DATE - 1953

This colorful device for hanging things, hats, coats, scarfs, or even toys, is the epitome of the Eames approach to design. It couldn’t be simpler in terms of the use of materials: wood and rubber-coated steel wire, but it’s very thoughtful in terms of functionality, with round wood balls that serve as hooks. 

Eames Hang-It-All

The Eames Hang-It-All was developed in 1953, on the heels of the Eames use of steel wires for their Upholstered Wire Chairs, for the ETR and LTR table bases, and for the steel rod bases for all of their shell chairs, the ones people like to call the “Eiffel Tower base.”

Anyone who has ever tried to hang a thin linen coat or a sweater will appreciate these rounded forms—they do their job, and they don’t rip holes in clothing. People often cite the colored balls as an example of playfulness, forgetting how damaging a “normal” coat hook can be!

It was originally marketed by Tigrett, the toy company that also distributed the Eames House of Cards, the Eames Coloring Toy, and the Eames Toy and Little Toy. They called it an object ‘for children, to hang up all their belongings.’ Four vertical, repeatedly angled pieces of wire, serving as hooks, are welded onto a horizontal, rectangular wire frame mounted on the wall with screws. Eight colorfully painted wooden balls are firmly attached to the slightly staggered ends of the metal. There are additional short pieces of wire, bent at different angles, with six smaller balls attached to the ends.

Working closely with our partners, we have expanded the different colorways on offer, with more “serious” walnut wood balls combined with black steel wire, and even a version that is a salute to our LGBT friends, in Pride colors.

The Eames Hang-It-All is still produced by Herman Miller and Vitra.

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