Striking in its bold simplicity, this hallway clothes rack makes the most of limited space by ingeniously leaning away from the wall at its base. Lean On Me takes up almost no space on the floor but is angled to be wide enough at the top for placing coat hangers along its rail. In powder-coated steel with warm brass detailing, designer Jonas Søndergaard’s coatrack includes thoughtful touches like loops for scarves, a slot for an umbrella and a shelf for purses. A faux-leather pouch suspended from the top shelf softens the strong lines of the metal frame and adds a tactile accent.
72" h x 31" w x 13" d (182.8x78.7x33cm)
Not many people would give a successful brand a name-changing reboot but that’s exactly what Søren Ravyn Christian did with Umage, which aptly translates from the Danish as making an extra effort. Formerly lighting label Vita Copenhagen, the relaunched company also branched into furniture, boldly debuting 15 pieces in a single swoop. For Søren, it’s all about problem solving: “Our design ethos is to look at a design and think how can we make this functional?... How can we make the annoying and unattractive, functional and attractive?”
The answer is range of thoughtful offerings, from the feathered Eos pendant light to the sculptural Reader chair and multipurpose Lounge Around seating. All Umage products are flat-packed in stylish boxes, to simplfy global logistics, make the products more accessible and minimize the carbon footprint. “It means putting in the extra effort with all our designs and the whole journey and process of that piece,” Soren says. “It means being clever with packaging so we are not shipping something across the oceans that is 90% air.”