Bau down! Afteroom Chair, from Danish brand Menu enlarges on the function/form balance of the legendary Bauhaus design collective. After devising an initial 3-legged model, the designers at Stockholm-based Afteroom Studio arrived at the current version that utilizes 4 supporting legs for the powder-coated, steel-rod frame. Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei then continue the spare geometry with a center stem that supports the curved backrest. Though inspired by the past, they say they firmly face forward: "It's important never to look back. Unless it's for the purpose of finding very good references, of course."
- 29.5" h x 18" w x 20.1" d (75x45.6x51cm)
- Seat height: 18.1" (46cm)
Powder-coated steel, wood
From lighting and furniture, tabletop to bath, the wide offerings of Menu speaks to this Copenhagen-based company’s guiding quest for functional originality. “It’s about creating aesthetically pleasing designs that evoke true feelings as well as improving processes in people’s daily lives,” says Menu founder Bjarne Hansen. This is also reflected in its stable of influential creatives including Norm Architects, Afteroom Studio, Jonas Wagell and Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen among others standouts.
Menu is just as dedicated to responsible manufacturing as innovation. Working to locate new partners in developing countries around the world, the company searches out local factories or small private co-operations to turn out high quality goods and also provide a better economic foundation for the people involved in that production.