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New Norm Dinnerware: Slate Plate
Menu & Norm.Architects
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Small: $20
Large: $24
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The combined artistry of the prescient Danes at Menu, in collaboration with their favored designers at Norm.Architects, has captured something ineffably Nordic in their collection of dinnerware. Nowhere is that more evident than the New Norm Slate, a presentation plate in cool deep-blue natural slate, at once rustic and stylized. In tone, it literally and figuratively underpins the pale watery shades of the companion plates, bowls and cups. Of all the projects the two companies have launched, none been more a labor of love than the mix of honest materials and Northern-light colors in this dining collection. That special synergy is on display every night at Höst, the Copenhagen restaurant the two companies opened as a showcase for the New Norm designs. There the Slate shows its versatility, whether laden with salmon and dill, beef filet and a tangle of greens or crumble-topped beet ice cream. In any setting, the possibilities beckon.

  • Small: 6.75" dia (17.5cm)
  • Large: 8.5" dia (21.5cm)
  • Slate
  • Branded box
  • This item normally ships within 48 hours


"It's about creating aesthetically pleasing designs that evoke true feelings,” Menu founder Bjarne Hansen told the online magazine Lonny, “as well as improving processes in people's daily lives.” Ranging from tabletop objects to bath fixtures to lighting and furniture, the Danish brand’s pursuit of "soft minimalism" involves collaborations with designers from all over the world. The company’s guiding spirit is a quest for functional originality—with each product having either a new purpose, incorporating a new material or utilizing a new production method.

Menu is just as dedicated to responsible manufacturing as it is innovation. Working to locate new partners in developing countries around the world, the company searches out local factories or small private co-operations to turn out high quality goods and also provide a better economic foundation for the people involved in that production. "We’re passionate about design, new materials and clever details," say the folks at Menu, "and we dream about making a difference."



“Norms aren’t boring,” Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm.Architects says, reflecting on the name of his Copenhagen-based design studio, formed with fellow architect Kasper Rønn. “On the contrary, the firm wants to make use of all that centuries-old wisdom that we now know as design.” Norm encompasses furniture, dinner service, kitchenware and lighting fixtures as well as architecture projects with third partner Linda Korndal.

“There’s something in our design culture that’s born out of our connection to the Nordic climate, to the crafts and the natural materials that surround us, and that 'something' makes us stand out,” Jonas says. Norm.Architects has garnered numerous prestigious awards such as Red Dot, IF Design Award and Design Plus Award. Jonas focuses on aesthetics and Kasper concentrates on technology but the lines are often blurred on any offering, says Jonas. “You should be able to look at it in 10, 20 years’ time and still find it useful and beautiful.”