Designer Maarten Baas has created a range of eating implements as part of a series of cutlery collaborations by Antwerp design label Valerie Objects. The brand’s ongoing Cutlery Project aims to produce “quirky high-end luxury sets of cutlery that surprise and delight eyes, hands and mouth.”
Dutch designer Baas and Japan-based Futatsumata are the first two designers to produce ranges, although upcoming collaborations will also include Muller van Severen and Jin Hyun Jeon. Baas’s cutlery is based on a set of imperfect shapes, designed to resemble drawings done by hand. Each piece features irregular exteriors and, in the words of Valerie Objects, “appears to have gone directly from the sketches to the factory”. The stem shape of Futatsumata’s cutlery is based on the Japanese designer’s favourite technical pencil.
The knives feature jagged serrated edges, and the entire set is made from brushed stainless steel that is also available with black or brass finishes.
“In a quick sketch beauty is often found, but those spontaneous lines are often lost in an industrial process,” said Baas. “When I approached the designers and design teams to create a set of cutlery for Valerie Objects, I knew that they would each use their expertise, background and knowledge to come up with a completely divergent range of results,” said Valerie Objects co-founder Veerle Wenes.
“Some of them had already experimented with cutlery, others had been fascinated by the design for years, while for yet others it was their first foray into designing this modest eating tool,” she added. “But whatever stage they were at, they all succeeded in delivering a surprise.” Maarten Baas’ cutlery is based on a set of imperfect shapes, designed to resemble drawings done by hand
Both collections were presented at Paris trade fair Maison&Objet in January.
“In a quick sketch beauty is often found, but those spontaneous lines are often lost in an industrial process,” said Baas.