Combining form and function in a single, multi-functional object, the flexible design looks stylish in any setting and formation— an added benefit for its users, such as mobility and a selection of finishes, goes to the heart of MENU’s mission to produce timeless yet contemporary pieces that simplify and beautify any space.
Designed for MENU by Tim Rundle, the TR Bulb’s itinerant design moves seamlessly from space to space and room to room, installed by simply screwing it into pendant sockets.
Rundle never knows when inspiration will strike. “An idea will often form from simple observation or noticing a problem, and I’ll keep it at the back of my mind for some time before acting on it. Once I start though, my process involves a lot of hands-on making and prototyping to understand how an object affects a space”, he says. The inspiration for the TR Bulb came from the untethered way we live today; moving often, sometimes multiple times within a year. “I wanted to create high quality, technically sophisticated lamp that was, in essence, a light bulb”, Rundle explains.
This collaboration is designed to be installed with no electrical expertise required, the bulb requires nothing more than an E27 socket. This is a clear and clever solution for modern city living. The power of this series is not only in its flexibility; it uses LED technology, which, with normal use, provides security in longevity. The globe is constructed from white opal glass, and the core structure is made from aluminium to draw heat away from the LED, allowing the bulb to run at its optimum temperature.
The TR Bulb fits perfectly into both MENU’s and Tim Rundle’s aesthetic universe; Tim describes his work as “seeking to improve the manufactured environment through elegant, technically refined solutions”.
The dimmable and decorative glass bulb is now available with a dim to warm effect, transforming functional white light to cosy and ambient illumination. The corresponding series of lighting fixtures are available with the addition of brushed brass, powder-coated steel, and grey marble, available as a pendant light, table lamp, ceiling suspension frame, wall lamp and ceiling lamp together with the corresponding bulb.
With the help of Rundle, this series draws on serious classic principles and the current fascination with Scandinavian design. Rundle notes, “Scandinavian design resonates with a general feeling about what people want to surround themselves with in the form of understated elegance, simplicity and quality. "I think it’s a shame when Scandinavian design gets applied at a purely visual level when there is so much meaning behind the aesthetic. It would be great if people started to adopt some Scandinavian social values along with the aesthetic ones. MENU does a great job of being an outward-looking Nordic brand, working with an international roster of designers alongside the Danes, but keeping the core Danish design values at heart”.