GREAT DESIGN DUDS OF OUR TIME ( AN OCCASIONAL SERIES ) : THE BA COAT HOOK

 

They say the small things matter. They are right. And the designer of the BA-integrated-spring-loaded coat hook is wrong.

For a start, it had to be labelled COAT HOOK which suggests its role and function was on the unclear side from the outset.

But for sheer awkwardness of use, it takes some beating. I am not a teenager, admittedly, but have not yet lost dexterity in my hands. This is lucky as the “hook” requires you to pull it out from its spring-loaded position ( where it has often sort of countersunk itself into the upholstery ) and, in a cat’s-cradle type manoeuvre, get your fingers in behind it to stop it retracting like a Moray eel whilst at the same time easing the jacket loop over the top of the “hook” and onto its stem. Take extra care not to let the jacket twist as you will have to cut the loop to free it.

Meanwhile, on Lufthansa, they opted for a moulded coat hook next to the tray table. No inverted commas needed. And no labelling either ( which would be Kleiderhaken and difficult to fit ).

Next time – the Range Rover Discovery back end….

CARINTHIA VI : WHEN THE WORD ICONIC IS CORRECT

Seeing the latest pictures in Superyacht Times of the charred remains of Carinthia VI ( or, more accurately ” The One ” ) is still an upsetting experience, though not quite as bad as the day she actually caught fire and grainy iPhone videos gradually started appearing online.

Carinthia V met a watery fate ; her successor a fiery one. That doesn’t really seem fair. It’s worth recounting ( for those who don’t know ) that Bannenberg Snr designed the almost identical Carinthia V which sank on her maiden voyage to the Greek Islands – striking rocks and sinking quite rapidly. The story goes that her Captain struggled ashore and managed to call the owner to convey the bad news. It must have been an awkward conversation. Less awkward was the owner calling Jon and telling him to go ahead with her replacement. Now we just need someone to rebuild Carinthia VI, rather as you would do with a famous racing car that came to grief on a tricky corner. We have plenty of info in our archive, but here’s a new render to remind you how she should look.