I've long maintained that there's a piece of furniture all of us could use, but which has yet to be designed. In our bedrooms we all have beds, dressers, a closet to hang clothes in. But where do you put clothes that you've worn once, but that are not quite ready for the laundry cycle? I doubt you refold them and place them back in the drawer or closet; I'm guessing you throw them over a chair, where they start to pile up with other once-worn items, creating clutter and an appearance of messiness.
What might solve the problem is a sort of modern-day clothes horse, something with more capacity and flexibility than a valet. I've yet to see anyone design such a thing, but this new design from a group of students at SVA's MFA Products of Design program comes close.
As part of the Brand, Product and Experience class, students Natsuki Hayashi, Adem Önalan and Souvik Paul conceived of Ounce Denim Supply, a fictional brand meant to serve so-called "denimheads," i.e. those obsessed with premium jeans. While I'm an anti-fashion person who personally finds denimhead culture as silly as the rest of them, my eye was caught by one of the fixtures the students came up with, which is this:
The racetrack-shaped portion up top is meant to hold specialty cleaning supplies, which doesn't interest me much, but there are hooks within it to allow one to hang a pair of pants for air circulation's sake.
I don't think having a hanging rod end in a radius is a good idea, as klutz that I am, I'd easily knock a hanger around the bend. But this is the only piece of furniture I've ever seen that allows one to air pants out in this way, and I like the little valet tray atop the racetrack.
You can read and see more details on the project here.
A question for all of you: What do you do with once-worn clothes? And would you use a piece of furniture that allowed you to air such items out?
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For worn clothes I have just a normal clothes rack with a hanging wardrobe (both cheapest things from IKEA). Looks somewhat like in this picture. But I do like the idea of having hooks for pants. It's actually easy to "customize" - just put kitchen S-hooks on your clothing rack and you are good to go! I'll have to try that out..
I've been working on a product that is exactly for clothes that have been worn once and need to be hung quickly. It's called the HangStat and I'd love some feedback on it. Check it out at www.hangstat.com
hmm, interesting concept. the main drawback for me: it only holds one pair. that means they can only air out overnight until the next day when another pair needs to find a place. I'm also not into denim as much, so maybe they only need to "breathe" overnight. for me, rather than a piece of furniture, i would rather use something that either uses my closet in some way or maybe even something in the bathroom to utilize the steam from the shower...
I just have hooks on my closet door for this purpose. Works pretty well.
This is an elegant modern take on the mans valet, and I agree it needs to hold more then one pair of pants. I've attached a set of round brass door pulls (vs hooks) to a board, and hung it on the wall . This way I can hang a shirt on it and pants (by the belt loop). This way I can hang roughly 3 pants and 3 shirts, just the right amount.
This piece is a nice solution! My junior project in 2004 was a piece which I call a Vestido. It was piece of furniture just for throwing clothes over, but this one has some tech built in. Fitting for the times.
Nice idea but the jeans hanging thing seems fiddly...
I have a ( supposedly) temporary solution, a series of hooks on the back of my bedroom door. At night, when I close the door to get undressed they are immediately handy, and during the day, they are hidden from sight behind the open door...
Also, now that I think of it I recall an exhibit from the Venice Bienale of architecture a few years back called single city (imagining devices for urban singletons), and they presented a wardrobe made intirely of bungee cord, that you could simply through your shoes or cloths at and they would be held in place by the elastic...
it has aesthetic pleasing looks, but the effort to hang cloth on is no more difficult to hang them inside the normal closet - so why not just hang them up inside your closet! totally out of sight, no more messy please
The Gentlemen's Valet is all you need; http://www.remodelista.com/posts/bedroom-storage-clothes-valet-for-wardrobe-organization-soren-rose-studio