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)
Medium: 5" h x 15.75" dia (12.7x40cm)
Large: 7.25" h x 23.75" dia (18.4x60.3cm)
Brass or aluminum, glass
"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."