With the name Stories, Copenhagen maker Umage alludes to the distinctively personal nature of its flexible shelving. As individual collections will vary, so too creative head Søren Ravn Christensen allows for a customizable unit “so you can display your favorite objects as they deserve,” he says.
Crafted in solid oak with 4 shelves—one with an opening that holds a brass plate for small bits and bobs—Stories also includes 3 wooden box trays with venetian cane fronts for bringing order to any disarray. The shelving system can be expanded as needed and comes with brass feet that can be adjusted for leveling. And additional accessories are available separately, including a glass bowl, extra storage trays and a side table (also at A+R.)
58.3" h x 43.3" w x 13.8" d (148x110x35cm)
Solid oak, MDF, Steel, brass
Made in Denmark
Not many people would give a successful brand a name-changing reboot but that’s exactly what Søren Ravyn Christian did with Umage, which aptly translates from the Danish as making an extra effort. Formerly lighting label Vita Copenhagen, the relaunched company also branched into furniture, boldly debuting 15 pieces in a single swoop. For Søren, it’s all about problem solving: “Our design ethos is to look at a design and think how can we make this functional?... How can we make the annoying and unattractive, functional and attractive?”
The answer is range of thoughtful offerings, from the feathered Eos pendant light to the sculptural Reader chair and multipurpose Lounge Around seating. All Umage products are flat-packed in stylish boxes, to simplfy global logistics, make the products more accessible and minimize the carbon footprint. “It means putting in the extra effort with all our designs and the whole journey and process of that piece,” Soren says. “It means being clever with packaging so we are not shipping something across the oceans that is 90% air.”