Darkly Mirror nods to the legend that humans first saw their reflection in small ceramic bowls filled with water, way back in the Stone Age. Scottish-born designer Nick Ross references that parable in his similarly bowl-like framed mirror for Danish maker Menu in gleaming brushed brass or aluminum. "That it cannot be proven adds to the object's mystery," he says. "Is this a new object or an old one reinvented?"
- Small: 2.5" h x 8" dia (6.3x20.3cm)
- Large: 7.25" h x 23.75" dia (18.4x60.3cm)
Brass or aluminum, glass
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.