Échasse is French for stilts. So, for good reason, German architect-turned-product designer Theresa Arns pinched the word as the name for her elegant series of vessels for the Danish house Menu. The lithe brass-colored metal "stilts" suspend the smoked glass vase delicately off the ground. For the vase, Theresa tapped the drop-like shape of a laboratory test tube. The contradiction in the size of the vessel against its stick-like legs is as marvelous a sight as an artist on stilts!
Small: 11" h x 6" dia (28x15cm)
Medium: 17.75" h x 8.75" dia (45x22cm)
Large: 23.75" h x 12" dia (60x30cm)
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.