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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.
Karim Rashid is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior, fashion, furniture, lighting design and art. Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. He is best known for bringing his democratic design sensibility to the masses. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Dirt Devil, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Karim is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of the consumer culture. He has had some 2500 objects put into production to date. His designs of the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the award-winning Semiramis Hotel in Athens have successfully expanded Karim's scope to include the realm of architecture and interior design.
Karim was honored with the title of 2007 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Product Design Finalist, the 2006 Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design, the 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Corcoran College, the Sleep05 European Hotel Design Award, and the 2005 Pratt Legends Award. Karim has also won the prestigious I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, Red Dot Design Award, and Chicago Athaneum Good Design Award numerous times throughout his career. His work is in the permanent collections of 14 Museums worldwide including MoMA and SFMoMA and he exhibits art in various galleries. Karim was an associate Professor of Industrial Design for 10 years and is now a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally. Karim has published his guide to living Design Your Self from Regan Books (2006), Digipop a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005), Karim Rashid: Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books, 2004), as well two monographs titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). He edited the International Design Yearbook 18 for Calmann and King (2003) and released two CD's on boutique label, Neverstop.View other products by Karim Rashid