In my neck of the woods, April was relatively drizzle-free and, thus far, May has proven itself to be gloriously dry and sunny affair. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I grabbed for an umbrella or raincoat on my way out the front door. And I’m certainly not going to complain about that.

Pleasant weather chatter aside, I should also mention that I’m in the midst of a major apartment renovation/overhaul and on a serious hunt for a suitable place to store my wet weather gear as I know I’ll eventually need it sooner than later. (Whoops. I just ruined it for myself and checked the forecast — it looks like my umbrella-free streak is about to come to an end).

Anyways, Here’s a clever coat/umbrella storage solution that I’m loving:

Unfussy and utilitarian, the reCOVER Coat rack by Swiss studio Fulguro for flora-minded Italian design company Teracrea really isn’t all that terribly exciting looking: A simple, garden tool-inspired beechwood frame with four “branches” up top to hang coats, umbrellas, and the like. The designers explain that "some branches however, have 'grown' here and there, forming a sort of archetypal, minimalist, geometric tree."

It's at the bottom of the stand, however, where things get interesting. The base of reCOVER is a powdercoated stainless steel fork meant to be inserted directly into a large pot.

Voila! You've now got yourself a coat stand/planter hybrid with a rather unique built-in form of irrigation: soggy coats and umbrellas that drip down into the pot below providing the resident plants with nourishment — "a simple, efficient system that takes its inspiration directly from nature," explains Teracrea.

While I’ve covered water-conserving flowerpot/umbrella stand combos in the past, this is the first that I’ve seen that also accommodates coats and other types of outerware as well.

What do you think?

Via [DesignMilk]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.