Some designs are timeless – look at spoon for example. The functionality and the form of the design are so tied in together, there is very little innovation needed to make this design successful. Or so we thought until we came across these cutlery designs by our favorite product designers! Be it sleek or functional, these cutlery designs exploit various materials, forms, and add new functionalities that reform your dining experience while spearheading your BYOC (Bring Your Own Cutlery) movement!
Designed by Francesco Brunetti, the Disconnect series breaks down cutlery into its separate elements, but at the same time retains a sense of minimalism. The slick handle comes with a slim, cylindrical design and a matte-finish, while the functional end of the cutlery uses a balanced, geometric approach with a slight satin finish. The cutlery series was envisioned in silver, space grey, gold, and rose-gold, and I can’t really testify to whether it would be comfortable to use, but I’ll be damned if I don’t admit how incredibly eye-catching they are!
Chris Granneberg attacks the cutlery designed exercise as a way to improve the plastic usage habits across the world. ‘On the Go’ cutlery handles this problem from a different angle – helping you store these reusable utensils once they are dirty! The cutlery set comes with a small case that helps you store your soiled dinnerware so nothing gets dirty while on the go – after all, a tissue can only save your utensils once!
Have you ever felt that your meals required just a little more suspense? If yes, then Flyde by Felix Marx is for you! The name Flyde, meaning ‘To flow’ in Danish hints towards the unique selling point of this rather beautiful cutlery set, as it introduces an element of drama to the tabletop by precariously balancing on its sculpture-like handle.
The Celery cutlery set uses an almost inception-like simplicity to inspire the users to eat more vegetables. How do you ask? By replicating the minimal texture found on the celery stalks! The inspiration struck the designers whole by observing people dip their vegetable sticks into a dip before eating, bringing this beautiful bumpy texture of celery into their design and present it in a delicate and unobtrusive way onto spoon, fork, and knife.
Oh, Game of Thrones, whatever our take on the faults of the final season, one thing remains, we can’t ignore the series or the impact it had on our lives with hours of discussions, theories and lets not even get started on the number of inspired souvenirs I own! But all that is pushed aside with just one look at these elaborately crafted spoons, designed in collaboration between HBO and Magnum as a part of their limited-edition collection, with each design representing the houses that played a part in the show in an iconic manner. From the gleaming red and gold Lannister-worthy engraving to the stark fierceness of the northerners, each of these spoons completely defines the characteristics that made this series such an epic exercise in storytelling.
Get your camp-like vibes ongoing with Pierre Doucet’s cutlery design. The cutlery is designed to be exposed to a lot of wear and tear – and the thread that holds it all together can be easily replaced in case of tearing! Each piece of cutlery comes with a hole built into the design that allows you to tie it together, put it on a keyring, or even hang it to your belt using a carabiner – a cutlery set as rugged as you want it to be!
Elegant and elegantly different, Nendo’s minimal cutlery design looks the way it does for a reason. The eye-catching scoop detail not only gives the cutlery visual character, but it also helps you rest/dock your spoons, forks, and knives easily on a rack, stand, or even against other cutlery. Designed for Belgian furniture and home accessories brand Valerie Objects, the cutlery series is aptly titled ‘skeleton’, after its bony, skeletal appearance.
Inspiration can strike anywhere, that much is clear after seeing FooDesigner’s KR Cutlery Set. For this design, he takes inspiration from the motif of the Korean flag. The design identity has been substituted into the long-standing Korean food culture.
Designed to spearhead the BYOC movement with cutlery that’s always together and with you, the Magware by Full Windsor uses a nifty magnetic system to combine spoon, fork, and knife into one single organized set. Rather than physically integrating pieces of cutlery into a single solution like the spork or the splade, Full Windsor simply attached magnets to them, giving you the ability to carry all your cutlery in a single, convenient unit. Magware (a magnetically attached portmanteau of the words magnets and flatware) allows you to carry separate pieces of cutlery, but together. The trio of flatware just snap together instantly, making sure you can easily carry all three pieces of cutlery in a unified set without accidentally forgetting one of them behind.
Inspired by the shape of leaves, Linden’s flatware boast of an organic design that embraces style more than a function-led form language. The cutlery kit comes with two spoons (a tablespoon and a dessert spoon), a fork, a knife, and a pair of chopsticks, packaged wonderfully in a steel case with a bamboo lid. The case is aptly sized to fit right into backpacks, making it easy to carry around, and the bamboo lid conveniently doubles up as a resting platform for the chopsticks when in use!
Titled the Pebble, these gorgeously vivid and funky cutlery tools are a collaboration between Pentatonic and i am OTHER, a creative collective assembled by Pharrell, and are made mostly from recycled materials. The unusually vibrant cutlery set is named after the pebble-shaped container it comes in. The colored container is made using plastic recycled from music CDs, and perfectly houses a spoon, knife, fork, a pair of chopsticks, and even a collapsible drinking straw. Plastic handles for the cutlery are crafted from recycled food packaging, while the cutlery themselves are crafted from steel, with a highly durable anodized titanium coating for strength as well as to give the cutlery their unmistakable vibrant purple hue. Talk about having a conversation starter!