Coat Stand History

Karen Henry Coat stands Design Furniture Design History Short Article

Coat stands have their own fashion trends. The Thonet coat stand, made of bent wood is a 150-year design.

The bentwood coat stand has its origins with the first bentwood furniture including the famous coffee shop "Chair 14" by Michael Thonet (1796 - 1871).

Michael Thonet furniture making of chairs evolved into making coat stands out of bent wood using the same processes.

Thonet's first independent commission in 1849, was the Bentwood Coat Stand for the Cafe Daum in Vienna. A timeless design with classic, quintessential Thonet style. Designed to hold coats, hats and umbrellas. 

There have been many attempts by designers to redesign the coat stand.

Here are some examples:

Thonet Style Coat Stand
Thonet Style Victorian Coat Stand
Modern Metal and Wood Coat Stand
Modern Metal and Wood Coat Stand 
Designer Coat Stand
Designer Tree Coat Stand made of Birch Veneer

Coat stands are a sign of economic prosperity. When people have expensive clothes, there is a need to care for these clothes. A professional successful outward appearance is more important in economic prosperity.  Coat stands are being used for art pieces at the front entrances of houses. Coat stands are something for guests to hang their expensive clothing on.  Designer coat stands appeal to those with discerning tastes.


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