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Joystick Coat Hooks

The 'Hang and Play' for Retro Gamers

— December 21, 2008 — Art & Design
Fans of retro video game joysticks will love Felipe Morales' 'Hang and Play' coat hooks. They're made from recycled joysticks and are perfect for anyone with a sense of nostalgia for the 1980's.

Felipe Morales' 'Hang and Play' coat hooks were selected for the StgoDiseno 05 design exhibition. Morales is an Italian designer who frequently transforms recycled materials into repurposed home accessories.

Implications - The nostalgia of old-school arcade games has the older generation looking for ways to incorporate this theme into their homes. With so many of the old consoles going obsolete, consumers are taking a different direction when approaching these retro items. Brands and designers have been chipping in with apparel, decor pieces and other household items that bring the simple times of the 80s back.
Trend Themes
1. Nostalgic Home Accessories - Designers can create repurposed home accessories that tap into the nostalgia of old-school arcade games, such as Felipe Morales' 'Hang and Play' coat hooks.
2. Retro-themed Decor - Consumers are seeking out decor pieces that incorporate retro gaming elements, providing an opportunity for brands to create unique and nostalgic designs.
3. Repurposing Obsolete Technology - As old consoles become obsolete, there is a growing demand for repurposed products like Felipe Morales' coat hooks that give new life to nostalgic items.
Industry Implications
1. Home Decor - The home decor industry can tap into the growing demand for retro-themed accessories and create unique products that appeal to consumers looking to incorporate nostalgia into their homes.
2. Fashion - Fashion brands can explore the retro gaming trend by creating apparel and accessories that feature nostalgic visuals, appealing to consumers seeking a nostalgic connection to the 80s.
3. Sustainable Design - The field of sustainable design can embrace the repurposing of obsolete technology by finding creative ways to transform old consoles and electronics into functional and visually appealing products.
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