In the latest installment of our Studio Visit series, Carole Gratale opens up about the Giacometti-Inspired Tree Coat Rack, which is influenced by sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti.
Q: What inspired you to design this coat rack?
A: Diego Giacometti, who was a sculptor and artist, is the direct inspiration for this coat rack. His art is beautiful and the sculptural nature of his pieces are timeless.
Q: Did you see a void in the marketplace, or did you design it for a particular project and then realize that it had broader appeal?
A: I was inspired to cast this beautiful tree coat rack for my own entrance foyer. Each time I arrived home, I was greeted with the sculpture bronze tree with the owl and it always put a smile on my face. My thought was to share this experience with others.
Q: What is your favorite feature or detail of the coat rack? What makes it so special?
A: The cast bronze leaves and owl make it special. Bronze has been the most desirable metal for sculpture since 310 BC, and the detail and the patina of bronze have a depth and richness. Bronze is also strong, but it can be manipulated into any form. The leaves and the owl are examples of how we took advantage of the strength of bronze and malleability to add fun, delicate, and detailed figures.
Q: The coat rack really makes a statement, so ideally, how and where would you like to see it used?
A: Beauty and function work in any room, so it would be great in an entrance foyer, bedroom, or bathroom. In my opinion, less is more, and when used in a minimalist environment, it allows the pieces to be appreciated as functional sculptures. One could easily not use the coat rack as a functional item and it would add tremendously to the aesthetic of any room.
Q: How does it coordinate with other items in your collection?
A: The coat rack coordinates with our tables, benches, lighting and accessories.
Q: Are you able to offer customized versions at all?
A: All of our pieces are available in custom finishes and sizes.