Coulda, Shoulda, WOOD-a!

Maple Set investigates an alternative emotional response to everyday kitchen knives! The project was undertaken as an exploration of unique materials and visual combinations of an industry stale with repetitive designs. No matter how you slice and dice it, this collection is one like no other!

The designers of Maple Set wanted to look at kitchen knives from a new perspective. They focused on the essence of a knife – that key component that people think about when considering a knife. They isolated the blade as that defining component and designed around it as the highlight of the product.

Reducing the size and visual weight of the blade turned it into a sliver of polish and refinement. From there, the designers looked at other kitchen tools and felt that the warmth of wood made it a great material in that context. The stark contrast of materials worked well to highlight the smaller blade and blend the body in with its surroundings. The result is a beautiful product that breaks the mould of traditional thinking on an everyday product.

Designer: The Federal


  • William Leu says:

    Seems like you would have to take extra care cleaning it to make sure you don’t get bacteria building up in the seams near the blade.

  • Dan Etwas says:

    Looks cool, but I wonder about balance, that seam and the friction of the wood when slicing. This is like concept car, not production car this just wouldn’t work in the real world

  • como says:

    Uncleanliness kitchin tool!

  • vivian says:

    totally agree with that…

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