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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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.

 

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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Bath Additions Spring 2015

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In the spirit of Scandinavian simplicity, the two Danes behind Norm Architects, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, always strive to cut to the bone. To find the simplest possible solution without forgetting the beauty of the shape or the details – all in order to reach a point where nothing added nor subtracted will make the product better.

Norm Wall Mirror_Location_2014_03The Norm Wall Mirror is part of the popular Bath series by Norm Architects. It is as versatile as it is round. Use in the hallway, the bedroom, and the bathroom or maybe even as a decorative piece in the living room.

bath ladder mirrorNorm Architects’ love of minimalism and functionality shines through clearly in the Bath series, as they create products that meet real-life needs, while still having a modern and aesthetic look.

norm bath group white 1Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen: “As a designer it is always exciting to think outside the box and try to work your designs into other parts of people’s lives, while still keeping the same design aesthetic. With the new additions to the Bath series in 2013 and 2014 we’ve slowly expanded into the hallway, the kitchen and the bedroom. So… who knows where we might go next year?”

Pepe Marble Mirror_Location_2015_02Studio Pepe wants their designs to be durable enough to last. Like, really last. They elaborate, “We like to use really great materials, which gain beauty over the years – not the opposite. We believe that such beautiful design product has to last almost forever. It’s like Dostoevskij said: ’Beauty will save the world’.” The Marble Mirror is no exception. It is solid, durable and will 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 – and some day, maybe even passed on to future generations.

Mother’s Day Staff Picks – Perfect Gifts for Her

Menu Rubber Vase

Rubber Vase: “A quirky vase that’s perfect for giving or displaying flowers in an unusual way.” – Lars

Menu Coolbreather Carafe

Coolbreather Carafe: “Keeps your wine cool on the porch.” – Lars

Menu Gridy Me Mirror

Gridy Me Mirror: “So she can see how beautiful she is.” – Helle, “Cute and simple, which my mom likes.” – Julie

Menu Chunk Candleholders

Chunk Candleholders: “Some candles to brighten her day.” – Helle

Menu Multi Basket

Multi Basket: “My mom likes going to the park.” – Julie

Menu POV Wall Candleholders

POV Wall Candleholders: “My mom loves home decor, and candle holders especially.” – Julie

Menu Blade Wine Tools

Blade Wine Tool Collection: “My mother enjoys wine with dinner. The Blade collection has everything she needs to enjoy a bottle, even if she doesn’t feel like sharing.” – Nick T.

Menu Glass Teapot + Heater

Glass Teapot + Heater: “She has tea every night. The heater means no trips to the microwave to heat up a cup of lukewarm tea.” – Nick T.

Menu Winebreather Carafe

Winebreather Carafe: “Fantastic for dinner parties. She could use a few on the table when she hosts extended family parties, such as Thanksgiving.” – Nick T.

Menu Fire Hurricane

Fire Hurricane Outdoor Candeholders: “Beautiful decorations during the day, atmospheric lighting by night. She loves having friends over until late into the evening.” – Nick F.

Menu Double Candeholder

Double Candeholder: “The intertwined shape reminds my mom of dancers. Dancing has always had a special meaning to her.” – Nick F.

Marble Wall Clock – Tribute to Timekeeping

Menu Marble Wall ClockDecorative, uncomplicated and made from natural honest materials, Marble Wall Clock is an elegant object that helps you keep up while looking back.

“With smartphones replacing traditional clocks in our society we’d like to see a renaissance of the classic wall clock, an object not only beautiful but also highly distinguished. The Marble Wall Clock exudes nostalgia, and we’ve chosen a material combination that speaks to most human senses, something very important as a designer”, says Norm Architects’ Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen.

The Marble Wall Clock arrives in mid-May and is available for pre-order right now.

Fire Basket – Instant Atmosphere

Fire Basket is SO ready to go outdoors! Fill it with firewood and surround it with good times. Take this nice little mobile fireplace to the beach, the garden, the terrace or to the party next door. Wherever you take it, it’s certain to create instant atmosphere. Available for order now at MenuDesignShop.com (arrives in May).

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Our Top 10 New Fall 2013 Items From The August 2013 NY NOW Tradeshow

Menu was represented at the August 2013 NY NOW Tradeshow. Our new Fall 2013 collection made quite an impression and won us the Best New Collection Award at the show. Find the complete press release for our new products here (13MB). In case you missed us at the show, here are the Top 10 Items from the new Fall 2013 Collection:

1. Flip Around Table

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2. New Norm Dinnerware

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3. Deluxe Winebreather Carafe

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4. Gridy Me Mirror

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5. Bath Towel Ladder & Wiper

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6. Fire Hurricane Tealight Holders

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7. POV Candleholders

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8. Chunk Marble Candleholder

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9. Stone Storage Jars

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10. Champagne Sabre

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Check out the new collection in our store!

Menu wins Accent-On-Design® award in New York for best new collection

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MENU’s 2013 autumn-winter collection, A NEW WAY, won the Accent-On-Design® award at this month’s NY NOW fair in New York. The collection resonates the brand’s new design approach and shows a range of design items with a strong Scandinavian expression, in collaboration with renowned Scandinavian and international designers.

The jury’s motivation for the Best New Collection award: A collection of functional living, dining and outdoor products featuring beautiful Scandinavia design with true originality, each serving as a unique conversation piece.

MENU founder Bjarne Hansen:
“This is highly rewarding. We’re so passionate about design and we’re working hard to translate our new vision: MAKING DESIGN MATTER, into all the aspects of the brand. It’s about creating aesthetically pleasing designs that evoke true feelings, as well as improve processes in people’s daily lives. We’re thrilled to see we’re on the right path”!

The collection includes smaller furniture, tableware and interior items. It also includes a very refined outdoor and bathroom line, designed by Danish based Norm Architects.

“This collection is about soft minimalism, timelessness and durability. We insist on implementing quality in the design process as well as choice of materials and methods. You should look at our designs and continue to find them interesting for a long time, says MENU’s Head of Design”, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen.

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For more than 25 years, Accent-On-Design® has introduced innovative and emerging product designers and designs to the American home and lifestyle market. Today considered the industry’s leading resource for design-led merchandise, it presents a dynamic and juried collection of contemporary and innovative product lines from 150+ NY NOW exhibitors. The award is presented semi-annually.

Autumn-Winter 2013 collection

Download Catalog – Menu News AW 2013

Download Press Release – ACCENT-ON-DESIGN®_AWARD_Pressrelease