As far as Scandinavian design goes, MENU is pretty high up on the list for always reinventing simplistic, minimalist furniture through a collaboration of super talented designers. Yes, the SS17 collection is every bit as desirable, if not more now that MENU have included a collection of absolutely beautiful seating demonstrating a less boxy approach to comfortable sofas. Can we just take a minute to talk about the Tailor sofa, please? Created by Portuguese designer Rui Alves who was inspired by his grandfather’s favourite tailor shop, drawing on a sense of authenticity, remembering suits handing on wooden hangers and the tailors working over their benches. Every part of this sofa is meant to be seen and admired, from its scooping structure made from oak, the wooden joints and the general flow of the piece. I can’t imagine a better piece for our living room now either. Ok, well a girl can dream…
Smaller details include the Glow Hurricane candle holder designed by Norm Architects. Inspired by traditional oil lamps, it casts a soft glow from its opaline glass top which sits on top of a bronzed solid brass base.
Benches continue to make themselves at home in 2017 as really a versatile piece of furniture, so I’m really pleased to see the Meet Bench amongst this collection. It’s perfect for two to sit on but also works well as an occasional table – I’d use it in the hallway to keep our unruly shoes under control, although it’d be an equally perfect home for our growing family of plants too.
Spring and summer sees a continuation of minimal luxe style using quality materials, from marble and oak to smoked glass and solid bronze. Practically perfect. Which design speak to you?