Ypsilon is an innovative coat rack by Greek Industrial designer Athanasios Babalis. It is a modular coat rack which can be arranged in many different ways and offers great mounting flexibility.
The structure is composed of many “Y” shaped pieces, hence the name Ypsilon. Due to this clever modular design the Ypsilon coat rack is height adjustable and can be mounted either to the wall or to the ceiling. Moreover the Ypsilon has hooks available in various heights for extra convenience. The lower hooks can accommodate for example an umbrella, while the higher hooks are ideal for a long coat, thus the design is not just good looking for also very practical.
The Ypsilon coat rack is made of a plywood core with laminate finishing in black, white, dark oak, or light oak color. It is manufactured in Greece by furniture producer YFOS. Due its clever modular the design the Ypsilon Coat Rack is packaged in flat packaging, therefore reducing the cost of packaging and transportation. This aspect, together with the natural materials, make this a truly environmentally friendly design.
Athanasios Babalis is an industrial designer based in Thessaloniki Greece. He studied product and furniture design at the London Metropolitan University and at the Royal College of Art in London, England.
His professional career started in London as a freelance designer and continued in New York where he worked for seven years for companies such as Dimensional Media Associates Inc. and Dakota Jackson Inc.. In 2003 he returned to Thessaloniki where he opened his design studio. In 2004 he founded the design team COR3 and in 2006 he became professor of Furniture Design at the Technological Educational Institute of Larisa, at the department of Wood and Furniture Design and Technology in Karditsa, Greece.
During his career he has been awarded with a number of important design awards:
– the Green Good Design Αward (USA)
– EBGE awards (Greece)
– the Dieline Αwards packaging design competition (USA)
– the Bank of Greece, Art competition (GR)
– the Ministry of Development packaging design competition (GR)
– the Dromeas furniture design competition (GR)
– the British Standards Institute innovation award (UK, 1996)
– the Royal Society of Arts student design awards (UK)
– the Furnidec-Hellexpo design competition (GR)
– His work has been used as set design for a TV series (Channel 4, UK, 1994-5) a film (Peter Howitt’s “Sliding Doors”, 1998), and various TV advertisements