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Hangups and Baggage

Coat Rack

Coatrack Reimagined

Fighting clutter is a never-ending battle, but it doesn’t have to be an unsightly one. Kim Kamens is making the challenge of containing clutter a lot more attractive. Her graphic metal sculptures are really hardworking organizers in disguise.

Kim came up with the idea when she was shopping for a coatrack. She wanted something that was equally beautiful and functional, but wouldn’t break the bank. When she couldn’t find what
she wanted, she designed it herself, tapping her years of experience as a professional sculptor and retail display designer.

Each laser-cut steel sculpture floats a few inches off the wall, so there’s room for hanging items. Spindly twigs provide the perfect places to hang hats and coats and stash loose mail, keys and jewelry. Best of all, each USA-made piece looks equally intriguing whether it’s bare metal or laden with stuff.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kim
    Kim

    Happy Halloween! I am delighted that Daily Grommet has chosen this day to feature my products. Allow me to introduce myself (and my company) to you all. My name is Kim Kamens and I am an artist/ designer living and working in the Philadelphia area. In 2012, I launched a line of products for organizing the home under the business name Hangups & Baggage, LLC. The idea started simply enough. I was looking for a functional, beautiful, and affordable coatrack for my own home. It needed to be sleek, well designed, and above all else…function. After looking through the Internet, magazines, and real-life stores, I came up empty-handed. Not to be discouraged, I decided to design one myself, and having dabbled in both design and manufacturing in the past, this new coatrack was a success…at least in my eyes. So, I decided to see if other people wanted the same thing I wanted, and I started a business selling my designs. So far, so good……(You tell me)

  •  Linda Fesler
    Linda Fesler
    10/31/2012 12:32 PM

    Since these things are so nice & you show them, why don't you give the person viewing a web site to purchase them?

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    10/31/2012 12:52 PM

    @ Linda Fesler Hi,

    If you click on the "Back to Grommet Details" button, there is a shopping cart and you can buy them right here on Daily Grommet.

    If you have problems, let me know and I will let someone at the site know...Thanks, Kim

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    10/31/2012 12:52 PM

    @ Linda Fesler Hi,

    If you click on the "Back to Grommet Details" button, there is a shopping cart and you can buy them right here on Daily Grommet.

    If you have problems, let me know and I will let someone at the site know...Thanks, Kim

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    10/31/2012 12:51 PM

    Hi,

    If you click on the "Back to Grommet Details" button, there is a shopping cart and you can buy them right here on Daily Grommet.

    If you have problems, let me know and I will let someone at the site know...Thanks, Kim

  • Carol
    Carol
    11/1/2012 12:33 PM

    How many hooks are on each of the sculptures? It's difficult to tell from the photos.

  •  Kim Kamens
    Kim Kamens
    11/1/2012 2:54 PM

    @Carol I've never really counted the hooks before! If you tell me which piece you are interested in, I can give you a ballpark number. It's an interesting question....

  •  Kim Kamens
    Kim Kamens
    11/5/2012 12:11 PM

    @Carol Hi, I was looking at the drawings today to try and answer your question. There are a number of answers....

    None of the pieces has actual "hooks" that protrude off of the surface of the design. The designs themselves are the "hooks."

    The Koi for example, doesn't have hooks, per se, but has slots in the form of scales in which you can tuck paper/mail.

    The Wallpaper has over 35 spots where items can be hung, but depending on the item, you might use two "hooks" to hang a large item. The Treebranch is the same way.

    I hope this helps, although I feel I am not being very clear....

    Thank you,

    Kim

  • Marlene
    Marlene
    11/2/2012 1:47 PM

    Are some sculptures more appropiate for heaver objects than others? I have several jackts/coats that I'd like to hang. And, I would be interested in knowing the number of hooks on the robot and fish sculptures.

  •  Kim Kamens
    Kim Kamens
    11/5/2012 12:02 PM

    @Marlene Johnson Hi, The Koi is designed to be a paper/mail organizer, but many people use it for jewelry and scarves. The steel is 1/16 h inch and has a bit of flex in it so that it can "squeeze' onto the paper when you slide it in the scales.

    The rest of the line is designed for heavy duty work. The Treebranch, Wallpaper, and Robot can hold as much as your walls can support. These are made of steel that is 1/10th of an inch thick, and have many spots to hang even the heaviest of coats, book bags, and handbags.

    I hope this helps,

    Kim

  • Melodye
    Melodye
    11/4/2012 12:36 PM

    I love the tree branch - how is it mounted on the wall?

  •  Kim Kamens
    Kim Kamens
    11/5/2012 12:20 PM

    @Melodye Campbell Hi,

    There are mounting brackets that are welded to the back of each design. Each bracket has a simple keyhole cut into it. The keyholes are meant to accommodate standard sized screw heads. So, all you do is mark where the keyholes would be on your wall, put screws in the wall, and slide the piece on the screws.

    Keep in mind that if you are hanging the piece on drywall and you do not hit a stud, you will need to use hollow wall anchors instead of screws. If you are not familiar with them, I can send you an illustration of both what a hollow wall anchor looks like so you know what to get, and an illustration of how to use them.

    I hope this helps,

    Thanks,

    Kim

  •  D
    D
    11/13/2012 10:17 AM

    Have you ever considered making a panda bear or something with the WWF?

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