As I noted in an earlier post about design student Stefania Nicolosi's "Benvenuto," bicycle accessories and clotheshangers are low-hanging fruit for young designers' end-of-term projects. Oliver Staiano, a BA candidate in Nottingham Trent University's Product Design program, combines the two (specifically, his passion for the former with the form of the latter) with "Cycle Hangers."The set of three includes parts taken from the wheel, frame and handlebar consequently being the names for each of the three products. Each of them are finished with quality wood and use minimal materials. The hooks are created from spokes taken from the wheels and most parts are held together purely by the tight fit as they slot into each other.
As elegant as they are, the shapes seem just a bit unconventional, each a slightly exaggerated version of existing hanger archetypes. For example, the top section of the inverted handlebars seems just a bit too wide for a standard shirt collar. (Also, the name "Cycle Hangers" suggests some kind of wall- or ceiling-mounted hook for a bike. Just sayin'.)
Ok, so it's not that much of a stretch
Of course, I could just go ahead and make 'em myself if I'm going to nitpick: while the finished product is currently available through Co-oproduct, Staiano has also posted step-by-step instructions—per the site's Open Source spirit—for how to fabricate the hangers.