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Theresa Arns expands on the elegant playfulness of her Échasse series for Menu by lopping off the tear drop of her vase trio into a wide and shallow bowl. The brass-colored metal "stilts" and cross bar are still there to prop up the smoked glass bowl, an exquisite receptacle for fruit or flowers. The German architect-turned-product designer strives to find poetry in design that is equally functional, and with her Échasse Collection she comes out on top.
"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."