Gallery: Hangeliers: Clothes Hanger Chandeliers by Organelle Design


Clothes hangers are clogging our landfills at a rate of nearly 8 billion per year. We’ve recently brought you designers who have been developing brilliant ways to tackle the problem through eco-friendly materials and innovative new designs. Now industrial designers Alex Witko and Courtney Hunt at Organelle Design have hit upon another great idea — Hangeliers, wonderful chandeliers made from off-the-shelf plastic and wood hangers.

As many Inhabitat readers already know, re-purposing objects, recycled and/or found, can be a tricky business. It takes time, a good eye and not a little bit of luck. With Hangeliers, Organelle Design got it right. Organelle uses re-purposed off-the-shelf hangers, which removes them [if only temporarily] from the landfill cycle. Hangeliers are unique, beautiful and draw attention to the issue of landfill waste at the same time.

Not to be confused with ‘The Langoliers’ [the notoriously awful TV movie based on Stephen King’s novella] Organelle’s Hangeliers are reminiscent of modern masters such as Nelson and Henningson—elegant design, precise thinking and a subtle nostalgia. With their commitment to innovation, sustainability and high design, Organelle is certainly a shop to watch.

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  1. pine furniture liverpool October 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    It is a pleasure to see recycles goods being used to create such a masterpiece and so unique as well !

  2. French furniture July 13, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Well I like the idea but think it would be much better to use recycled hangers. I know they are generally damaged or bent, but this could add character.

  3. mark loves oak furniture April 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

    If we take away the whole eco credential however they are quiet a good example of how uniform shapes used in repetition can look really effective. Nice photographs. M

  4. robert_walters December 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I am sure there are more creative ways to use reclaimed rail sleepers that make lampshades out of them when you consider the size of a sleeper you could make sturdy peices of furniture out of them rather than whittling them down to lamp shades. Doesn’t it make sense to make bigger pieces of furniture out of bigger pieces of reclaimed material?

    I personally think this application is one of the best I’v seen for coat hangers, there must be bilions of them in the world going to waste.

  5. petewailes March 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

    If they’re going to have an “eco” product, the least they could do would be to actually use reclaimed wood. Why not user planed sections of railway sleepers or carved sections from telegraph poles, or even just wood sustainably sourced from somewhere, rather than buying coat hangers and using them?

    Couldn’t agree more with Andyt. Pretty, but a waste.

  6. On your left December 31, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I agree with andyt 100%. and happen to know for a fact these hangers are brand new from a supplier.

  7. andyt October 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    How the hell does this reflect a “…commitment to innovation, sustainability and high design…”? This is quite possibly the stupidest thing I have ever seen branded as green. There is no way the designers collected clotheshangers from the trash to build these lamps – as the article itself states, they’re simply an off the shelf product. So where do they get off that building with them is environmentally friendly? How is this any different than buying fresh timber and then building lamps out of it? If anything, it’s worse to do it this way – instead of sourcing sustainably harvested wood to build a new lamp, these lamps are made out of clotheshangers that were almost certainly made with no concern for sustainability, cradle-to-cradle design, or anything like that. Garbage like this makes me so mad, and the fact that it regularly pollutes Inhabitat really gets to me. There are plenty of great projects in the world that deserve attention, and you guys (Inhabitat) do a pretty good job of covering a lot of them. Why stoop to this crap? Grrrr…

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