Hang-It-All may well be the best know coat rack in the history of design. Although originally dedicated to kids in 1953, it has fared well ever since as a stylish addition to entryways, bathrooms and offices.
The Hang-It-All designed by Ray Eames elevated the everyday coat rack to a new place and has been one of the most sought after modernist accessories for years. The idea behind the project was not driven by aspirations for world-wide success, though. The playful, lighthearted design was aimed at encouraging children to hang up their things instead of dropping them on the floor, hence the name. Probably no one expected these simple hooks and brightly-colored wooden balls would be hailed a design classic several decades later.
The Hang-It-All rack was featured in MoMA’s exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, a reflection of the modernist fascination with childhood as a vital inspiration for progressive design thinking. The cheerful reinterpretation of the simple coat rack is a fun alternative to ordinary, boring hooks – a perfect marriage of art and function, suitable for more than just kids’ rooms. Although the original color composition conceived by Ray remains most popular, the rack has seen several re-editions with different colors, including walnut, black, white as well as shades of red and green.
Source: MoMA Store
Ray Eames and her husband Charles are mentioned among the most important figures of twentieth century design. Apart from major contributions to modern architecture and furniture, they boast accomplishments in the field of photography, film-making and exhibition design. The only companies authorized to manufacture the Hang-It-All rack are Vitra and Herman Miller. Look there if you want to be sure you’re getting an original Eames.
Isn’t it a great idea for a Christmas gift?