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?

Menu Stick System

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.

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.

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!

Inbani Chooses Norm Bath at ISH Frankfurt 2013

The bathroom design and decor industry is a very dynamic one. Clients are always looking for that special look to separate them from the rest, and companies are always looking to offer those special looks. One company, Inbani, hails from Spain and is one of the younger and more dynamic companies in the industry. Inbani’s aspiration to innovate is core to their business philosophy: “to be the vanguard of design with current trends, materials and new technologies. We have design and quality as our main value and our objective is to give comfort and aesthetic value to the bathroom space.”

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So, when Inbani went to the ISH Frankfurt convention earlier this month and needed to offer selections representing their high standards, they chose to adorn their design booths with the new Menu Bath line by Norm. Bath is the ideal choice when design, quality, comfort and aesthetics are important. You will find clean elegant lines, sturdy materials, and designs that are functional yet complement and enhance practically any bathroom.

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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.

The Urban Wintergarden

(Article originally by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn at bobedre.dk, translated by Nicholas Frickelton)

The special light of the North, as well as its paradoxical combination of change, togetherness and wholeness, is the inspiration for the color palette of New Norm Dinnerware. Materials, contours and textures have been gathered directly from nature’s elements in the clean, simple and honest way that defines Nordic form. The diversity of colors and materials frees creativity and challenges the traditional arrangement of a meal. Variations in colors, surfaces and compositions can tell stories about the year’s passing and seasonal produce; rhubarbs in spring, strawberries in summer and fall apples. In this context, New Norm will be the perfect stage for the local kitchen and the use of seasonal produce.

Don’t think your experience ends there. Under select pieces of New Norm Dinnerware you will find beautiful illustrations of local produce and a discrete QR-code. This code will give you access to an online universe of inspiration for delicious cooking with local produce and inviting table arrangements. Here you will find a whole new visual and culinary world along with the story about the set and the restaurant Höst.

Scandinavian design has naturally found its mirror-image in Nordic gastronomy, and so it was straightforward to let the two complement each other. This is currently being accomplished at the Nansegade-Quarter’s new local neo-Nordic restaurant, which we designed and furnished with custom furniture and lighting.

In order to support the local concept we found inspiration in the fields, and dragged the farm and everything ‘country’ into the city, and created a modern restaurant with both a tight and cozy feel. Everything from the food and the dinner sets to the furnishings is rustic and almost embarrassed in its simplicity.

See the pictures below or experience our online universe at http://www.newnorm.dk

Photos by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

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What is a Thermo Cup?

Thermo Cup, Side plate, SpoonFor years, Menu has been selling a genuinely useful product that perhaps hasn’t gotten then attention it deserves. Who hasn’t sat with a warm mug of something delicious, eager to hold the warm cup in their hands, but then noticed that – hey – perhaps this mug is a little TOO hot. So you put it down, let it cool a bit, sip at it carefully and then finally – once your infallible mouth-thermometer detects the right temperature – embrace your mug with your by-now freezing hands. Ahhh… so warm, so nice. If only you didn’t have to wait forever for that. You don’t have to. Menu’s thermo cups remove the wait, and also keep your drink warm for longer, meaning less icky cold sips.

black contour thermocup 4 pack large 2How does it work? Well, it’s quite simple and ingenious. Menu’s thermo cups 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 leaving the cup to cool and no more big 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 thermo cups even come with lids, turning your thermo cup into an instant mini-thermos for longer heat retention.

thermo cups 6 pack largeThere are many sizes and designs to choose from. Even our smallest thermo cups are roomy, but if you prefer big mugs of hot stuff we have large thermo cups aplenty. Want thermo cups with lids? We got you covered. We even have lots of stylish designs on the cups themselves, from the simple and elegant award-winning Black Contour sets, to the colorful and cozy Nordic Wool sets, the playful Norm Brushstroke sets, and finally the Verner Panton tribute sets. And of course, our thermo cups are ceramic and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

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Menu New Norm Dinnerware

(Original article by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen at bobedre.dk, photos by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Rune Lundø, translation by Nicholas Frickelton)

New Norm Dinnerware

The new set we have designed for Menu carries many secrets within it. Not only did we design a restaurant for the set, we also built a digital world for it.

Our new set for Menu in many ways highlights our aesthetic look, which revolves around simplicity, timelessness, sensuality, functionality and individuality. At first glance, the individual pieces communicate just that. But, under the surface something very different lies hidden, a visual explosion that leads into a world of pictures, film and text, that inspires and informs.

Last week we visited Frederiksberg to create a picture for this platform that explains the source of inspiration for our choice of colored glazes – Wilhelm Hammershøi. The nordic melancholy, poetry, color and feel in his pictures draw you into the art in a big way. His interiors are minimalistic and modern, and the many slightly bowed heads seen from behind with exposed necks have a special kind of beauty. Our mission thus became to create modern photography of the set including elements from the inspiration source. See below for some pictures from the day and judge for yourself if Hammerhøi’s influence is detectable in our photography.