Danes famously brave interminable winters by creating cozy, candlelit environs. That feeling they call "hygge" is served up for the modern age with this indispensable LED version of the Carrie Lamp. Lightweight and portable, with a handy USB charging cable, Carrie can go from bedside lamp to desktop task light. Or make it an alternative to candles on the dining table. Take it outdoors for sundown picnics, camping meals or moonlit walks. Dim at the touch of a button at the steel base, or brighten for reading. Flip it 180 degrees and hang it overhead. Such functionality in a spare form is a hallmark of creative directors Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm.Architects and the design house where they preside as creative directors, Menu.
9.75" h x 5.25" dia (24.5x13.5cm)
Cord: 19.75" l (50cm)
Powder-coated steel or brushed brass, opal glass
Indoor/outdoor use, dry conditions only
Handle can be used for suspending Carrie
Internal LED light source (no bulbs needed)
Max Luminance: 384 Lumens
Dimmable 4-step (0%, 10%, 50%, 100%)
Light source: LED panel, 3.2 Watt, LED, A
Charging cable included (USB to Micro-USB)
Power outlet adapter included (USB to two-blade US plug)
"It's about creating aesthetically pleasing designs that evoke true feelings,” Menu founder Bjarne Hansen told the online magazine Lonny, “as well as improving processes in people's daily lives.” Ranging from tabletop objects to bath fixtures to lighting and furniture, the Danish brand’s pursuit of "soft minimalism" involves collaborations with designers from all over the world. The company’s guiding spirit is a quest for functional originality—with each product having either a new purpose, incorporating a new material or utilizing a new production method.
Menu is just as dedicated to responsible manufacturing as it is 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. "We’re passionate about design, new materials and clever details," say the folks at Menu, "and we dream about making a difference."
“Norms aren’t boring,” Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects says, reflecting on the name of his Copenhagen-based design studio, formed with fellow architect Kasper Rønn. “On the contrary, the firm wants to make use of all that centuries-old wisdom that we now know as design.” Norm encompasses furniture, dinner service, kitchenware and lighting fixtures as well as architecture projects with third partner Linda Korndal.
“There’s something in our design culture that’s born out of our connection to the Nordic climate, to the crafts and the natural materials that surround us, and that 'something' makes us stand out,” Jonas says. Norm Architects has garnered numerous prestigious awards such as Red Dot, IF Design Award and Design Plus Award. Jonas focuses on aesthetics and Kasper concentrates on technology but the lines are often blurred on any offering, says Jonas. “You should be able to look at it in 10, 20 years’ time and still find it useful and beautiful.”