Some of the world's greatest architects have turned their hands to small-scale blueprints for collections of contemporary cutlery. From Achille Castiglioni to Zaha Hadid, we showcase a slice of the sharply designed flatware on offer.
The Dry collection of cutlery that Milanese architect and designer Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) created for Alessi was for many years the only flatware offered by the Italian manufacturer. Still a best seller, Alessi credit the design with beginning its tradition of collaborating with top architecture and design talent.
Buy online: http://www.alessi.com/en/3/192/cutlery-sets/dry-cutleryflatware-set
“Primary are the proportions. Architecture is knowledge of technique, combined with a feeling for the artistic,” said Danish architect and industrial designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) of his primary work, a philosophy that extended into this 1957 cutlery design for Georg Jensen.
Buy online: http://www.georgjensen.com/uk/cutlery/arne-jacobsen-matte-steel
One of the most iconic cutlery sets ever created, the Nuovo Milano collection of flatware was designed by maestro of Italian design Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) in collaboration with Gozzi Alberto. The design won the Premio Compasso d’Oro (1989) and the Bio 12 at the Ljubljana Biennale (1988) and is produced by Alessi.
Buy online: http://www.alessi.co.uk/ashop-uk/sottsass-ettore_122_project_279.html
The iconic pieces of silveware designed by Gio Ponti for Christofle were first created between 1928 and 1978. Ponti’s cutlery has particular cult status amongst design and architecture aficionados.
Buy online: http://www.christofle.com/fr/262---30/22798-couteau-table-ponti-400
Celebrated Italian designer and architect Antonio Citterio was commissioned by Iittala to make two sets of flatware in 2000. Citterio 98 cutlery and the Collective Tools series were designed together with Glen Oliver Löw. Executed in stainless steel, they were conceived as a complete toolbox for modern dining.
Buy online: https://www.iittala.com/Designers/Antonio-Citterio/c/Antonio%20Citterio
French architect Jean Nouvel created this 30-piece collection in celebration of Georg Jensen's 100th anniversary in 2004. Crafted from stainless steel, the cutlery places emphasis on purity and simplicity.
Buy online: http://www.georgjensen.com/europe/cutlery/jean-nouvel-matte-steel
When Objects Work
The inventor of a whole genre of minimal interiors, British architect John Pawson cites his design for a Cistercian monastery in Bohemia and the idea of creating a set of essential equipment for the monks’ refectory as inspiration behind this flatware made in 2006/7 for When Objects Work. Pawson comments on the collection: “Each implement or vessel is designed for the best possible experience in use – for visual delight, to feel good in the hand and to be ideally fit for purpose.”
Buy online: http://designobjectshop.com/en/shop/category/john_pawson/
Designed by Josfef Hoffmann (1870-1956) for the Wiener Werkstaette and presented for the first time to the public at the exhibition entitled "The Laid Table" in Neustifgasse 32 in Vienna, this cutlery was produced by hand in silver and silver plate until 1910-12.
Buy online: http://www.alessi.com/en/2/935/cutlery-sets/jh011-rundes-modell-table-spoon
Maarten van Severen
When Objects Work
“My life is a giant garbage pile,” once said Belgian architect Maarten van Severen (1956-2005). “Sometimes l think that l only design to do a clean-up”. Indeed, such was the case of the Hybrid Cutlery set made for When Objects Work.
Buy online: http://designobjectshop.com/en/shop/category/michael_verheyden/
With its sinuous lines and undulating curves, this cutlery is signature Zaha Hadid. A five-piece set commissioned by WMF, it was first created in 2007.
Buy online: http://flatware.wmfamericas.com/Flatware/Zaha.html