This time of year is always an interesting one in the world of interiors, as it’s when many brands release details of their spring-summer collections. I’ll be sharing the new designs from all my favourite names over the coming weeks, kicking off with Danish stalwart Menu.
Menu has been responsible for some iconic collaborations with a range of talented designers, and its latest collection is no exception. There are plenty of beautifully conceived pieces, all minimal yet highly functional and built to last.
Most striking for me is Portuguese designer Rui Alves’ ‘Tailor’ sofa, which has an upholstered foam shell and a sculptural oak frame. It was inspired by memories of his grandfather’s tailor shop, and I can certainly see echoes of tailor’s dummies and wooden coat hangers in its curved shape. Like the seams of a high-quality garment, the exposed frame was designed to be viewed from all sides, with none of the sofa’s structure hidden from view.
In addition, there are several new pieces from Norm Architects: the ‘Meet’ bench (perfect for hallways and just big enough for two people to sit on), the ‘Glow’ candleholder (a contemporary take on traditional oil lamps), and the wonderfully minimal ‘Copenhagen’ tray table.
Also from Norm is the ‘Plinth’ podium series, which was created to celebrate the beauty of marble. There are various sizes, available in black Marquina marble or white Carrara marble, which can be used as coffee tables, side tables or stands for artwork and lamps.
Other items in the collection include Copenhagen-based Theresa Arn’s stunning ‘Échasse’ vase, which sits on elegant brass legs (échasses is French for stilts), and Swedish studio From Us With Love’s ‘Cage’ table, which has been updated for spring with two new colourways – white legs with a white marble top, and metal legs with a grey marble top.
Head over to Menu for full details of all the above.
All images via Menu