The Godot Armchair scales down the characteristic contours of the striking companion sofa from Danish brand Menu. The rectangular-shaped chair can be positioned flush against close a wall, or in back-to-back configurations centrally in a room, useful in both residential and public spaces. Within, the softly rounded upholstered seating beckons for relaxed repose. "The interior belongs to the occupant and the exterior belongs to the room," say Boris Berlin and Aleksej Iskos, more widely known as Iskos-Berlin, the Copenhagen-based design duo behind Godot.
- 27.5" h x 32.5" w x 32.5" d (70x82.5x82.5cm)
- Seat: 15.5" h (39.4cm)
Plywood frame, PU-foam cushioning, powder-coated steel, upholstery
- Textile Group 1: Remix 3, Gaja C2C, Hot Madison, Champion, Melange Nap
- Textile Group 2: Fiord, Canvas, Colline, Hallingdal 65, Steelcut 2, Steelcut trio 3, Divina Melange, Clay, Moss
- Textile Group 3: Vintage, Safire, Grisaille, Ponpon
- Textile Group 4: Doppiopanama
- COM and COL available on request
"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."
“One of the biggest challenges for a designer,” notes Boris Berlin of Iskos-Berlin, “is to create quiet objects that don’t intrude with their egocentricity, don’t compete with the surroundings or the architecture, but still carry a strong identity and are easy to recognize and remember.” With design partner Aleksej Iskos, the duo’s Copenhagen-based studio has gained international renown for its furniture, industrial and graphic design. Leningrad-born, Boris previously founded much-lauded Komplot Design, where Ukraine native Aleksej was employed as a longtime assistant. Collaborating with some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, Iskos-Berlin’s work has been featured in museums around the world and at both MoMA and the Danish Design Museum.
The partners say their aim is for a sharper and more precise take on design with an emphasis on delving into new technologies and materials. Likening their process to the art of storytelling, they admit that the narrative of a product may be complex but, in the end, the clearer the story is, the more likely people are to understand it. As to finding inspiration, Aleksej says it comes from everywhere. “From the beauty of nature in all its shapes, constructions and materials, to industrial processes,” he says. &