With our warm winters, we don't have a need for a coat rack. In fact, the coat closet in our condo is home to our camping gear because the very idea of having designated square footage for coats is silly when it is 72 degrees outside (which did make for an awkward situation when we had people over for dinner and they handed me their light jackets... I just stood there like an idiot holding them instead). Even so, this fun idea doesn't take up storage space, and is pretty fun to look at too.
Stylist Michael Walters used old pant hangers to display art back in the summer '08 edition of O at Home. As genius now as it was then. (I see a thrift store visit in my future.)
Hangers. Either we go for plastic, wood or--god forbid--wire. The material might be different, but their shapes are pretty much the same. Even for these hangers, some of which are individual works of art! The first one, and the most utilitarian, is
This hanging lamp from Organelle Design is made of wooden hangers. It is just one from their 'hanger' collection. I'm drawn to the wooden creations, but the plastic hanger jobs are pretty awesome as well!