Design Scout: Get Hooked
De-stress the morning dash by storing your gear on an entryway coat rack. These five options double as smart home design.
If a small space requires ultra-customized hanging options, individual wall hooks are the way to go. These stainless-steel dart hooks can be screwed directly into the wall, and look like quirky sculpture art when left bare. Bar games not your forte? Similar looks we love include these knife hooks, oversize paper-clip hangers for office-supply freaks, and the sublimely graphic folding arrow hook.
$32 at Elsewheres.com
Coming and Going Coat Rack (left)
Hot pink paint lends this sweet, slightly Victorian rack just the right amount of spunk. Sure, the shape is pretty standard, but if next year’s winter brings another Snowpocalypse, you’ll be grateful for all the easy-to-access storage. With two rows of six hooks each, it’s also a great way for accessory-laden fashionistas to display their purse, hat, and scarf collections.
$68 at urbanoutfitters.com
The Hangup (right)
Crafted in New Zealand, the slim design of this Samurai armour-inspired coat rack works well with the long and skinny shape of many DC townhomes. The generously spaced shelves hold shoes, hats, and purses with ease, and we can even see adding a knick-knack or two an extra personal touch. Though the natural wood version stays true to the Japanese aesthetic, we can’t help but be drawn to the punchy red stain—what better way to break up a neutral-heavy outerwear collection?
$1800 (+shipping) at Unless.co.nz
Bring the outdoors in with Max Lipsey’s hand-casted aluminum tree branch hangers. The organic shape and rounded edges of these hooks—available in 10 different sizes and styles—will make even the most city-centric apartment feel closer to nature.
$164 each (when ordering 10 or more) at lipsmax.net
Lessons from kindergarten we should never forget: putting everything in one place makes it easier to keep track of. Remember those wonderful little cubby holes that used to hold your lunch, jacket, and teddy bear? Thank goodness grown-up versions exist. It may be damn near impossible to track down design-crowd favorites like cubby hook or the hook box nowadays, but this cheery little wooden version—complete with fold down hooks—does the job quite nicely.
$30 at unicahome.com
If you dream of mountain ranges and downhill skiing, the Coat Range is the wall accessory for you. On its own, this "functional landscape" offers four peaks for hanging things. But if you put two or more together, they give the illusion of a never-ending skyline of walnut and maple.
$195 at Bravespacedesign.com