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For a changeup, try living with On The Edge, the multifunctional modernist lamp from Danish maker Menu. Inspired by the current desire for work and living spaces that morph quickly to accommodate ever-changing plans, the lamp can be placed either on a table or on the floor (or even hung as a pendant light.) And the direction of the light varies, depending on which side the lamp sits. A mix of matte and smooth surfaces invite further visual interest in this sculptural ceramic form in a choice of grey tones. From the Norway-based studio Noidoi, home to multidisciplinary designers Kathrine Lønstad and Cosmin Cioroiu.
"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."