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Sometimes the most modern ideas are throwbacks to another time. In this case, an age before drying clothes au natural was replaced by energy-consuming appliances. A cold hand wash and air dry is also one way of preserving clothes and likely does the trick with much of the items we all automatically drag to the dry cleaners.
Whether your concern is preservation of the planet or your favorite togs, these wooden clothes pegs from Hay Denmark are a household essential. Unlike plastic clothespins, these ones are made of sustainable untreated beech wood. Use them indoors or outdoors.
“One of the most important things for our company is to make footprints of our own time,” says Rolf Hay, of his eponymous Copenhagen-based company launched in 2003 at the international furniture fair IMM Cologne. His idea was to bring Danish design to a new creative peak that rivaled the storied 1950s and 1960s—but with a modern update. As creative director, he’s committed to nurturing young upstarts and also “exploring the twisted minds of established designers” and giving both a platform.
In practice, that means seeking out imaginative products and evaluating them on their own merits rather than first commissioning a design for certain type of item. And he says his greatest thrill is seeing a prototype for the first time. “We work in a different way to the way our parents did, but we basically live in the same way,” Rolf says. “The news is that there is nothing new, except the possibilities. And that’s great fun.”