「工作」不再只限於辦公室，撇除無止境OT的哀嚎，在家工作所衍生的問題令人浮起想要租用/擁有個人空間的念頭，「空間消費」的概念及需求在香港地亦似乎因此急速具體化。在傢俬層面尤其檯凳，向來只有「辦公用」的傢俱才可以延伸訂製，最近的季度許多著名系列打破舊思維在「尺寸、配色」上變得更兼容，變通或是為安撫對「生活不確定」的擔憂及不安。 Some say, “The future of ‘home’ offices in all sorts of spaces is foreseeable.” To evince the statement, spend a minute or two taking a glance at the existing collections especially table/ chair, as well as your surroundings. The “consumption” of space and possibilities of designs are reinterpreted and most likely they are getting higher versatility to unexpected practice in terms of definitions of “home” & “office”, “public” & “private” spaces and etc. In fact, changes might be designed to ease our trepidation towards living.
Levitate Pendant / 是兩位與Menu合作多年的台灣設計夫妻創作，單獨或合拼懸掛在客飯廳，以燈罩窿窿頂及玻璃底上下散發暖白光，往上滲透的光線用以擴大溫暖室內的空間，拉開空間的層次感；他們數年前落地於瑞典創立工作室，以精簡恰好的Afteroom椅子系列在2015年打響名號，受到北歐傢俬界的關注；近年在港島區眾多餐飲空間(尤其咖啡廳/茶飲店)亦可看見Afteroom系列的身影。(吊燈將於四月在歐洲發行)
The Levitate has a calming colour palette suspended from the ceiling with glass at the bottom and perforated shade on top to emit tender light from both directions, as to create a more spacious and warm interior. Designed by the Stockholm-based Taiwanese Design Duo based - Afteroom, whose signature seating “Afteroom” collections spread their wings in couples of cafes, restaurants and studios in Hong Kong Island areas. Available from April 2021 in Europe. Designed by Afteroom Studio ©Menu
Passage Collection / 向來以啞光幼身鋼鐵著名的Menu，近幾季度逐漸增加木製傢俬，就是為極簡精緻添一度溫暖柔和。可疊放的實木Passage系列，以數件容易組裝的配件組成，扁平包裝讓人不禁想起北歐每家每戶必備的Stool 60，或算是現代設計團隊向丹麥傳統木工職人的致敬。
Balancing Menu’s sleek and metal-based brand collections with wood-made soft designs, Norm Architects get you the spell of traditional Danish cabinet makers and come up with the stackable Passage solid wood collection in self-assembled flatpack; which does remind us of the Stool 60 in every home of Scandinavian. Designed by Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen ©Menu
Ribbon Basket / 細節決定成敗，人也如是；可疊放的Ribbon收納籃以垂直的金屬條織成，尾端往上綻放，以矽膠墊底，同時在籃內貼心地鋪上一層皮革免得東西因順手一掉而粉碎。
All about details and human; a stackable basket with vertical metal strips blooms like flowers, silicone felt glides and the tonal leather bottom which save your belongings gently from smash. Designed by Norm Architects ©Menu
Plinth Shelf / 雲石獨特紋理是結合各種天然的砂石得來的，總有種莫名的貴氣。垂直上牆不走尋常路，單品抑或數舊也好，不再是裝飾置物的配角，反之強調自身的紋理及相互之間留白的美學，是空間的基調亦是主調。黑色的大理石配合一般空間刷白的牆壁和木地板，結合不同維度的美感，俐落且不失精緻。
Shelves can be one of a kind, especially those with a unique splash of textures - beautifully veined marble; Place things in an abnormal way might come with an exceptional result - wall-mounted the piece vertically as a display ledge instead of simply a horizontal platform as usual. Placing items vertically is proved to get people's attention easier than mounting it horizontally, especially in retail stores as the core and the base; while a sense of stark minimalism plays with dimension, in terms of a single/ a few stunning black marbles, a wall painted in white and wood flooring. Designed by Norm Architects ©Menu
Variants are also updated in a row with new table top materials and colour finishes,
Bottle Grinders/ 調味料研磨機趕上設計的熱潮，乍看是添了一抹象牙白/灰調的水瓶，灰白陶瓷與胡桃木蓋兼容並蓄，溫溫婉婉。
An upright seasoning grinder collection catches up the latest interior trends: ivory and grey ceramic with a walnut wood lid at the bottom, which gives an decorative illusion of a water bottle. Designed by Norm Architects ©Menu
Echasse Collection/ 比起一貫的墨綠及透明，水滴弧形的玻璃被渲染成褐紅色，蒙上一層遍地楓葉及樹枝的景象，好不惬意。
Autumn leaves dye the glass in deep amber hue to complete the drop shaped vase and nightstand Echasse collection with gradient smoked dark green/ clear glasses and slender brass/ black legs support. Designed by Theresa Rand ©Menu
Carrie Table Lamp / 朦朧月光上的手柄纏上皮繩，底座的黑白換成紅銅，浮起那段秋高氣爽隨心外出郊遊野餐的舊時光。
A leather encircled metal handle wraps up the portable Carrie LED Lamp series like a basket and creates a picnic fantasy together with the Duca candle holder at midnight. Designed by Norm Architects ©Menu
Androgyne Dining Table comes in a rectangular version and a new table top for the Snaregade Dining Table and Androgyne Side Table series. Lastly, they further evolve their workspace collections with additional cable trays on Snaregade conference table collections.
All in all, how should we get ready for “work-from-anywhere”? Back to basic, it’s not only about the way it “should-be”, but also your proactive interaction and immersion. Make a smart decision with flexible, long-lasting and aesthetic ones, will do.
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