Japanese designer Keiji Ashizawa looked to both the world of architecture and his own background in steel-working when creating his strikingly simple desk in natural or stained oak. Rail Desk employs a spare steel "frame"—inspired by the handrail of a staircase—to define the negative space and provide a tactile contrast to the wood surface. Conceived with versatility in mind, it can function as a desk, counter or shelf to store books and be hung at any height that the need dictates.
8.3" h x 36.2" w x 17.7" d (21.2x92x45cm)
Oak veneer, MDF, steel
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.