Eames Hang-It-All, 1953
by Charles and Ray Eames
With their Hang-It-All, Charles and Ray Eames elevated the everyday coat rack into something inventive and fun. First crafted with multicoloured hooks and a white wire frame, the material and colourway offering has since expanded with fidelity to the sophistication, and sense of play, of the original.
To create the rack’s wire frame, which attaches to walls or other structures, Charles and Ray and the Eames Office applied the mass-production techniques for welding wires they had developed for earlier designs. The frame has a durable powder coat finish, and each of its angular bends is capped with solid wood balls. Still noted for its whimsy, the Hang-It-All is also appreciated as a useful piece of art.
Ray Eames designed a variety of whimsical toys and furniture pieces specifically for children, including this 1953 piece for Tigrett Enterprises’ Playhouse Division.
Why children’s products? Purely for personal reasons: Charles and Ray wanted to give them to their own grandchildren and to the children of friends.
The Hang-It-All – along with moulded plywood animals, small-scale chairs and tables, elaborate cardboard-and-paper masks and brightly coloured building blocks – were all given the same careful design consideration as the couple’s furniture designs.
To achieve the Hang-It-All’s spidery base, the Eameses used the mass-production techniques for welding wires that they developed for their wire-base tables and wire chairs.