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Rah-Rah-Rah! Taiwan designer Kenyon Yeh was charged up to create the Yeh Wall Table for Menu when he happened on cheerleaders from a local school. “I was walking to my studio and two students were practicing balance and strength for their cheerleading routines. The guy was with his back resting against the wall, in a sitting position without a chair, while the girl was standing on his thighs with her arms stretched out," he recalls. With coated steel standing in for athletic muscle, Kenyon devised a peppy little table that stands on only two legs. The remaining stability comes from the part of the thin tabletop that is bent upwards in a 90-degree angle against the wall. No other support needed, so it's a lightweight and mobile side table for plants, a lamp or bedside clutter. Gimme a Y!
"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."
“Design is a challenge, where we always want something different in our life and this is our job, to think out of the box,” says Kenyon Yeh, whose eponymous studio is based in Taipei, Taiwan, where he lives and continues his design work. "Design is a process and a tool to deliver ideas".
After receiving a master’s degree in product design at Kingston University in London, Kenyon started his design studio first in London, then relocating to Taipei. Focusing on furniture, lighting and product design, he collaborates with a roster of international clients from Europe, United States and Asia—including Menu, Esalian, Topman UK and Seletti. “My design style is no-style, it keeps changing every time,” he says. “I’m just using my instinct to approach every project.”