â€As I've been visiting PP Møbler, I often got fascinated by the many wonderful pieces of waste wood that naturally appears in the creation of PP Møbler's collection. There were pieces in ash, maple, oak, beech, walnut and cherry as well as various other wood types, which I didn't immediately recognize. Each piece was like a colour sample: Both individually beautiful, but also exciting in a mix of many different, where colour and grain look good in combinations. These pieces of waste wood fascinated me. They were far too good to burn but too small to be part of a chair or a table. So I went home wondering if I could figure out a good product that would make use of them.â€ quote Thomas E. Alken.
Eventually Alken designed this simple and practical hanger consisting of two basic parts: A rail and a hanger, where the hangers are produced in all possible wood types depending on the current activity in the workshop. The two parts are easily assembled without the use of glue or tools, so it is possible to make your very own combination of wood types.
Thomas E. Alken mDD, graduated from the Danish Design School in 1997 and very soon after started his own design studio in Copenhagen. Since 2005 he has been head of the board for the Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition "SE" and he has been a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of Danish Designers mDD since 2007.
Alken still runs his own design studio in the centre of Copenhagen, working with furniture and product design, as well as doing design advisory for Danish and international clients. Alken describes his design studio as small but passionate, with broad expertise and big ambitions. "We believe in the power of a strong concept. Combined with a functional and beautiful form with focus on the human body and environment, our goal is to design relevant long lasting products. We optimise materials and manufacturing methods and keep a structured and open working progress".