A series of clothing racks designed to be highly flexible and playful, ‘Les Ailes Noires’ are geometric welded steel structures inspired by simple line drawings.
The creation of Canadian multidisciplinary design studio +tongtong, the collection consists of 11 different freestanding units weighted toward the wall that are both stable, and movable.
“I was trying to create something that was more than a hanging rail on wheels or wall system,” says +tongtong principal John Tong. Tong was inspired by the simplicity of simple black line drawings and how these lines can communicate three dimensions, which led to an exploration of shapes that play with the sense of spatial and volumetric perception.
A matte black finish accentuates the shapes’ spatial ambiguity that fluctuates between two dimensions and three. “But when you engage them, when light interplays with them and shadows are cast, when you move around them and actually put something on them, the assumed volume and perspective unravels,” says Tong. “Les Ailes Noires is French for black wings, and that for me is a reaction to how these things seem to move when you walk around them. They don’t flutter, but they have the lightness of wings.”
Les Ailes Noires is designed for residential, special event and commercial retail environments and includes versions with a full-length mirror, a wall-mounted sideboard with glass shelf, a ceiling-hung rack and eight freestanding racks.