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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MiniVip wall coat rack | Benanti and Brunori | Velca, Italy | ca. 1970s

MiniVip is a wall mounted coat rack by Benanti and Brunori for Velca.  It is made of ABS plastic in several colors.   The MiniVip features four hooks that rotate out of the base unit for hanging coats or clothing.Velca logo

The Velca MiniVip is related to the Vip (an umbrella stand and coat rack in chrome and plastic) by name and purpose, but the design is substantially different.  The Vip is a floor standing model, the MiniVip is installed by screws onto a wall.

Velca Vip
Velca Vip umbrella stand and coat rack, assembled.  Image source:  eBay.
Velca Vip stored Velca Vip umbrella stand and coat rack, disassembled.  Image source:  artfinding.com.

On the back of the MiniVip is stamped:

MODEL MINIVIP – DES ARCH BENANTI E BRUNORI
MADE IN ITALY – PATENTED
VELCA LEGNANO (MILANO – ITALIA)

MiniVip imprint stamp

White
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White Velca MiniVip coat rack with boxWhite Velca MiniVip coat rack closedWhite Velca MiniVip coat rackWhite Velca MiniVip coat rack back imprint

Red
Image source:  eBay.com

Red Velca MiniVip coat rack with packagingRed Velca MiniVip coat rack with packaging 5Red Velca MiniVip coat rack with packaging 3 Red Velca MiniVip coat rack with packaging 2Red Velca MiniVip coat rack back imprint

Brown
Image source:  eBay.com

Brown Velca MiniVip coat rack with packaging 2 Brown Velca MiniVip coat rack with packagingBrown Velca MiniVip coat rack with packaging 3Brown Velca MiniVip coat rack back imprint 

Some MiniVip coat racks were made specifically to order, as the brown unit can be found with a “PROPRIETA’ IBM” imprint on the front.  Image source:  eBay.it

Brown MiniVip IBM closed Brown MiniVip IBM
Brown MiniVip IBM oblique 2 Brown MiniVip IBM oblique
Brown MiniVip IBM side 2 Brown MiniVip IBM side
Brown MiniVip IBM PROPRIETA IBM imprintBrown MiniVip IBM back

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