Inspired by the simplicity of black line drawings, and how those lines can communicate three dimensions, John Tong has created a series of freestanding and and wall-hung clothing racks.
Originally designed for a Toronto clothing retailer's first storefront location, Les Ailes Noires (French for black wings) was envisioned as a mobile system that could adapt and reconfigure to different events and applications in the store.
Tong explored a series of shapes that play with the sense of spatial and volumetric perception. "The matte black finish further accentuates the shapes' spatial ambiguity that fluctuates between two dimensions and three".
Designed for a variety of residential, special event and commercial retail environments Les Ailes Noires includes 11 pieces, including a full-length mirror, a wall-mounted sideboard with glass shelf, a ceiling-hung rack and eight freestanding racks and are made of welded 19-by-19 centimetre steel bars.
Video: concept and direction Colin Faulkner + tongtong.