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A duality of materials dictates both the name and the spirit of this refined side table with its luxe marble top and utilitarian matte-steel base. Designed by Copenhagen-based Norwegian architect and designer Danielle Siggerud, Androgyne projects a truly unstereotypical harmony that is welcome in a variety of interior settings. Originally conceived for the Menu Space cafe, it serves equally well in other contract spaces, from offices to art galleries. In the home, Androgyne makes for a distinctive side or bedside table that adds a sculptural element to a room.
"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."