An heirloom-in-the-making, the Pepe Marble Mirror nods to the great Italian era of late-1950s modernism. Like its inspiration, the mirror revels in its elevated materials, in this case marble and brass, as a streamlined take on classical forms. For this piece for Danish brand Menu, the designer duo of Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pint behind Milan's Studiopepe wouldn't have it any other way. "We like to use really great materials, which gain beauty over the years-not the opposite," they say. "We believe that such beautiful design products have to last almost forever."
10.2" h x 9.8" w x 1.2" d (26x25x3cm)
Marble, brass, mirror glass
One side magnifies 3x, the other side is flat reflection
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.