Trays used to be a perfect example of function over form, it didn’t really matter too much what they looked like or how they were decorated (traction engines, puppies, fox hunts), they were for carrying stuff from one place to another and when the job was done they were stored vertically somewhere out of sight. But no longer, now trays are objects in their own right, lying around in plain view on any suitably obvious surface, like sunbathers on a rock, often with nothing to cover their modesty but an artfully placed magazine or ornament. Despite their possible affectation Rume likes show off trays, plain ones, illustrated ones, wooden ones but even amongst the better examples in this new tray order the Copper Trays by Jansen are a bit special. Made of a single disc of copper plated steel in three sizes with a lifted and rolled edge the Copper Tray is simplicity itself. As a tray it works beautifully, accomplishing its purpose with a horizontal exactitude but as a modern interior object it is something else all together. Er, flat.