CUSTOM CHEF KNIFE

Ángel Valiente Studio for Design

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My first starting point was to consider a process in which sustainability is central in regards to materials and manufacturing. When I received the brief, I was visiting my parents in Cuenca, an antique small city between Valencia and Madrid, surrounded by forests and mountains. I wanted to play with the idea of combining a traditional material, preferably wood, with a contemporary modelling system such as 5 axis CNC cutting. Therefore I gathered some pieces of boxwood, which is a very abundant tree in Cuenca´s forests and has been traditionally used for kitchen tableware like cooking spoons and forks. The third point of the project is to find a way in which the knife joining elements are hidden and there is a lineal continuity between the blade and the grip, working as an invisible, clean and magical union. Finally I coloured the wood with a natural iron oxide, which gives it a dark patina while being completely biodegradable. The result is an object with a radical simplicity, practical and precise.

About the designers.

Ángel Valiente is a Studio for Design based in Barcelona. We work for people and companies who value simplicity and innovation, challenging industry standards and finding new conceptual and functional solutions for contemporary living.

angelvaliente.com / @angelvalientestudio