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.

reCOVER coat stand doubles as drip irrigation system for plants
With the reCOVER coat rack there's no need to break out the watering can ... let your dripping outerwear provide liquid nourishment to large potted plants.