A clever (and easily replicated) idea from German interiors and furniture designer Katrin Arens: the low-tech Vine Branch and Rope, perfect as a bathroom towel rack. Make your own with a salvaged branch, a length of rope, and a couple of hooks. For more on Katrin Arens, see DIY: Slow Design Katrin Arens Plate Rack.
Above L: Stainless steel Swing Hooks from Sugatsune; $39.95 at Alema Hardware. A cheaper option: Koch Forged Shoulder Eye Screws: $5.14 each from Amazon. To see a video on how to install a ceiling hook, go to About. Above R: Natural Hemp Rope; 50 feet for $24.95 at Amazon.