Perhaps the most practical piece of pop-art I’ve seen, the Coat Check Chair is tongue in cheek (try saying that fast), with the way it addresses fashion, function, form, and fun, all in one design! Basically a sturdy metal frame that also doubles as hanger-storage, the Coat Check Chair comes with as many as 40 hangers that eventually form the seat and backrest of the chair!
The sturdy hangers can take the weight of a person sitting or even standing on it, thanks to their thick cross-section, and they deck pretty well on the chair too, sliding in from the top, accumulating to form a surface you can sit on (two rings at the end of the seat prevent the hangers from sliding over). “By bringing the elements of the closet into the foreground of a person’s daily routine, the Coat Check Chair offers a unique design and a gentle encouragement to stay neat,” says Zeledón. “The hangers’ flexible plastic makes the chair surprisingly comfortable, while its impermanent construction lets users customize in terms of hanger color and pattern.”
Zeledón’s Coat Check Chair is truly an avant-garde representation of today’s wardrobe. Consider it a commentary on many things, from the consumerist culture, to a critique on cupboards, to even a reinvention of the mundane hanger into a product that has much more purpose, structurally, visually, and even emotionally. It manages to achieve all this while becoming a popular visual meme too. The Coat Check Chair is a winner of multiple design awards, including the coveted IDEA award and the Spark award. Flipping traditional furniture (and wardrobe) design on its head, the chair comes in a stainless-steel frame and even across different powder-coated color options. You can even choose the color of the hanger, giving you the feeling of choosing your furniture’s upholstery! The hangers can be used as seats, or periodically even in your wardrobe to hang your garments. When you’re done, slide them back into the chair, giving them more meaning, purpose, and visibility than they would get somewhere in a dark corner in your stuffy closet!
Designer: Joey Zeledón
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Coat Check Chair: Pop Art Meets Practical
This iconic designer chair creates unexpected meaning in mundane objects. Recombining clothes hangers and a steel closet rod, it elevates these pedestrian artifacts into something special.
Your Closet. Reinvented.
By bringing the elements of the closet into the foreground of a person’s daily routine, the Coat Check Chair offers a unique design and a gentle encouragement to stay neat.
The hangers’ flexible plastic makes the chair surprisingly comfortable, while its impermanent construction lets users customize in terms of hanger color and pattern. Timeless and practical, the Coat Check Chair can fit in your studio, home, boutique, hotel or gallery, letting your closet join the party.
These welded steel rings are what keep the hangers from sliding down the frame. The custom rings intentionally match the diameter of the tubular hangers so they nest together beautifully.
Sit Down or Stand!
It’s true. You can sit on this chair. In fact, you can stand on this chair. Well, Joey can stand on this chair. He weighs 170 lbs. So it’s 170 lbs of his dynamic weight.
Mix and Match Frame and Hanger Colors to Create Your Own Custom Chair!
7 frame options:
– powder coat: off-white, black, dark pink, dark turquoise, dark yellow, and navy blue
– polished stainless steel
12 hanger colors:
– neutrals: white, off-white, black, grey,
– cools: navy blue, royal blue, turquoise, and purple
– warms: red, pink, orange, yellow
The chair frame is designed and built to work with standard Container Store hangers. We provide a set of hangers with the chair frame, but you can order more hangers in the future from Container Store at any time to make changes to your chair color.
Joey has partnered with a high quality manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Their innovative powder coating process produces a durable finish with minimal impact on the environment. They don’t use solvents that produce hazardous VOCs. Their pre-treatment system uses rainwater as the source water in the process, does not produce hazardous by-products, and uses an evaporation method to reduce wastewater discharge. Their facilities use energy-efficient infrared heaters to speed curing, reducing carbon footprint. And, they retrieve and reuse powder over spray to minimize waste.
Design Process Zine
This zine showcases the making of Coat Check Chair. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the raw sketches, prototypes and thinking that led up to this iconic designer chair. The story begins in the furniture design studio course at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005.
These are vector art prints of the Coat Check Chair. Each print is on enhanced matte paper poster. 8 x 10 size. Signed by the designer.
About the Designer
Joey believes good design is like good music. It’s approachable, engaging, and makes you feel. It’s something you want to play on repeat.
Having led successful design projects at industry stalwarts like Steelcase, Smart Design, and Continuum, Joey’s experience is vast. Since 2006, he has been creating iconic design for both young and established brands that make food, furniture, housewares, lighting, spaces, shoes and tech.
His work has garnered over 25 design awards, a dozen patents and has been published by Apartment Therapy, Boston Globe, Core77, Design Milk, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, Metropolis, New York Times, Real Simple, Taschen, TIME and Wired.
Born and raised in Upstate New York by a Costa Rican immigrant father and Irish American mother, Joey is proud of his mixed heritage and blue collar roots. He is also proud of being a first generation college graduate. He is grateful for what he has, the people who have supported him and believes wholeheartedly in the American dream.
Click Here to Buy Now: $449
$1123 (60% off).