Bench Rack by Vik & Fougere

The Bench Rack by Vik & Fougere is an answer to the lack of closet and storage space in the average apartment. Made of powder coated steel tube and a single piece of solid Elm, the Bench Rack is suitable for hanging clothes, storing shoes, and sitting.

Although the design is visually quite simplified, the tight radius and exceptionally minimal deformation of the bends in the steel tubing is achieved by utilizing state of the art tube bending and forming machinery. By foregoing the temptation of loud details, the Bench Rack remains congruent with Vik & Fougere’s insistence of keeping stylistic aesthetics to a minimum.

The Bench Rack will make its debut at the IDS Prototype Exhibit in Toronto Canada on January 27, 2011.

First known for their series of faceplate designs with the now defunct design collective Keep it Cartesian, Nils Vik and Thom Fougere began collaborating while studying Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Upon graduating and the dissolution of the design collective, Vik and Fougere chose to leave the moniker behind and simply use the names they were born into.

Photos by Mark Reimer.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.