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Coathanger - Quasimodo

Quasimodo

  • Object:

    Coathanger

  • Place of origin:

    Sweden (designed)

  • Date:

    1995 (designed)
    1995 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lindvall, Jonas, born 1963 (designer)
    David Design (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Matt varnished birch, with steel painted silver-grey

  • Credit Line:

    Given by David Design

  • Museum number:

    W.12-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This simple, functional coat hanger formed part of a collection of hall accessories. They were designed for use in either the home or the office. Its practicality and elegance are typical of Swedish design of the 1990s. During this decade Swedish design became increasingly influential. Small companies like David Design were formed to produce and/or sell functional design for everyday use. The coat hanger is named after the bell ringer Quasimodo, a character in Victor Hugo's novel of 1831, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, presumably because, when covered in coats, it would give a hunchbacked appearance.

Physical description

Coathanger made of a solid vertical block of birch and five adjustable bent metal hangers painted silver-grey. The object is fixed to the wall by means of two steel fixtures at the back of the block - these slot over screws in the wall.

Place of Origin

Sweden (designed)

Date

1995 (designed)
1995 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Lindvall, Jonas, born 1963 (designer)
David Design (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Matt varnished birch, with steel painted silver-grey

Dimensions

Height: 330 mm, Width: 30 mm minimum, Width: 150 mm maximum, Depth: 60 mm minimum, Depth: 120 mm maximum

Object history note

Designed as part of a collection of hall accessories for daily use in the home or office. Characterised by functional and simple form. Approx 8000 sold by September 1997. Available with three or five hangers.

According to the designer Jonas Lindvall, the coathanger is named after the bellringer, Quasimodo, from Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Six Quasimodo Coathangers were lent by David Design for the display "... not so simple" in the Design Now Room of the Twentieth Century Gallery, April to October 1997. Three were were converted into a permanent gift to the museum. They were chosen as examples of products by a leading Swedish manufacturer as part of the Furniture & Woodwork's commitment to collecting the best examples of international design for production.

Historical significance: During the 1990s Swedish design has become increasingly influential. It draws on the history of 'soft modernism' in Scandinavian design, when designers used wood rather than metal as a principal material (eg Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen). A respect for traditional materials and techniques has also endured alongside experimentation with form. Concern for the environment also explains Swedish designers' economy of expression and respect for materials.

The design ethos of David Design is typical of many Swedish companies - to produce or sell functional design for everyday use. The key elements of this are simple, subtle, direct design, quality materials and craftsmanship, function, comfort, and beauty. Between 1994 and 1998 David Design was part of Swecode, an agency set up to promote the best in contemporary Swedish design to an international market. Other companies involved in the agency included Asplund and CBI.

Descriptive line

Coathanger, model 'Quasimodo', birch and steel, designed by Jonas Lindvall, 1995, manufactured by David Design, Sweden, 1995

Exhibition History

"...not so simple" (Victoria and Albert Museum 18/04/1997-12/10/1997)

Labels and date

20th Century Study Gallery label, April 2000:
'QUASIMODO' COATHANGERS
Designed by Jonas Lindvall (Swedish, born 1963), 1995
Made by David Design, Sweden, 1995
Matt varnished birch, painted grey steel
With the Quasimodo design, Lindvall employs a simple block of timber and bent metal forms to create an object of elegance and utility. His work is typical of contemporary Swedish design where a respect for traditional materials and techniques has endured alongside experimentation with form. David Design is part of Swecode, an agency dedicated to promoting leading edge Swedish design.
Given by David Design
W.12,13,14-1997 [01/04/2000]
103-6

'QUASIMODO' COATHANGERS
Designed by Jonas Lindvall (Swedish, born 1963), 1995
Made by David Design, Sweden, 1995
Oiled birch, painted grey steel

Lindvall's work is typical of contemporary Swedish design where a respect for traditional materials and techniques endures, alongside experimentation with form. David Design is part of Swecode, an agency dedicated to promoting leading edge Swedish design.

Given by David Design
W.12,13,14-1997 [2006]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paint; Steel; Birch

Techniques

Varnished

Categories

Household objects; Accessories

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection code

FWK

Qr_O49497
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