Theresa Arns expands on the elegant playfulness of her Échasse series for Menu by lopping off the tear drop of her vase trio into a wide and shallow bowl. The brass-colored metal "stilts" and cross bar are still there to prop up the smoked glass bowl, an exquisite receptacle for fruit or flowers. The German architect-turned-product designer strives to find poetry in design that is equally functional, and with her Échasse Collection she comes out on top.
5.5" h x 11.75" dia (14x29.5cm)
Solid brass, smoked 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.