Les Ailes Noires Clothing Rack Collection by John Tong
by Harry / March 12, 2013

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.

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Highly flexible and playful, the geometric welded steel collection features freestanding units weighted toward the wall, offering highly stable units that are movable.


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.


"I was trying to create something that was more than a hanging rail on wheels or wall system," says +tongtong principal John Tong.


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".


"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," adds 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."


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.

+ tongtong.co


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