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

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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.

Furniture That Does More

Here are a few pieces of furniture to make your life much more simple with its versatile functions.

Turning Table

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Due to its size and storage function the Turning Table looks great by the couch in the living room or as a bedside table for books, magazines or tissues. It will also suit lobbies, relaxed meeting rooms, waiting areas, cafes or restaurants.

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Theresa 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. The metal sticks help stabilize the construction and complements the expression of the wooden table.”

Afteroom Bench

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The Afteroom Bench is yet a supplement to the Afteroom Chair, constituting the same concept, which is a tribute to Bauhaus and functionalism, reducing the amount of material to a minimum and enhancing the aesthetic appearance to a maximum. Often a side table will be seen next to a bench; so why not, logically, transform the two into one piece? By changing the backrest into a plate, the result is more than stylish.

Cage Table

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The Cage Table is both a storage unit and a table. This is suitable as a side table next to the sofa, your favorite lounge chair, in the hall way or the bedroom. The basket under the wooden table top is ideal for storing magazines, knitting or warm socks. A light and functional storage unit, to beautify and light up all the empty and boring spaces of the world.

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FUWL says, “The cage family is inspired by new behaviors – where we put our objects in the home and how we can store things. The Cage collection has a strong functional ambition while the pieces also become beautiful interior accessories”.

Flip Around Chair

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A few simple adjustments and you can transform the Flip Around chair from the key-keeping tray in the hallway, to the table holding your afternoon coffee and into a surprisingly comfortable stool. A new multi-functional piece of furniture that can assist you all over the house, kind of like the butler you never had.

 

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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.

The Small Red One

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The Small Red One

(Original article by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen @ bobedre.dk, translation by Nicholas Frickelton)

I’m not thinking of Chairman Mao’s book, but a fine small red book by Peter Zumthor that I bought some time ago, recently rediscovered in the bookcase due to its intense color, and re-read. The book is titled “Thinking Architecture” and is a collection of free imaginings and personal considerations in the context of a life of architecture. The book tells how many pictures of architecture come to him through childhood memories, which immediately brings to my mind Walter Benjamin’s childhood descriptions from Berlin or Gaston Bachelard’s La Poétique de l’Espace.

In common between these books (and many other books that concern  a phenomenological approach to architectural thinking) is that they revolve around how you can create architecture from impressions about how rooms will be experienced purely by the senses, rather than from formalized or abstract rationales. I think most of us, entirely in our mind, can take a walk through our childhood home, able to recall every nook and cranny. We recall the lighting in the home, remember the surfaces, the weight of a door handle, the sound of the floors and the scent of every room. We can even mentally recall the taste of most of the things we sucked on and tasted, and most of us can probably also describe what the dining table looked like from underneath. As children we sense the world very strongly. As is true for many other early experiences, the experience of architecture in childhood creates the frame of reference for how we experience rooms in adulthood. The point here, that I’ve made many times before, is that we should try to think of architecture with the same sensibility as when we were children, for a time forgetting the spectacular  facades and focusing on how rooms will feel.

Here are some pictures of Peter Zumthor’s architecture. Many of the pictures contain a certain emptiness and melancholia that I find appealing in the same way that sad music can contain incredible beauty. It touches something childish in me.

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Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Robert Bailey

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

10. Robert Bailey

Is the last one in our top but this does not mean that he is less important than the others. I like to say that they are different, but they are all great interior designers. Robert Bailey is a Canadian interior designer  and he mixes functionality with design, comfort with class.

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This is perfectly shown in his work, for example in the way he arranged this beautiful Silversea Residence in Vancouver, Canada. The best thing about designing this apartment was the fact that he had to take everything from the start since the residence was completely demolished and renovated, which is a lot easier than working with what you already have there. So the designer was asked to find a way to cover a toddler’s needs and the adults ‘ ones, too, without visible intrusions in each others’ life styles and areas.

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So we can say it was a challenge from the very beginning. The apartment has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, but they are all located on the same floor, so there had to be a clear distinction made to differentiate them and to keep a common feature, too. And Bailey found the balance and did a great job. His first and main concern was to give the sensation of space so the transition between the rooms is fluid and natural without major disruptions. The rooms are beautifully designed, but kept simple, comfortable and nice.

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The design is rather minimalist, with everything you need, but not too much, with modern furniture painted in white and having interesting shapes. Every now and then a colourful pillow or a picture arrangement on the wall brings a dissonant note which is only for the best. Everything looks so clean and modern, with all the necessary media and appliances, but still safe for the toddler to walk around. It gave me a sensation of peace and quiet, perfect for a family with a child.

Well, this is our Top Ten Interior Designers and they are the ones we love best. Now you tell us your opinion and who is your favourite interior designer, even if they may not be present in this top.

Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Catherine Widawska and Thomas Widawski

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

9. Catherine Widawska and Thomas Widawski

Are the two members of a Polish family of architects who succeeded having a career and winning a lot of awards, this way proving interior design is spread all over the world and so is good taste.

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Their work and vision is defined by an apartment in Warsaw, Poland that they decorated in style. The interior of this apartment is made to look very modern and even futuristic at some points, being beautiful and airy, comfortable and useful at the same time. It shows open space and a nice combination of colours and it is youthful and fun.The space is carefully divided according to the purpose given for each area so as to make the most of it. The living room for example is supposed to bring people together for a nice time spent in common and this is exactly what it does. Even if the walls are white and the floor is wooden, keeping the wood natural colour, the space is far from boring.

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There are a lot of colourful objects that make the difference and they are carefully placed so as to make each room joyful and nice: the lemon-yellow carpet in the living room, the colourful cube-like shelves and the funny furniture in the kids room, the blue bean bag on the floor and so on. The designers paid a lot of attention to details and so the overall effect is great. There is even a long planter for indoors that is full of real grass sitting next to a big mirror, bringing some nature inside and an apparently misplaced green bag on the floor that is actually a magazine storage bag. And since the details make the difference this time the result is excellent.

Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Michael S. Smith

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

8. Michael S. Smith

Is an American interior designer and his headquarters are in Los Angeles. As each artist is known for something in particular, this time Smith is known as the one responsible for the interior designing of the White House ever since 2008, which is actually illustrative for the American style. The White House is iconic for the average American citizen, so you can only guess the value of the person chosen to decorate it.Of course, there are a lot of other projects that show his taste in interior design, like thisTower Grove project for example.

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The interior of this house shows tradition, even if American tradition is a lot younger than European one. However, you feel the family and welcome air of the rooms and you feel “at home” immediately. Everything is nice and comfortable and stylish at the same time. The dining room is centered on a long and solid wooden dining table with beautifully sculpted chairs. There is a cabinet nearby displaying the old family porcelain inherited from generation to generation (or at least we are lead to think that), a beautiful chandelier and wallpaper with floral designs.

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The rooms are open and there are very few doors to close and disrupt the beautiful scenery. You just pass from one room to another and do not see a visible difference in style. Big original painting hang over comfy sofas and there are plants everywhere. It is important to show your communion with nature as a true family person and tradition keeper. Of course there is a somptuous bedroom and a nice study or living room where you are surrounded by books and coffee tables. But the entire design of this mansion is out of time. You could never guess if you are inside a museum or a twenty first century home. It is like you have returned to the times when rich landlords were trend setters and the supreme power on the land. It shows family and power, comfort and American culture, the values that we all appreciate.

Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Miles Redd

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

7. Miles Redd

Originally comes from Atlanta, but you can say he is international. He is a remarkable designer and he turned into an advantage the fact that he used to work as a set designer. This way he can now adjust to all kinds of styles and genres without any preconceptions and stereotypes. He likes decorating and designing the interior of a house in order to reflect the owner’s personality.

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His work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vogue and Elle Décor.

So he mingles modern art and antiques or vintage items bought from thrift stores or fairs in a brilliant way. Even though he started with his friends’ apartments, he is now able to decorate any room, house, museum or any other living space.

This is one of his projects and the best proof that a small apartment in Manhattan can be colourful and really cool. So the designer though to give each room in the apartment personality and gave them each a colour that allows us to easily differentiate them. He chose a different colour for every room and tried to give it personal features in order to make it interesting and unique.

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The living room was decorated in blue and modern equipment was placed near vintage furniture covered in velour, which made the room look at least interesting. The green hallway with olive green doors made the transition to a totally unexpected room: the foyer designed to look like a garden. Brown wallpaper with branch and bird patterns was the background for the geometrical chevron pattern of the floor. In between you can admire the lamps with a column base made of malachite and a Neo-classical console that only adds a plus of personality to the room.

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There is a study with a whole collection of interesting photos and also a flat screen computer desktop next to an old fashioned orange phone. The richness of details make the whole so nice: a red door leading to a marble bathroom for example or a green kitchen next to a dining room that is full of books. But there is something really beautiful in this mixture of apparently mismatching objects, something that is quite appealing and gives away the style of the designer.