Here's a notion that's set in concrete: the Willmann Vase combines a clear glass vessel with an open-mouthed polished concrete cover that narrows to support the arrangement of flowers. Says German designer Hanne Willmann, "My ambition was to play with contrasts and the fragility of glass." Like many great pairings, the strength of one element plays off the clear refinement of the other. In this design for Danish house Menu, Hanne makes a compelling case that opposites do, indeed, attract.
7.75" h x 4.75" dia (20x12cm)
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.