Evolution of the Coat Hook

The idea for a series of coat hooks came about when I was invited to take part in the London Design Festival in 2017. I joined a group of makers invited by Wieden+Kennedy as part of their ‘Hands On’ initiative, which celebrates craft skills and techniques that are integral to design and creativity. They invited us to pitch up in their show window in Shoreditch and display our skills and wares.

I decided to develop a series of hardwood coat hooks to experiment with turning small wooden pieces on a lathe. Each object was intentionally developed in an organic spontaneous way, based on the piece of material and how it responded to the lathe. The design of each piece took shape during the turning process itself, rather than being designed beforehand.

Thus the design was born and I continue to have fun taking to the lathe and seeing what designs will appear.