This stenditoio, or 'stretching instrument'--for the non-Italian speaking crowd--is one of the best clothes drying racks we've ever seen. Found in the bathroom of a lovely Italian/Portland, Maine couple near Columbia University, this dryer is interactive, it's fun, it saves space, and it never has to be removed or packed away.
Michela smuggled it back from Italy after visiting family and it has been serving her household well ever since.
Each rod ascends and descends via a manually operated extension pole that attaches to little plastic rings. Once you have the clothes on the rack, you lift it into its highest position until the clothes have dried to keep them off your head while showering.