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Portability is at the heart of designer Tim Rundle's inspired LED lighting for Copenhagen's Menu and this versatile pendant takes the idea and runs with it. First, TR's beautiful opal glass globe dispels the idea of a light bulb as something to be hidden. And the fully dimmable bulb's inner structure is engineered in aluminum to draw heat away from the LED and maintain an optimum temperature and assure longevity. Second, the TR series is designed to be screwed into existing ceiling pendant sockets, permanently mounted and hard-wired or even simply hung from a hook with its cord plugged into a wall outlet to suit modern urban nomads.
"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."