Tantalizingly, a sphere, an angle and a rod meet In Brooklyn designer Colin King’s centerpiece candle holder. This award-winning statement, from Danish house Menu, intersects dramatic asymmetry. The graphic finishes—polished brass or matte black—enhance its exaggerated proportions at more than 2 feet high and nearly 3 feet in length. Beyond its prosaic function to hold a taper, the deceptively simple geometric form doubles as an intriguing tabletop sculpture.
16.3" h x 27.5" w x 5.1" d (41.5x70x13cm)
Polished brass or painted steel
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.