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An heirloom-in-the-making, the Pepe Marble Mirror nods to the great Italian era of late-1950s modernism. Like its inspiration, the mirror revels in its elevated materials, in this case marble and brass, as a streamlined take on classical forms. For this piece for Danish brand Menu, the designer duo of Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pint behind Milan’s Studiopepe wouldn’t have it any other way. “We like to use really great materials, which gain beauty over the years–not the opposite," they say. "We believe that such beautiful design products have to last almost forever.”
"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."