Audacious goes long and lean as a platform for the TV with the necessary electronics stashed in the enclosure below (and complete with a cable outlet in the back.) Or it can serve as a multipurpose bench for extra seating that also includes welcome hidden storage. Designer Jonas Søndergaard’s organically rounded cabinet has special tambour doors that slide open to expose as much of the interior as desired at any time. Available in a range of striking hues, Audacious is as stylish as it is supremely functional.
15" h x 55" w x 16" d (38.1x140x40.6cm)
Solid oak, polyester
Made in Denmark
Not many people would give a successful brand a name-changing reboot but that’s exactly what Søren Ravyn Christian did with Umage, which aptly translates from the Danish as making an extra effort. Formerly lighting label Vita Copenhagen, the relaunched company also branched into furniture, boldly debuting 15 pieces in a single swoop. For Søren, it’s all about problem solving: “Our design ethos is to look at a design and think how can we make this functional?... How can we make the annoying and unattractive, functional and attractive?”
The answer is range of thoughtful offerings, from the feathered Eos pendant light to the sculptural Reader chair and multipurpose Lounge Around seating. All Umage products are flat-packed in stylish boxes, to simplfy global logistics, make the products more accessible and minimize the carbon footprint. “It means putting in the extra effort with all our designs and the whole journey and process of that piece,” Soren says. “It means being clever with packaging so we are not shipping something across the oceans that is 90% air.”