Settings and stories shift according to the point of view, whether it's matter of the viewer's position physically or something more ephemeral. The countless angles by which something can be observed and experienced is at the core of the POV Candleholder Collection for wall and tabletop by Note Design Studio. The minimal graphic lines form a 3-dimensional box that alters depending on your viewpoint: it can appear flat, then floating, the shapes and shadows (when the candle is lit) becoming as much a poetic statement as plain fun. Either solo or in a group, the POV makes a strikingly graphic statement.
The Stockholm-based Note Design Studio created the POV series for Danish house Menu.
8.3" h x 7.3" w x 4.1" d (21x18.5x10.4cm)
Powder-coated or plated steel
"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."
Note Design Studio
“To note something, to get noted.” That’s the epigram that the founders of Note Design Studio, a Stockholm-based collective, use to explain their vision. “We are named after what we try to achieve. We like to pay attention to our surroundings, and try to create things that make others do the same.”
Working within the fields of architecture, interiors, products, graphic design and design strategy, the partners emphasize a tactile quality in both objects and architecture and embrace off-the-cuff inspiration—even doodles in the margins of their design notebooks. Alexis Holmqvist, Johannes Carlström, Susanna Wahlin, Kristoffer Fagerström and Cristiano Pigazzini bring an exuberance to their work that’s witty, irrepressible and, well, noteworthy.