Friday, July 27, 2012

MENU has created the avant-garde bird pavilion Barcelona in honor of the legendary
designer Mies van der Rohe. The Pavilion is a combined bird bath and bird table,
made of hardwood acacia and inspired by one of Mies van der Rohe’s  masterpieces – the renowned Barcelona Pavilion from the 1929 Expo.

Another great work of Mies van der Rohe's is the Farnsworth House located in Plano, Illinois, which he began in 1946. According to the Farnsworth House web site, " the Farnsworth House embodies a certain aesthetic culmination in Mies van der Rohe's experiment with this building type. This house is perhaps the fullest expression of modernist ideals that had begun in Europe, but which were consummated on Plano, Illinois."

Farnsworth House
“Mies van der Rohe as an icon of modern architecture has been our source of inspiration for this unique MENU design. It is important for us to push boundaries and let originaity rule without limitations. A bird pavilion with style of this magnitude clears the road for even more original thinking,” says Bjarne Hansen, MENU’s Creative Director.

"The bird table and bath is inspired by the building Mies van der Rohe designed for the World Expo in 1929 – the Barcelona Pavilion. This example of his work is one of my personal favorites because of the extraordinary materials, geometric simplicity and the large basin reflecting the architecture,” explains Bjarne Hansen.

Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavillion

Menu Barcelona Bird Feeder
The new and avant-garde garden feature is an arresting and decorative manifestation that pampers birds with a place to both eat and go for a dip. The bird bath - a beautiful black basin that arrestingly highlights the signature acacia wood - can easily be separated from the table, cleaned and refilled. The bird table is elegantly placed under the roof of the pavilion where the bird feed securely can be placed on two spikes.