Z-shaped clothes hanger easily
fits through the neck hole


This clothes hanger by Irish studio Gazel can slide out of the top of a shirt without stretching the neck thanks to its offset handle (+ slideshow).

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_1sq

Gazel designed the Z-shaped Gazelle hanger to make the process of removing clothes from storage quicker and more convenient.

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_2

Instead of rising from the centre of the hanger like in traditional models, the handle is shifted to one side as continuation of one of the arms, then folded back on itself to form the hook.

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_3

When the garment needs to be taken off, the handle is slid to the other side of the shirt until one corner becomes free from the garment's shoulder and pokes out of the neck.

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_4

The rest of the hanger can then be lifted out through the head hole without stretching the material.

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_5

"With this design we've tried to bring a flicker of joy to an interaction often seen as mundane or awkward," Gazel founders Ronan Murphy and Kevin Doherty. "We think that this flicker of joy is actually quite important: it can be the spark for a happier and more fulfilling day in general."

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_dezeen_1

Hung on a rail, the hanger balances level when loaded with a garment and gently tilts when not is use. The design retains the horizontal bar for storing trousers.

The product will be exhibited at the Home homeware and accessories buying event, taking place at the Earls Court 2 in London from 12 to 14 January 2014.

Read on for more text from the designers:

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel

The Gazelle Clothes Hanger derives its inspiration from the grace, speed and elegance of the gazelle on the African plains. Designers Ronan and Kevin wanted to turn the cumbersome act of hanging clothes into a one of one simple and enjoyable interaction.

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_6

"With this design, we've tried to bring a flicker of joy to an interaction often seen as mundane or awkward. We think that this flicker of joy is actually quite important: it can be the spark for a happier and more fulfilling day in general."

Gazelle Clothes Hanger by Gazel_9

Focusing on the user, they have developed a stunning design with a beautifully integrated handle. This not only makes hanging clothes a simple pleasure, but cares for garments by avoiding stretching at the neck. The hanger balances perfectly on the rail when clothes are on it, and tilts gently to tell you when it's free.

The result is a beautiful and striking silhouette that glides effortlessly in and out of tops, dresses and buttoned shirts. "Gazelle is our interpretation of style and function in perfect harmony."

  • Maria Liliana Ggo

    As a concept it’s well executed. It has a beautiful configuration as well, however I’m not so sure how much it actually simplifies the action of hanging clothes.

    • Gavin

      Maybe not with shirts, but jumpers definitely.

  • Gavin

    Genius. Proper design. Take a mundane every day object and make it better. I’m disappointed with myself that I’ve never thought to do this, every time I try to take a jumper off a hanger.

  • Jamie

    Student from Brunel called Rob Bye published a hanger last year that this seems to have completely have ripped off, here it is http://www.robertbye.com/design/stretchless

    As a design student myself it’s genuinely really disheartening to see that a student’s innovative idea has been stolen by a company in order to churn out some profits.

    Guess whatever I make in my degree, some bloke down the road will just steal it and overshadow me! Rant over.

    • Alejandro

      A brilliant design solution! I met the designers in Dublin in 2010 – they won a design award in Ireland in early 2011 with it. Great guys, great solution :)

  • James

    When a design/solution comes along and you think – why has no one done this before? It seems so obvious now I’ve seen it, it’s absolute genius. Just apply this to regular cheap hangers and don’t charge a bomb for it!

    • Gavin

      Yes, sadly for the designer, as soon as this makes it to China, we’ll get plenty of cheap versions. They will have that warm fuzzy feeling that they’ve changed the world a little but die poor.

  • David

    I really want to appreciate this but I’m not sure if this solves any real problems. Opening the top button of a shirt seems a lot easier to me – I guess jumpers might be a better target.

  • Julie G

    Genius! Now they just need to make them out of that flocked material so the clothes don’t slide off the hangers in the closet, or onto the retail floor.

  • Dan

    I think this has been done many times more simply and elegantly – by Muji for example: http://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?Sec=6&Sub=26&PID=1607

  • hellfire

    This design has been around for a while, though sadly had not been popularised for some inexplicable reason.

  • It’s been done and overdone so many times, why people keep coming back to this concept (swan for example) it’s beyond my understanding. I do agree that it’s nice little product showing great design thinking, however totally pointless in sense of what real design should stand for these days.

    People who really care about environment and the impact that our designed products have on it should start appreciating the design that’s not a gimmick but that works and takes into consideration not only “problems” such as hanging clothes, but far more serious challenges.

    Conventional plastic hangers cost 1p to make, they sell it in wholesale for 5p. Imagine how much this will cost, the materials it will use, its weight, potential in the market, the demand (if there is such at all), and its functional unit. Then say if it’s good design or not. Of course as we say “in ‘merica everything goes” this would probably sell $5 a piece at least.