~ Max Lipsey// Inside>Out

I spotted these coat hooks designed by Max Lipsey some time ago, looking for some for my own hallway. I love the images, the colours, the inspiration.

Lipsey’s cast-aluminum coat hooks called 'inside>out', part of his graduation project at Eindhoven. The project was about bringing the outdoors inside. His breakout collection perhaps more reflects an idea he’s been toying with since his graduation project, for which he made a set of branch-shaped coat hooks that looked like trees growing through the wall and into the house. 
His work, which has been showcased at DMY Berlin, Depot Basel, the Fuorisalone in Milan, and Matter.

'We should try to establish a closer connection between the products we use and the outside world. The coat rack hooks look like tree branches reaching into the room.'
Like an art piece, they are hand cast at a local foundry and carefully finished. 

  Every branch is numbered and signed. 

 The branch ends are polished to a mirror finish. A full range of RAL colors are also available.
 In the words of the designer:
Favorite material to work with: 'Metal is so cool I find myself going back again and again. When I was a kid making things, metal was the one material I couldn’t really do anything with. When I was older and discovered welding, it was like being a kid all over again. It’s a total mindflip to realize you can play with this material that is so hard and durable.'

Max Lipsey always begins his design process by holding a material in his bare hands. He then pushes it, massages it, and experiments with it. 'Before I even sketch, I need to get to know the material. Then the ideas come.'

What inspires your work in general? 'Moments that make me feel something that my brain doesn’t know how to process. Like this display of buckets from a Mexican marketplace. I find it really beautiful but for no reason. It makes me smile and feel something, but I can’t explain it. I find that concept fascinating. I take a lot of pictures like this when I travel, but it’s usually after the fact, when I go through pictures, that I realize how inspiring some things actually were.'

The project that’s earned Lipsey the most notoriety since graduation is a series of dining chairs, loungers, and stools whose colorful steel frames are based on the manufacturing techniques and elegant geometries of classic racing bikes

Called Acciaio (Italian for “steel”), the stools employ a metal-joinery technique known as fillet-brazing as well as a tapered profile and optional racing-stripe stickers that all call to mind the kind of vintage ride that Lipsey has long obsessed over. 
 Images Courtesy of Max Lipsey