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).
Gazel designed the Z-shaped Gazelle hanger to make the process of removing clothes from storage quicker and more convenient.
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.
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.
The rest of the hanger can then be lifted out through the head hole without stretching the material.
"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."
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.
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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.
"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."
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."