase that you may have otherwise not thought about. Once you've read the blog, check out the product selection page to shop the featured designs.
Injecting colour into your home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process and can be done through even the tiniest of accessories. Choosing a bright and colourful rack helps to draw attention to an otherwise ordinary product.
Despite their function, The Dots are not to be fully concealed. These iconic coat hooks by Lars Tornøe are designed to be arranged decoratively on the wall, making them a wall feature as well as a practical accessory. To add a pop of colour to your home, The Dots can be purchased in exciting colours such as Tangerine, Yellow and Green.
The Fritz Hansen Coat Tree may appear to be light and fragile, but it’s actually a robust and practical design by Sidse Werner. The Multicoloured version still manages to be elegant despite its vibrancy and would look fantastic coupled with your brightest jackets and scarfs.
If you want a more subtle version of the Fritz Hansen Coat Tree, then this clothes stand is the perfect choice. Designed by Alessandro Dubini, the Aster Clothes Stand is such a beautiful and carefully implemented product that it won the Good Design Award in 2010. Purchase yours in Red, Green or Light Blue to make this stand a significant and impacting feature in your room of choice.
Indicative of curved palm tree leaves, the intriguing hooks on the ELX Coat Hanger make quite a statement. To bring a hint of colour into your home, choose this curious design by Vicent Martínez in rich Red, Mustard, Blue or Green.
The brand Another Country base their designs on the British country kitchen style and traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork, whilst SCP are strongly focused on function and durability. Create a homely and traditional feel in your home with these wooden coat racks.
If you are aware of the designs from Series One of Another Country, then you will recognise distinctive elements and features in the design of this peg rail. Each of the rounded pegs is turned in the same way as the furniture legs, which makes for an iconic and elegant product that would look the part in a cosy environment.
The clever design techniques of Faudet-Harrison have resulted in a product with a minimal and understated appearance, yet a rather ingenious structure. The hooks fit neatly into cross cuts in the steel and sit perfectly level across the wall.
The Jeeves Coat Rack is an articulate British design by Kay Stemmer, as part of the SCP Boxed Collection. The clever miniature pegs are ideal for hanging keys, so you no longer have to search the house when you’re in a rush!
Everyone loves something that is nostalgic of their childhood and the Timberly Hall Rack is just that. Evoking memories of simple wooden toys and childhood building blocks, this practical rack features multiple grid holes, which allows the pegs to be moved. Designed by Rich Brilliant Willing, this excellent design features in the SCP 2011 collection.
Classic and iconic pieces from designers such as the Eames’ and Mathieu Matégot will always look contemporary in any environment, despite their growing age. Therefore, it is worth making an investment!
Designer Mathieu Matégot was part of the French army, in which he got captured and was not released until 1944. After this time, he designed a multitude of contemporary and innovative designs, such as this fun and functional coat rack which combines organic forms and lightness to create a sense of joy.
The Hang It All is instantly recognisable, as it was designed by the famous duo Charles and Ray Eames in 1953. Implemented as a design for children to hang up their belongings, the Hang It All has since become an iconic must-have in the home. Vitra and the Eames office developed Red, Green and White versions of the Hang It All to celebrate what would have been Ray’s 100th birthday in December 2012.
Designed by Michael Young in collaboration with Katrin Olina, the elegant Swedese Tree Coat Stand has become an iconic symbol for stylish homes within Sweden. The fantastic thing about this stand is that it’s also ideal for hanging unconventional items from the branches, such as statement lighting or jewellery.
The beautifully designed Sciangai Clothes Stand by De Pas, D-Urbino and Lomazzi is inspired by the traditional Chinese game Shangai, with the folding hangers simulating the starting process of the game. Simplistic and functional, this premium Italian design would look fantastic in a naturally-styled or minimalistic environment.
Simple doesn’t have to be boring and can sometimes make more of a statement than the more complex designs.
The Nachacht design studio was formed by the industrial engineers Mark Bergold, Julian Jaeden and Martin Schmid, who designed the Pauli Coat Hanger with Meccano in mind. This influence is instantly recognisable from the structure and appearance of the design, which is versatile for any environment.
The British design brand ByALEX has one simple ambition and that is ‘Purity by Design’. Unzipping this notion, all of their designs aspire to be effortlessly functional, wonderfully simplistic and exceptionally crafted. The A Range featuring the A Coat Stand is pretty self-explanatory – it’s based on the A-frame.
Magis are known for their quirky yet tasteful designs and the Birds on a Wire Coat Hanger is a subtle example of this. Although the coat-hanger is simple and refined, there is an element of playfulness about the design from Edward Barber and Hay Osgerby.
Designed in 1986 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the Zanotta 350 Servonotte Bedroom Clothes-stand is an elegantly simple and highly functional product. Despite being described as a bedroom clothes-stand, this graceful design would also add a sophisticated touch to any bathroom.
We hope this mini guide will help you to make an informed decision about which coat racks, hooks or stands will look best in your home. If you want to view a wider selection, then please visit the Hooks & Coatstands page or if you would like more detailed advice, please call 44 (0) 114 243 3000 and choose option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.