Obsessed with clever solutions and functional details, Menu collaborates with designers worldwide to create products that evoke true feelings. Passionate, original and responsible, Menu delivers high quality crisp, clean designs expressed in soft Nordic colors to create their own style they call "Soft Minimalism".
Founded in 1976, Menu A/S is a Danish design company that collaborates with talented designers in-house and worldwide to deliver high quality design with a crisp, Scandinavian look. Passionate about design, new materials and clever details, Menu strives for original designs that balance the masculine and feminine, and the tactile and sensual, to create an unusual but harmonious experience for the user.
Working strategically with innovative products, Menu's projects always have either a new function, a new material or a new production method at the heart of the design. That originality is what makes it a true Menu product.
Part of this process includes locating new partners in developing countries and around the world. Seeking local factories or small private co-operations, Menu wants the production of their high quality goods to provide the people involved in the production with a better economic foundation.
With belief in making design matter - Menu strives to create products that evoke true feelings, innovations that make a genuine difference, and by combining do-well with do-good.
Jakob Wagner was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1963 and received his first design degree in his home town. After attending several international schools he graduated from the Art Center in Montreux, Switzerland, with a degree in product design in 1992.
He immediately set up his own studio in Copenhagen and for the first 5 years of his career he worked with sports and professional equipment for clients such as Porsche and Pioneer. Though, gradually he gained interest in objects for the home. On his design philosophy, Jakob says: "I often try to create a kind of balanced tension between opposite qualities in the object. I play with static versus dynamic expression, symmetry versus asymmetry, masculine versus feminine, organic versus geometric, etc. This challenges our senses, makes an object come alive and touches us emotionally."
In 2003, he was awarded The Danish Arts Foundation Three-Year honorable Bursary. Jakob's work is often part of exhibitions in Scandinavia and around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he had his first object included in the permanent collection in 2006. In autumn 2008, Jakob won the award as Denmark's "Best Designer" by one of the leading interior magazines.View other products by Jakob Wagner