Coat hangers, light fixtures and tiles by Nick Fraser, Roll & Hill and JSPR take pipes to a whole new level.
1 Coat Rack Edition by Nick Fraser
London designer Nick Fraser has been working on his Pipework Series for several years now. I first caught sight of his wall-mounted clothes hangers at Salone Satellite at the 2007 Milan furniture fair, and thought it an ingenious – if scrappy – way of transforming pipes into showpieces. He’s now released his Coatrack Edition, a tube and knob assembly in soft pastel colours (inspired by Memphis) that renders his original idea much less industrial and more home-friendly. It consists of copper pipes and brass fittings. (Fraser’s work is currently on view at the Barbican.)
2. Hallway Furniture by Mark Braun
To maximize the functionality of narrow hallways – where the donning and doffing of coats and shoes goes on haphazardly – Berlin’s Mark Braun created a bent steel tube system for hanging coats, stashing hats and taking a seat while defrocking.
3. Endless by Roll & Hill
New York’s Jason Miller created the LED-powered Endless for his lighting company Roll & Hill. Its name references its ambidextrous quality – its half-cylinder sections can be assembled and arranged in a variety of configurations to create wall or ceiling-suspended fixtures.
4. Cover Tiles by JSPR
Fascinated by hidden waterworks, Eindhoven’s Jasper van Grootel created this tile series that exposes the complex systems behind walls. Pipes, connections and water taps show up as 3D reliefs on his 15-by-15-centimetre tiles, which come in straight, curved, wall plate, water tap and showerhead modules.