Back in 2007, I discovered Grapple, a really cool coatrack concept by Ryan Frank. I don’t know what happened to Grapple, but I was just informed that it’s back and better than ever. Collaborating with TAPEgear, Ryan has created a new hanging system for coats, hats, bags and such inspired by old, industrial crane hooks that’s a sustainable version of his earlier design. Not only is it eco-friendly – it’s an entirely new take on a natural material we all know and love: grass.
Manufactured by Biowert Industrie GmbH Germany, the hook is made from an amazing recipe for moulding natural plastic using a composite material called Agriplast, made from a small percentage of recycled plastic and real grass clippings. The material is developed by Biowert and processes meadow grass into environmentally friendly bio-plastics, insulation and green electricity. The final result is a beautiful, textured, strong natural bio-plastic with the faintest smell of meadow that’s 100% recyclable and renewable.
A simple buckle system made from a length of natural jute webbing, and held together by a small, bio-polymer buckle, completes the product. Users can slide on as many hooks as they like, allowing for a completely flexible hanging system. It’s pretty awesome to see how these new materials are being developed and used in modern manufacturing and design.
Learn more about the development and life cycle of Grapple:
Grapple hooks will be available in Packs of 1, 2 and 4 hooks; all packs to include a buckle and webbing and come in fun colors: Granite, Leaf Green, Pomegranate Red, Topaz Blue. Fund it on Kickstarter to get your hands on one of the first sets.