Fusion are two wonderful wooden knives developed by the Italian designer Andrea Ponti. They are available in two sizes and colors, and also two types of blade for different uses: serrated and non-serrated. They have been made as a limited edition by Issei Hanaoka, an artist and craftsman from Japan. The combination of industrial design, craftsmanship and cultures has certainly proved to be a successful one, as Ponti explains: Two cultures and two design languages usually far apart from one another blend in the common language of design and tell the story of a project that spans from research to the creation of innovative products for markets around the world. This design and cultural blend produced Fusion. Both knives feature ergonomic grips and the packaging is a re-design of the traditional Japanese boxes called kiribako, that enclose and protect them form humidity.
Ottawa-based designers, The Federal, have developed a prototype for a set of knives called the Maple Set. With much thought given to ‘what we really need’ in a knife, the designers, possibly guided on principles of minimalism, reveal a beautiful solution. The focus is drawn to the high polished blade, while the rest of the knife’s Maple wood body sits warmly in the hand and blends in to its surroundings. The wood is sealed and food safe to allow for easy cleanup. The knife gives the appearance of being lightweight; however their weight is balanced to ensure that they can be used by any level of chef. While it may be most practical for certain types of food, the design of the maple and steel compliment each other and these knives will still be a great gift for the minimalist enthusiast. Images via here.
Something for the boys, Pure Black kitchen knife series produced by Stelton, designed by Holmbäck Nordentoft. The single piece of stainless, matte black steel will make anyone look like a master chef. This is going into my new kitchen, with Pure White knife magnet.