Friday, January 15, 2010

Planta coat rack | Giancarlo Piretti | Anonima Castelli, Italy | 1972

Piretti Planta Giancarlo Piretti
Anonima Castelli, Italy, 1972

Planta coat rack, brown The Planta coat rack forms part of the PL series of furnishings designed by Piretti for Anonima Castelli throughout the '60s and into the early '70s. Other designs include the Plia chair, Plona chair, Pluff stool, Platone desk, Plano table and Pluvium umbrella stand, which shares some characteristics with this coat rack.

The upper half features six fold-down segments that have two different types of hooks at the ends (for holding coats, purses, etc.), and the lower half has two C-shaped sections that swivel out to hold umbrellas (these sections line up with two corresponding indentations in the base to allow for water drainage). The base of the wardrobe rack is heavily weighted to keep the piece stable. When folded up, the Planta forms a sleek, streamlined cylinder; when the parts are exposed, the piece has an extremely sculptural presence.  The Planta is made of ABS plastic and is approximately 66 inches (170 cm) in height and 16 inches (36 cm) in diameter at the base.  It is certainly large but also weighty, which explains why, like the Pluvium, most examples I’ve found still reside in Europe.  The Planta is an expensive shipping proposition.

Planta in Blade RunnerPlanta in lade RunnerThe Planta coat rack was used as a prop in Bryant’s office (above, right) and Leon’s apartment (below, left) in “Blade Runner” (1982).

Planta in Design 3/1972

Above:  From an article in Design Magazine, “Furniture File” published in March 1972 (p. 38).  Some of the items in The Design Centre’s Furniture 72 exhibition are illustrated in this personal report by Hilary Gelson.

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Design 3/1972

Planta imprintImage source:  AdVintage and Design Addict.  Item is for sale in the UK for 200 €.


Planta coat rack, white Planta coat rack, white
Image source:  AdVintage and Design Addict.  Item is for sale in the UK for 200 €.
Planta imprint
Image source: eBay
RedPlanta coat rack, redImage source:  Marktplaats.  Item is for sale in the Netherlands for 200 €.
Planta coat rack, brown Planta coat rack, brown
Planta coat rack, brown Planta coat rack, brown
Planta coat rack, brown                Image source:  1stdibs seller Guéridon.  Item sold.

Planta coat rack, black

Image source:  Sweet Sensations (Belgium).

Selected Bibliography

Philippe Decelle, Diane Hennebert, Pierre Loze, L'Utopie Du Tout Plastique 1960 - 1973, 1994, p.63.

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Brum D said...

Thanks for this article, and for your weblog in general. It's good read for anyone who's into plastic design. Thanks for that!

€200 for a Planta in the Netherlands is way too much; they are not particularly rare over here.. (The person in the Marktplaats ad you're referring to is always trying to sell way too expensive). The normal price would be €120 or less., at least for a white one. I've seen a couple for around €80, but you'd have to take your time to find one at that price.

kevin404 said...

Thanks for your comment, and for sharing info about typical prices!

jfuste said...

You can localte one in Europe (Italy is the best choice) in second hand markets and so on, and ask the seller remove the concrete base (may be remove easily, its a matter of one large screw!). Then, weight will be lower and cheaper to ship. Planta is divided in too sections. From 170 cm the resultant pieces are not so longs (80-90 each one) and the box can be reduced in size.

My two cents... :D

(mine was shipped with full weight inside... a monster heavy-as-Hell box!!!)

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