Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Get inspired to remodel your bathroom with these practical bath items.

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A few simple adjustments and you can transform the Flip Around Stool from a tray to hold all your bathroom essentials into a a surprisingly comfortable stool.

The Towel Ladder is an informal and flexible piece of furniture made for storing towels and accessories in the bathroom. Norm Architects explain “Our work is firmly rooted in Scandinavian design tradition. When a recognizable form gets an original twist, the products seems more fun to use. We have now incorporated this principle in the bathroom, where cleanliness is of paramount importance”.

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Light, uniform lines and rounded bases create a bathroom series characterized by understated elegance. This is all that is needed to create a pleasingly clean focal point in your bathroom. With functional details all around, the Bath series from Menu is both hygienic and user-friendly.

For the entire bath collection, click here

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How to Style an Office

Here are some practical items for your office to boost your productivity without interrupting your flow.

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Snaregade Table, Oval, by Norm Architects / Studio WM Dining Chair by Studio WM

The Snaregade Table by Norm Architects was originally designed as table specifically for Bjarne Hansen, the creative director and founder at Menu; however, Norm also decided to manufacture some tables for their own studio. The WM dining chair is great because of its light and airy appearance and the thin structure of the wire frame that gives it a delicate feel.

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Wire Bin by Norm Architects

Norm Architects make it a virtue to focus on quality, durability and timelessness with this wire bin. They tried for something simple, but also visually strong.

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Tribeca Reade Table Lamp by Soren Rose

The Reade Table Lamp was inspired by New York City glamour in the late 1930’s. The name Tribeca refers to a very popular part of New York on lower west Manhattan, the triangle below Canal Street.

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My Spot by Jan & Henry (Photo Credit: Jennifer Hagler)

MySpot is formed of three anchors, a weight, and string. This is perfect for the office because it can hold a calendar, schedule, message, sketch, postal order, hotel reservation, or a postcard from travel. You can have all that you need within sight in a well arranged and impressive composition.

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Stick System by Jan & Henry/ Metal Wall Clock by Norm Architects

The Stick System is a multi-functional shelving system. This is perfect for the office to store all work related item such as documents, notebooks, books, writing utensils, or whatever you seem fit. The wall clock is a celebration of materiality, color, and simplicity.

 

 

 

 

So… They’re Shelves?

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Have you ever had a shelving system that can be configured into whatever you need? With wooden sticks and joints of steel the versatile Stick System can be transformed into a hanging clothing rack, work table, and a shelving system. This is easily assembled and offer multi-functional solutions for residential use. As an add-on to the shelving system, light steel plates work as mobile shelves for placing books, plates, lamps and other objects.

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Endlessly Configurable

The stick system comes in many different varieties and is highly configurable. Regardless of what specific configuration you purchase, you can re-arrange the building blocks as you see fit.

  • 1 x 2: 28.9″w x 22.8″h x 19.7″d
  • 1 x 3: 28.9″w x 37.7″h x 19.7″d
  • 1 x 4: 28.9″w x 52.5″h x 19.7″d
  • 1 x 5: 28.9″w x 67.4″h x 19.7″d
  • 3 x 2: 76.9″w x 22.8″h x 19.7″d
  • 3 x 3: 76.9″w x 37.7″h x 19.7″d
  • 3 x 4: 76.9″w x 52.5″h x 19.7″d
  • 3 x 5: 76.9″w x 67.4″h x 19.7″d

 

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Stick System is presented in various color combinations and wooden hues, and with maximum attention to detail, the combined wood and steel structure perfectly harmonizes with the chosen color palate for a clean, soft and light appearance we refer to as Soft Minimalism. The organic construction of Stick System is the creation of Czech designers Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus, who in recent years have earned recognition for their design philosophy.

The Designers

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Jan and Henry mention, “We wanted to create a clever and aesthetically beautiful design solution for a modern generation: Stick System can be extended and adapted to fit different spaces. It enables multiple options, which makes it a pragmatic interior solution to today’s increasing needs,” comments Jan Plecháč. They are equally as grounded as their design, and when asked about the most important aspect to consider as a designer, their answer is unanimous: “Being as responsible as possible to the planet and to the people that inhabit it”.

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Photo Credit: Tariq Dixon, TRNK

Order the Stick System here

If you would like a custom order of the stick system, or have any questions, email us at: menudesignshop@gmail.com

Finest New Zealand Wool Rug

What you see is what you get

Norm Rugs are made of 80% New Zealand Wool and 20% Cotton for the wrap. Because of the altitude and vegetation of the herds, New Zealand wool tends to have a longer staple and an inherently softer feel than other wools.

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Norm Rugs are straightforward and honest handmade quality. The hand made rugs are flat-woven by highly skilled craftsmen from carefully selected wool and cotton threads. The plain rugs in natural Scandinavian colors are designed to suit every style and taste.

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Danish duo, Norm Architects, makes a virtue of focusing on quality, durability and timelessness. Their objective is designs applying good materials and craftsmanship whilst embodying beauty, traditions and history; and, most importantly, they want their designs to outlive fleeting trends. The name Norm signifies the importance of drawing inspiration from norms and traditions, within the fields of architecture and aesthetics, having been refined through the centuries.

 

Buy the Norm Rectangular Rug here.

5 Creative Side Tables

Innovative side tables with unique designs and practical functions.

Cage Table

The Cage Table is a light and functional storage unit – used to beautify and light up all the empty and boring spaces of the world. Designers, Form Us With Love, mention “The Cage collection has a strong functional ambition while the pieces also become beautiful interior accessories”.

Turning Table

German designer Theresa Arns set out to design a simple side table with built in storage space for whatever you need at hand in the living room. The design of the Turning Table is elegant, distinct, and very welcoming. Arns explains, “I was looking for an unpretentious but elegant way to open the storage container under the top plate and got the idea to open the lid by rotating it around one of the legs”.

Yeh Table

Yeh Wall Table is designed by Taiwan-based designer, Kenyon Yeh. He found the inspiration for this mobile side-table after observing a cheerleading practise at a neighbouring school in his hometown.

Stick System

Designers Jan and Henry mention how “it enables multiple options, which makes it a pragmatic interior solution to today’s increasing needs”. The Stick System can be used as a side table, a bookshelf, a nightstand, a shelving system, or whatever you desire.

Flip Around Table

A few simple adjustments and you can transform the Flip Around chair from a tray in the hallway, to the table holding your afternoon coffee, into a surprisingly comfortable stool. Norm Architects strived for a mix of the new and the classic.

Brilliant New Sofa Arriving Soon!

We are very excited to announce our new Godot Sofa by Isko-Berlin coming out this September! Godot is a comfortable and inviting sofa series comprising of the 2 and 3 seater, as well as an armchair. The inner “spaces” of the sofa are designed in sizes allowing for a comfortable seating position without limiting the freedom to move around and stretch your legs.

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Iskos – Berlin Design is a partnership between Boris Berlin and Aleksej Iskos. The firm operates within the fields of industrial, furniture and graphic design. This enterprise was only established in late 2010, but Boris and Aleksej had worked together for a number of years prior to setting up shop together. In 1987, Boris co-founded Komplot Design, where Aleksej was employed as an assistant for more than 11 years. This long and fruitful cooperation engendered a shared design philosophy.

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The exterior vertical and rectangular surfaces allow for easy and natural placement of couches along with and close to walls as well as positioned centrally in the room; and, likewise, the feasibility of placing the furniture side by side as well as back to back. This feature makes Godot very usable in private as well as in public spaces.

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The Perfect 4th of July Product Guide

For Outdoors

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String Lounge Chair by Studio

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String Dining Chair by Studio WM

Guided by all senses, Studio WM designers have a mission to create seemingly simple designs that reflect the love and details that is put into them for years to come. Their Wire design is available as a Dining chair and a low Lounge Chair. They both have the same light and airy appearance and the thin structure of the wire frame gives them a delicate feel, while also providing a fine contrast to any cushion you put on the dining chair – or the blankets, pillows and soft items you lay in the lounge version.

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Fire Hurricane by Norm Architects

Fire Hurricane has a special luster glass that beautifully reflects the surroundings when the candle is not lit. When the candle is lit, the reflections dissolve and light breaks through the luster. This makes the Hurricane a decorative element both when used, and not.

For the Kitchen

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New Norm Flatware by Norm Architects

The cutlery is designed to work with all kinds of meals and will suit everything from appetizers and entrées to desserts, lunches and midnight snacks.

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Bottle Grinder by Norm Architects

The unique, inverted design ensures that salt, pepper, pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries, walnuts – or whatever you fill them with – only sprinkle out when you grind, leaving no trace on the table or in the kitchen. The Grinders have a bottle like shape, which is also important to the whole experience.

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Tilt Cutting Board by Tobias Tostesen

Tilt Cutting Board is designed with a special angle on its sides in order for it to lean steadily against your kitchen wall. A clever detail that spares you the agony of cuts in the table top and loud slams of cutting boards hitting the table, while also adding a beautiful new dimension to the overall shape of the board – simple and straight lines broken by the soft iconic corners and perfectly angled sides.

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New Norm Dinner Plate by Norm Architects

Norm Architects initially designed this special series of dinnerware as a profound admiration of one of Denmark’s most prominent painters, Vilhelm Hammershoi, and the unique feel of the crisp and pristine Nordic winds, which served as the main inspiration for the color scheme.

Water and Wine

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Multi Carafe by Jakob Munk

The decanter is versatile, and can be used for both wine and water. This is large enough to use for wine aeration, and the slanted funnel-formed opening makes it easy to pour from wine bottle to the decanter.

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Coolbreather Carafe by Norm Architects

The beautiful and stylish bottle-shaped Cool Breather is designed to integrate the actual aeration of the white wine as part of the sensation of enjoying refreshed and well-tasting white wine. Place the wine bottle on the table and attach the carafe to the bottleneck. Turn the bottle and carafe over to experience the bubbling sound of the white wine aerating through the neck and down the carafe. The integrated aeration is one of the most effective designs on the market today, handily beating other aerators in a Eurofins aeration test.

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Champagne Sabre by Karim Rashid

The Champagne Sabre is designed for opening champagne bottles swiftly and extravagantly. Aim towards where the vertical seam of the bottle meets the top lip of the bottle, and strike away from the base. The normal pressure inside the bottle automatically ensures that no glass shards contaminate the champagne.

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Baggy Winecoat by Jakob Wagner

The Menu Baggy Winecoat gives the popular wine bags a casual but stylish look. Simply take the wine bag out of the box, place it in the Baggy Winecoat and close the flexible top. There is room for an ice pack too, if you prefer to have your wine chilled. A rubber bottom makes sure the Baggy Winecoat does not tip over – neither on the dinner table, nor on the lawn. If you want to take your wine with you, just grab the handle and go! A handy and aesthetic solution for all bag-in-box wines!

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Water Bottle with Brass Lid by Norm Architects

It takes water to truly enjoy wine; preferably served in a carafe that looks good on the dining table, does not drip, and from which it’s easy to pour. The Water Bottle perfect size will easily fit into the fridge door; and thus you’ll always have nicely cooled water ready for serving. The glass being mouth blown is proof of fine quality.

Byoh Matcha Bar Takes Green Tea to the Next Level

The hallmark of Matcha tea is the method of cultivation where tea fields are covered for the last weeks before the harvest. A cloth reduces the amount of sunlight and forces plants to produce more chlorophyll and amino acids in order grow, giving Matcha tea a unique composition. Denmark’s first Matcha bar, Byoh, just opened up in Copenhagen, and Menu was pegged for furnishing the cafe. We are proud to show off some of our newest products in Byoh.

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Menu Stick System by Jan and Henry

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Dining Chair by Afteroom. Cafe Table by Afteroom

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Hanging Vessel by Wrk-shp. Counter Stool by Afteroom.

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Cylindrical Storage by Alexa Lixfeld. Lid Plate by Norm Architects. New Norm Bowl by Norm Architects.

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Pepe Marble Mirror by STUDIOPEPE. Cube Candleholder by Erik Olovsson. Concrete Vase by Hanne. Watering Can by Anderssen & Voll.

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Wire Pot by Norm Architects. Wire Base by Norm Architects.

Must Haves for your Bedroom!

We’ve gathered a few items to make your life much more simple.

The minimalist design of these products will add the perfect amount of elegance to your bedroom!

Clocks

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Metal Wall Clock by Norm Architects (DK)

The Metal Wall Clock is a celebration of materiality, color, and simplicity. Reducing the clock to its most essential elements, the designers are focused on the simple hands and the round clock face. The clock is available in 2 material combinations – a mirror-polished steel version and a brushed-brass version. The smooth finish makes the clock unobtrusive an enduring and timeless addition to a home. It can also be used in living rooms or offices as well as in dining rooms or kitchens.

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When the alarm goes off, waking you – you simply take the clock and turn it upside down to stop the alarm. It is a fabulously decorative piece and, therefore, it is equally useful on your office desk, next to the bed, or even in the kitchen. You will not find a more elegant alarm clock. With its rounded bottom and no-tilt design, the Norm Tumbler alarm clock is decorative, practical and fun to interact with.

Lighting

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Classic with the right amount of twist—the design blends the delicate and the raw into a beautiful little table lamp that provides a soft and cosy light. The G9 frosted bulb, adjustable by the flick of a hand, allows you to decide the type of ambience you prefer in your bedroom. The JWDA Concrete Lamp looks great in any room; and it can also be used on a side table, by the window or on the office desk. This is, indeed, tremendously eye-catching, yet truly simple design at its best.

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Practical, yet friendly and playful… Through an exploration of geometry and asymmetry, this Conic lamp sports a cone-shaped shade in painted metal, cocked at a pleasingly jaunty angle. The touch sensitive top of the lamp moves through three different brightness levels.

Bedroom

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The Rain Blanket and Cushion are used for relaxed cozy moments while the colors and patterns serve as decorative eye-catchers. Because of the great wool material, the pattern and neutral colors, ‘Rain’ will fit in many different contexts and has the potential to become a life-long companion. The designers Signe Hytte & Kristina Kjær elaborate, “We are fascinated by – and take great pride in – using the old craft traditions in new ways. Knitwear is typically seen in the fashion industry so we thought it would be interesting to take the same quality and history, and use it for a series of blankets and pillows.”

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The Teddy is the mascot for our entire Nepal Project, bringing sustainable employment to vulnerable Nepali women. This soft wool Teddy can not only be a perfect decoration for the bedroom, but can also be used as a beloved toy.

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This laundry basket, also part of the Nepal Project, can be used as a flexible hamper for smart storage and swift transportation. It’s minimal design is perfect for the bedroom!

 

Storage

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Jewelry Box by Theresa Arns (DE)

This jewelry box has a sleek design which creates a simple and geometric expression and a very sculptural character, whether it is open or closed. This is perfect to store all your small, precious and personal items such as your jewelry or tiny office items. You can sort your stuff the way you like it in the small partitions of the box and use the built-in mirror when you’re putting on your makeup or jewelry—or if you just want to check your hair during the day.

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This beautifully crafted norm collector is made of powder coated steel and has four arms for necklaces, bracelets or earrings, a tray base to hold rings, ear studs or brooches and a small platform on top where you can display your favorite of the week.

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Finger rings, bracelets, chains and earrings – all find their place on the jewelry tree which is just as beautiful and sculptural as it is fascinatingly simple. In daily use it is not only decorative, but provides you with a good overview of what you can choose among. Louise Christ, the designer, has used mirror-finished aluminium which both tolerates use and has the necessary weight to carry your jewelry without tipping over.

Mirror

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Not only is this marble mirror beautifully crafted, but it’s also solid, durable and meant to last. Year after year after year. The classic design and clean aesthetics, inspired by the style in late 50’s Italy, give the mirror a great iconic value. An object to be used and enjoyed everyday –maybe even passed on to future generations. STUDIOPEPE want their designs to be durable enough to last. Like, really last.

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The Norm mirror is a beautiful piece of design with simple aesthetics, powerful looks and fine details. This is designed to lean against the wall—or to go, stand or hang wherever you find best. Norm Architects found the simplest possible solution and cut to the bone without forgetting the beauty of the shape or the details—all in order to reach a point where nothing added or subtracted will make the product better.

 

 

Gblog Interviews NORM Architects

(Original article by tiffy at Gblog)

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It’s all about the norm with NORM Architects. They excel in creating timeless architecture through their continuous journey of  focusing on good design and good ideas. After their whirlwind of innovation first embarked onto this planet only four years ago, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn have dignified a true presence of the proficiency of what they can do. Jonas Bjerre Poulsen took a breather from gifting the world with their amazing work to chat with us about Verner Panton, Scandinavian design and their personal choice of style.

Your spaces are very “designed,”everything is very clean, minimalist, white and light only leave space to few accents that elegantly complement the environment. How important is it to you the space continuity and the interaction of the space with materials and textures?

We often choose to do bright and white interiors because of its ability to enlarge the space visually. With big windows, the white walls serve as a beautiful canvases for natural daylight and the play of shadows on the walls, when the light enters the house.

White is also an optimal color for the interiors in Scandinavia where the sky is often grey. The white surfaces reflect the light and give a serene feeling that is important to optimize the quality of life in this country, where the sun is often behind grey clouds. These interiors serve as a neutral backdrop. It does not only enlarge the space but provides also the most beautiful and non disturbing background for beautiful furniture, painting and most importantly it takes the focus away from the interior in itself and makes you focus on the life being lived in the house – the colorful people, the colorful food we eat, etc.

A very important issue for us is timelessness, which is a classical virtue in Scandinavian Design. Tendencies they come and go – and they come and go even faster each day – like in the fashion industry, where designers have to come up with new designs for the entire wardrobe four to six times a year. Imagine if that became true for design or even architecture and we had to tear down and rebuild our house several times a year.

The Scandinavian tradition is rooted in a sincere devotion to the crafts, with a strong focus on using good materials, creating designs that last – but products should not only be durable because of good materials and good craftsmanship – but also aesthetically durable in the sense that you can keep on looking at them and still finding them interesting and beautiful over time. This virtue of focusing on quality, durability and timelessness is getting more and more important in a time of scarce resources and mass consumption in a global political sense.

I see a lot of Verner Panton in your work. I feel like his style sometimes can be a little far away from the purity of NORM. Is it an homage to the maestro?

You are right that the colorful Panton universe in many ways is far away from our aesthetics which is mainly due to the retro colors. If you look at many of the designs in themselves they are actually very simple, minimalist and clean – and used in a new context the products also get a new life.

Sometimes I perceive your work as if the space was “suspended in time” waiting for something to happen. One of the Italian maestri I have in my heart is Ettore Sottsass. Ettore was a firm believer that design and architecture are in a way, a compulsive search to “frame” perfection and to make it last forever. Do you believe that it can all be an illusion? Doing so perhaps strong feelings are left aside because are too momentary and ephemeral?

We are very inspired by traditional Japanese architecture in what we do, where there is great emphasis on the beauty of empty space. So instead of focusing on the structural elements of architecture, we focus much more on space itself – what happens between the borders that we define – the event and the possibilities for framing life that architecture provides. In our photographs we try to capture that space or event, which is of course impossible and that is probably why you get that feeling of an event that is about to occur. We are also very focused on the tactility and the poetics of space which in many ways is determined by the tactility of the materials we use. Tactility is, together with all the other senses, extremely important for how we perceive the world.

Tactility may be perceived through our skin and organs, but the expectation of how something will feel is something we constantly judge when seeing. Therefore tactility is also an important part of aesthetics and something we also try to capture in the images of our projects.

Norm is now a world class Firm with its work appreciated in every corner of the Globe. What’s next? Are you exploring something innovative or any new solutions? Do you intend to continue along the line that made you guys come this far or will there be something different in the near future?

As you know, when people mention the word design, they usually think about creativity, originality and uniqueness, but we have named our company “NORM ARCHITECTS” and people often ask us why? We have chosen this name, NORM, because we want to express our wish to work with the traditional Scandinavian norms and standards – already established by a long tradition, instead of rejecting them in the endless search for what is NEW – which before the crisis seemed to be the mantra for many young designers and producers. Instead of focusing on making NEW design, we want to make GOOD design. But of course we try to expand our practice to new areas and work with new elements and genres, as long as it makes sense to us. We engage in everything that interests us – which besides lighting, furniture and architecture also includes graphics, industrial design, photography, art, strategy, art direction, jewellery design and much more. Recently we have also begun to work with how we can use design as an infrastructure to healthy living, trying to influence peoples’ lives in more than an aesthetic and functional sense.

How would you react if someone told you that starting from tomorrow all the human beings of the planet would not be able to see the color white but everything will be shifted to very vivid colors?

We would probably choose another color and continue to work monochromatic with that color. Like the people of Greenland that have more than 80 terms for snow or the Japanse that work with an extremely many shades of grey and brown we also work intensively with color in our projects – just in a more subtle way. We actually love color in nature but we prefer that residential architecture is a true alternative, a calm and controllable universe that gives space for inner reflection.

We know Jonas lived in Roma for a while. I am sure both of you have been to Italy many times. What do you think of the current Italian architecture, generally speaking?

Until recently we actually owned a house in the mountains on the border of Lazio and Abruzzo together with some friends, so we came often to visit. I (Jonas) also have family near Rome. Both Italian and Scandinavian design have always had a certain style that was recognizable, but we now experience that a certain style or design language is no longer determined by national borders. Also in Italy we experience that the design scene is much more diversified than earlier and much more global where designers share ideas related to taste much more than national heritage.

I recently came across the book “Why do architects wear black?” by Corula Rau. What’s in your closet? Name three fashion brands you love and explain why. 

As in our approach to architecture, we are also a bit conservative in our choices when it comes to clothing. We have some small independent designers in Copenhagen that we like but when it comes to bigger brands they do it much better across the sound in Sweden and 3 Swedish brands that we love are AcneJ. Lindeberg and Filippa K.