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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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.

MODERNISM-REIMAGINED-15Tumbler Alarm Clock by Norm Architects (DK)

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

jwda concrete lamp loc1JWDA Concrete Lamp by Jonas Wagell (SE)

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.

Menu_Salone del Mobile 2016_14Conic Table Lamp by Thomas Bentzen (DK)

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.

 

 

New Options, Same Quality – New Norm Dinnerware Spring 2015 Additions

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NNDW_Location_19We’re really pleased that the New Norm Dinnerware series has grown to be so popular and that people all around the world are enjoying their meals from our plates, bowls and glasses. The Scandinavian simplicity and purity has won hearts all over the world and this year we’re launching two new shades of lovely Nordic colors, the soft and feminine Nude – and the delicious light brown Latte.

NNDW_Location_03We’ve also added several new items. New Norm Bottle comes in 4 beautiful Scandinavian colors and blends in perfectly with the rest of the series. Mix and match with the rest of the New Norm series or choose your favorite color and let it stand out from the rest of your kitchen. Use New Norm Bottle for serving juice, water, or wine. The NNDW plates have new company, with the dinner-plate sized Plate/Dish, and the adorable Low Bowls round out the selection of bowls.

NNDW_Cutlery_Location.03The New Norm Cutlery is an exciting addition to the NNDW series. A classic, versatile and long-lasting design from Danish design duo Norm Architects. Available as Knife, Fork, Table Spoon and Teaspoon – all with a great feel. New Norm Cutlery is a part of the popular New Norm Dinnerware series. 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.

NNDW_Location_18Every day all of the NNDW series is used at Restaurant Höst in Copenhagen. We use the restaurant as a playground and test-area to see which products are needed, which colors are preferred and where new designs could come in handy. In this way the series is constantly evolving and growing in order to cover the full needs of both a restaurant and a home household. New Norm Dinnerware expresses the purity, simplicity, and honesty so particularly characteristic of the Nordic way. The dinnerware reinterprets the well known and challenges the traditional ways of staging a meal. The diversity of colors and materials in New Norm Dinnerware sets the creativity free.

NNDW_Location_21All New Norm Dinnerware products are produced with isostatic press technology to improve durability. The production takes place in a state of the art European factory, specializing in high-quality porcelain for restaurants and hotels. This gives your plates and bowls an exceptional durability.

NNDW_Location_10All designs are color-glazed and burned twice at 1400 degrees for maximum strength and a special glazing process gives each item a unique soft aquarelle look – and makes sure that no two plates, bowls or cups are alike. Around 100 people are involved in the process of crafting, quality controlling, and caring for each piece of New Norm Dinnerware.

 

Wine and Water by Benjamin Hubert

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ww carafe bottle pourBenjamin Hubert designed W/W, a new series consisting of a wine carafe and stackable wine glasses. The challenge was to create a product with a visually dramatic wine breathing process to develop Menu’s portfolio of wine accessories.

ww carafe box pourBenjamin Hubert created over twenty prototypes of the W/W carafe during the design process to test the flow of wine and obtain the maximum aeration. The final ‘raining’ process is both visually arresting and, as the wine is poured from the bottle into the carafe, increases the surface area of the wine by eight times a normal pour from the bottle – thus providing 800% aeration and improving the wine’s flavor. The wine can then be easily served from the carafe, making the process simple and efficient. The open design means you can pour in boxed wines as well.

ww carafe pour lime waterThe new carafe is called W/W, which stands for ‘water’ and ‘wine’, as it can be used to serve a variety of beverages. When serving water or soft drinks from the W/W carafe, the rubber seal and stainless steel breathing device prevent ice and garnishes, such as fruits and herbs, from splashing into the glasses.

ww carafe glass stackThe W/W carafe is crafted from mouth-blown glass with an silicon seal that is friction-fitted over a stainless steel ‘breather’ component. The mouth-blown glasses stack inside the neck of the carafe for easy storage and transportation to the table.

Stitches – A Tribute to Patience

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stitches location stitchingStitches by Gry Fager quickly became popular when we launched it last year. It was one of our key items from the Spring 2014 collection – our very first collection as the new, reinvented Menu, and we’re really pleased with the warm welcome the series has received.

For the Fall 2014 Collection we’re adding some new items – just as cosy and down to earth as the rest of the Stitches family: a large Tea Cosy to keep a kettle warm, some lovely cotton Placemats and some soft and beautiful cotton Tea Towels. And for all the lonely tables and windowsills out there we have a lovely porcelain Stitches Vase and Candle Holders for regular candles and tealights.

stiches location cosyCross-stitching is a big part of the Danish handicraft tradition, and something closely tied to the family. Most of us learned from our unbelievably patient grandmothers – or our even more patient home craft teachers who got the questionable joy of teaching 30 kids at a time. But they did. And they made sure we followed the right patterns and tucked the thread neatly on the backside.

Cross-stitching is something you do to let your mind wander, to let go of thoughts about work and busy times, and to just be right where you are. We think this is what the world needs right now – a little collective step on the brakes. Some time to think, breathe and evaluate how we want to live our lives. It’s our hope, that stitches production hand craftedgathering around Menu Stitches will serve as a pause for you. A time to slow down, turn off the noise, log off, relax with your friends, kids or family and focus on just being right where you are.

From her studio workshop in Copenhagen, Gry Fager develops her designs, from sketching to crafting prototypes. In this creative environment ideas come alive and Stitches become reality. Her designs are also focused on quality, good products, and the good life: ”I put great personal emphasis on creating products that are very usable, and products that people will find joy in using in their everyday life”.

 

 

Thermocups Explained

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thermocup cross sectionHow does it work? Well, it’s quite simple, yet ingenious. Menu’s thermocups are double-walled. The air between the walls acts as insulation, which immediately benefits you in two ways. First, the cup stays comfortably warm on the outside even if the drink inside is scorching hot. No more waiting on the cup to cool down, and no more handles that get in the way. Second, your drink will stay warm for longer since it’s no longer losing as much heat along the sides. Some of Menu’s thermocups come with lids, turning your thermocup into an instant mini-thermos for serious long-term heat retention.

nndw thermocups loc1There are many sizes and designs to choose from. Our smallest thermocups are roomy enough for a real cup of coffee, but if you prefer big mugs of hot stuff we have large thermocups aplenty. Want thermocups with lids? We’ve got you covered. Choose from many design styles, from the simple and elegant award-winning Black Contour sets, to the subtle and pure New Norm sets, the traditional Stitches sets, and finally the Verner Panton tribute sets. And of course, our porcelain thermocups are dishwasher and microwave safe.

 

BoBedre Design Awards 2014 – Double Victory for Menu!

BoBedre has chosen the winners of their Design Awards 2014. Menu A/S scored a double victory; Designer of the Year for Norm Architects, and Entrepeneur of the Year for Bjarne Hansen, Creative Director.

Designer of the Year
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Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn have reinvented Menu’s design identity with their authentic style and form. The verdict from our jury:
“Norm equals good taste. They are representative of the New Nordic wave, but have a DNA entirely their own. Norm operates in a very conceptual and all-encompassing fashion. Their creations fit together nicely.”

Entrepeneur of the Year
Bjarne Hansen, Creative Director, Menu A/S

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“This is the man behind one of the most successful turnarounds in the design industry. That this man not only donates most of his company’s profits to charity, but also concurrently works with aid organization Danida on a development project in Nepal, makes Bjarne Hansen more than deserving of this prestigious award.”

About BoBedre
BoBedre is Denmark’s premier monthly home décor and lifestyle magazine. Since 1961, BoBedre has been serving quality articles about design, shopping, and interior decoration for the home. BoBedre is read by nearly 9% of Denmark’s population every month.