Sharp Kitchen Style - Design Bureau

Custom Japanese Hocho, Kramer Knife, Kiku Tanto

Serving Tray by Alvar Aalto

Carafe by Kaj Franck & Kitchen Pencil by Sebastian Bergne

Jerry Cheese Board by Sebastian Bergne

Serving Set by Alvar Aalto

Teema by Kaj Franck

Sharp Kitchen Style

Monday, June 13th, 2011

There are so many options to choose from when selecting tools for your kitchen. But not all can be hand-engraved in a Japanese market or designed by legends like Renzo Piano. We have compiled a collection of culinary objects that will get the job done with just the right amount of panache.

Custom Japanese Hocho
Contributing photographer Erika Dufour was wandering around the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo with the vague notion of picking up a knife for her new kitchen. When she soon found herself enamored with a particular knife, the proprietor handed her a piece of paper, asking her to write her name down. As it turned out, he was engraving the knife on the spot. Says Dufour, “[It’s] one of my prized possessions in my house, as it isn’t just a knife, but a representation of an amazing trip.”
Custom Japanese Hocho, photographer's own; photography by Erika Dufour

Kramer Knives
Damascus, or pattern-welded steel, is the process of combining two or more types of steel to achieve a desired aesthetic. The intricate designs of Kramer knives use 20 layers of three different types of steel that harden and temper in the same temperature range. The resulting billet is stretched and manipulated to create intricate and desirable patterns.
Kramer Knives, price upon request, www.kramerknives.com

Kiku Tanto
The Kiku Tanto is the result of collaboration between custom knife maker Kikuo Matsuda and SOG Specialty Knives and Tools. Limited to just 100 pieces, the knife features an eight-inch, mirror-polished blade, a black canvas handle and micro-fine, ultra-durable OU-31 steel.
Kiku Tanto, $2,590, www.sogknives.com

Serving tray by Alvar Aalto, 1937
Arguably one of the greats of modern architecture and design, Finnish designer Alvar Aalto brings his curvaceous design to this shapely platter.

Carafe by Kaj Franck, 1958
The Kartio pitcher, designed by Kaj Franck, balances the material and the geometric form and is simple, yet durable enough for everyday use.

Kitchen Pencil by Sebastian Bergne, 2007
Designed and made by Sebastian Bergne for the Lapis Drawing Experience exhibition. More than 30 designers were asked to rethink the wooden pencil. A small numbered edition of 15 Kitchen Pencil prototypes were made by the designer and are available exclusively through Bergne's website.

Jerry Cheese Board by Sebastian Bergne, 2009
Sebastian Bergne designed this cheese tray after watching too many cartoons. The board is a handsome chunk of beech with a sense of humor.

Serving set by Renzo Piano, 1998
The curves of the stainless steel serving utensils, designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, make these pieces attractive to hold and behold.

Teema glass serving bowl by Kaj Franck, 1952
As Finnish designer Kaj Franck put it, “Color is the only decoration needed.” Teema is highly versatile, easily matched with other pieces and serves all dining needs.

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