Harbour Side Chair, Hard Shell
Products by Norm Architects
Founded in Copenhagen in 2008 by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, Norm Architects specialise in residential architecture, commercial interiors, industrial design, photography and art direction. The name, Norm Architects, reflects the group’s emphasis on the importance of drawing inspiration from norms and traditions within architecture and design – particularly the Scandinavian design principles of timeless aesthetics and natural materials, and the modernist values of restraint and refinement. Guided by these principles, Norm Architects produce a design that unites materials and craftsmanship, while embodying beauty, history and, most importantly, timeless simplicity, where there is nothing more to add or take away. Today, the group regularly collaborates with MENU, helping to drive the evolution of the brand and its product offerings —imbued with the same intrinsic quality as Norms creative direction: a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Lead by the body and mind rather than by trends or technology, their projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good: architecture becomes thoughtful, minimalism acquires softness and visual matter assumes haptic qualities.
Situated in one of the oldest streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, they respect their context and build on the traditions of Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. Through exploring what it is that heightens the human senses regardless of personal preference, our projects strip spaces, objects, ideas and images back to their simplest form. "Our expertise lies in finding the balance—when there’s nothing more to either add or take away."
This is the type of sitting experience that energises you in the morning, helps you plug in during the day, and welcomes you to unwind at night. From the kitchen to the office, the private dining room to the bustling café, the Harbour Chair effortlessly sails to any destination, becoming instantly at home –and making sure you feel the same.
Conceived during the design process for MENU’s creative destination MENU Space located in Copenhagen’s thriving Nordhavn (Northern Harbour) area, the Harbour Chair is the result of fulfilling a variety of needs (among others) comfortable versatility.
A hybrid space that mixes office, showroom, café, co-working and event space in one space required a chair that could suit a range of purposes. Finding a perfect balance between geometry and organic shapes, the shell’s armrests bend outwards for maximum support, as does its high backrest, providing not only comfort but also an elegant and slim appearance that will appeal to any discerning design aficionado. Available in ergonomic shells of your choice, whether that’s upholstered in textile, leather, or not at all; designed for optimal comfort with good lumbar support. The Harbour Dining Side Chair also features a new extension featuring a new shell that fits easily into compact spaces and under tables.
The Harbour Chair – a sublimely comfortable pairing of versatility and minimalist style – now offers even more base options for living and working the way you like. First, there’s a swivel version for unmatched freedom of movement and, if you choose, easy rolling. And second, you’ll find a sleek bar and counter base options that let you pull your favourite chair up to your favourite surface, whatever its height. The slender and sculptural raised bases are designed with a comfy crossbar for the feet at just the right height to prolong the comfort and keep your posture in top form.
MENU’s upholstered chairs vary in pricing depending on the textile or leather you select, certain combinations are available for expedited delivery.