Hubert is a classically shaped domed pendant newly added to the retro-chic Tribeca series from Danish maker Menu. Søren Rose Studio originally conceived the collection by recombining found parts of old lamps in new and bolder configurations. Hubert works beautifully on its own as well as clustered together in multiples. Melding an industrial feel and and nonchalant glamor, it brings character to living rooms, kitchens, offices and bars.
Small: 7" h x 9.5" dia (18x24cm)
Large: 8.5" h x 17.75" dia (21.5x45cm)
Cord length: 118" (300cm)
Powder-coated steel, plated steel or brass
Light source: E27, max 60W
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.
Søren Rose Studio
Fedora-loving Dane Søren Rose had worn many proverbial hats in his past career as a creative director, casting agent and web entrepreneur before establishing his eponymous design studio in New York (with a branch in Copenhagen.) Handling architecture, interiors and product design, he says, “we worship high quality and sustainable materials and approach our work with both traditional and innovative craftsmanship.”
With designs for notable companies such as Muuto and Menu, the prevailing aesthetic often juxtaposes a clean Nordic heritage with the grittier sensibility found in lower Manhattan. One telling example is the studio’s overhaul of a classic 1974 AirStream, its classic-Americana exterior restored while the interior got a Scandinavian-style makeover, down to a wood floor from 115-year old Danish firm Dinesen. Though Søren reveres past design icons Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton, he also rallies support for newer talents, challenging clients: “When was the last time you bought a design of an emerging designer?"