Cheap Class: Make Your Own Concrete & Wood Coat Rack


Quick, easy and cheap to construct, this coat rack prototype by Vytautas Gecas nonetheless has quite a bit of (albeit unconventional) class – arguably even elegance. You could probably buy a set of rake or broom handles and simple outdoor plant pot at the hardware store, put them together and basically make your own DIY variant in moments.

In the traditions of the modern design movement, you can see right away how each part of the whole works structurally – the solid base anchoring the object in place and the flexible spokes sticking up, elastic due to their length and a warmer material to the touch. It would not take much to convince someone you paid a pretty penny for this one-of-a-kind designer object.

Best of all, it is also incredibly easy to see out it was built – a quick mental reverse-engineering reveals that the process and product share an elegant simplicity: concrete poured into a very basic form with straight lengths of bare wood added in a loose and casual way, perfectly suited to toss up a light summer jacket. This not only makes it an idea that is trivial to build off of, but again reinforces the modernist simplicity of its style.

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