When it comes to furniture and homewares, we like ours minimal, timeless, and functional. That’s why we’re such big fans of Danish design; it meets our requirements, and then some. There’s no shortage of impressive Danish brands out there, but one of our favourites is HAY. Taking inspiration from architecture and fashion, they offer well-made, modern pieces for the home. Or in our case, our office. We recently picked up their sleek wall rack, Beam, to house our various accessories while at work. It’s proved to be a beautiful addition to our space (if we may say so ourselves).
Beam was designed by Swiss-based interior design studio, Big-Game. Their two main sources of inspiration for the piece came from the traditional Shaker hall rack, as well as the l-beams used in construction. Big-Game’s design is a hugely condensed version of the hall rack, combining the most important elements into a simple piece. The l-beam inspiration is evident, in that it forms the shape of the main part of the product. It’s a clever design that works perfectly for Beam.
Crafted from powder coated aluminium with timber hooks, HAY Beam is available in two sizes, a smaller one with four hooks and a large one with five. Beam also comes in a couple of different colour options. We opted for the all charcoal iteration, though the black and natural ash combination is beautiful too. While the obvious functionality of the piece comes from the hooks, there’s actually more to it. Behind the hooks, Beam has a little, hidden shelf. Here, you can store letters, notebooks, or any other compact item that you don’t want to leave behind when you head out. It’s details like this that put this kind of design ahead of others. The piece doesn’t only look refined, all of its elements have a purpose.
HAY produce designer products using high-quality materials and construction. The fact that prices aren’t exorbitant is a bonus and what sets them apart. If you’re in Sydney, the HAY store on Crown Street in Surry Hills is more than worth a visit. With two storeys full of some of their best pieces, you’ll be struggling to walk out of there empty-handed.
HAY Sydney: 8 / 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010
Images taken with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.