Design – We are excited to introduce The Humble Series of posts dedicated to the underdogs of design. Sofas are the kings of the living room. At design fairs, chairs can become icons, while eclectic lighting can be the jumping board of a designer’s career. But what about objects like hand sanitisers, ladders, and pencil sharpeners? The Humble Series focuses on the most functional and simplest of things. Our crazy Antonella selected ten unconventional pegs with a tongue-in-cheek design + 1, the Clothespin Tower, a quirky skyscraper due to inaugurate in 2023 in Dubai as the world’s largest piece of art.
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“The Humble Series is dedicated to those objects that silently and unpretentiously inhabit our homes. They’re extremely useful and cheap, yet most often snubbed by designers.” Says Archipanic’s design contributor Antonella Galimberti. “Here, you can smile and enjoy ten quirky pegs by Ron Arad, Ototo Design, IKEA, and others. Because even if you have a Castiglioni’s Arco lamp or a piece of mid-century modern furniture, I bet you also have clothes pegs hidden somewhere else in the house.”
The infinite symbol, ∞, inspired Ron Arad to design an iconic sofa for Moroso… as well as an eclectic design peg for Guzzini. Ideal to seal biscuits packaging or to hang clothes, Infinite is a versatile and innovative solution rethinking the traditional peg shape. After all, you are supposed to be using it over and over, in a word: infinitely.
Available in azure, gray, and gold, the Giampo pegs by Miriam Mirri for Alessi come in the shape of cats and dogs. Thanks to a magnet, they can clip memos, seal Christmas gifts, or hold hanging clothes.
For IKEA, Zhelin Lian has created Sibb, a design set of ergonomic and pastel-hued pegs that come with a practical ring allowing you to hang clothes pretty much everywhere, be it in a hotel room or on a towel rack.
Lightly is a luminous peg designed by Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka of Studio Lyly Design. Thanks to a tiny solar panel harnessing sun power, it glows at night thanks to a battery with a day-light sensor. Lightly could turn Italian alleys with hanging clothes into beautiful art installations.
What if clothes-hanging ropes were a pentagram? With the Fantastik multi-clips Dika Libresco re-imagined pegs as musical notes for Israeli gadget brand Ototo Design. By reading them, you could compose and sing new laundry melodies.
Circus time with Dottorgadget! Oded Friedland and Monkey Business turned clothes-pegs functionality into a magical show of gravity-defying characters: the ballerina, the juggler, the equilibrists, and the biking monkey.
For French gadget brand Pylones, Ionel Panaït created Hirondelle, a poetic and colourful clothes pegs in the shape of birds. If a swallow does not make a summer, maybe a set of eight could do. When night comes, or for Halloween, Amazon proposes the Bat Power Clip pegs.
A cat, an owl, and a butterfly are the animals that inspired Dmail’s vibrant packaging clips.
Spanish brand Vigar proposes Flower Power, a practical drying rack for those with little space to hang their clothes – ideal for camping too! – the foldable kit comes with four arms, twelve clips, and three pegs. On sale at Maiuguali.it.
EASTER EGG! Expected to inaugurate in 2023, the Clothespin Tower is set to become the first ‘artistic skyscraper’ as well as the world’s largest artwork. Israeli artist Zygo designed the fifty-storey and 35om-tall peg-shaped architecture. The building features two specular joint halves symbolising love, peace, and hope.
All photos and images by the designers and the brands.