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These wall hooks by Gustav Hallén definitely mark the spot. Made from precision-milled, powder-coated aluminum, these sturdy arrows hold anything--towels, bags, coats, ironing—while open or retracted. The hook is 3.74". Closed there are still a trio of hooks to hang things. When not in use, they make a striking graphic element. Multiple arrows, expanded statement. It was on the seas one day that Gustav stuck on the idea: Scaling the rigging and folding away the ladder into the mast, he imagined "a perfect solution" for an updated hanger. And an eye-catching one, too. Awarded the Red Dot Award 2009.
DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM
Instead of commissioning a specific type of product—a chair, say—Design House Stockholm lets creators present their own vision and sees itself as a “publisher” of design rather than a producer., ”There is an interesting connection between handicraft and design in Sweden, because of the way we live in Scandinavia,” founder Anders Färdig says. “We are talking about a part of the world that had been rather isolated, so we are quite interested in products that focus on practicality and function.”
Twenty-something years on, DHS has come to work with over 70 independent designers, from furniture to fashion, lighting to tableware. “I was born into this,” Anders told Dwell magazine, as his father and godfather had both led venerable Swedish glass companies. His own firm, “a mirror of the very best Scandinavian design today,” counts repeated awards and a place in the Museum of Modern Art collection. As to the future? “Sustainability has changed the market completely,” he says. “Today, it is a major question, which is great.”