Join Cutlery by DING3000
by Harry / February 15, 2011
From @ding3000, cutlery that transforms into sculpture. Say the designers, "JOIN is more than simply knife, fork or spoon. It is a decoration for the table. The magic joining mechanism fascinates everybody. But not everybody will manage at once to transform the little sculpture into cutlery. A little skill and a good eye is necessary."


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From DING3000:

Splintering, melting, blunting: Cutlery made of plastics has a bad reputation. The German design studio ding3000 now raises its reputation: Their cutlery Join made from Ultramid is not only able to cut things. It also makes you play with it!

High-quality cutlery has a long-standing tradition in Germany. Back when a full set of silverware made of stainless steel or silver was a must in every dowry, cutlery production was booming at companies such as WMF and Rosenthal. High-end sets made of plastic, however, have always been more of an exception, even in the plastic-crazy 1970s, although a few major designers and renowned companies did try their hand at it. For the most part, it was the handles that were coated with plastic, such as, for example, in the Clip series created by the well-known German designer Peter Raacke. The plastic was intended to make the utensil more comfortable to hold. The three designers from ding3000 studio in Hannover now have developed things further with their plastic cutlery set for the Konstantin Slawinski company with support of BASF's designfabrik.

It all started with brainteasers and three-dimensional puzzles that the designers ordered on the Internet as sources of inspiration. They had noticed a very simple Japanese toy where three small sticks are joined - apparently inseparably - with a so-called "square knot." In this toy, a wooden stick with an elongated opening is intertwined with two notched sticks in such a way that they form a small sculpture that stands so securely that it seems as if the parts have been glued together. It was an interesting object but apparently, this was just the seed of an idea. "It took a while. We needed something that came in 'threes'", explains Ralph Webermann. "Ultimately, we came up with the trio made up of fork, knife they form a small sculpture that stands so securely that show the three original wooden sticks onto which they glued a fork, knife and spoon." When they talk about this now, they eagerly show the three original wooden sticks onto which they glued a fork, knife and spoon made of simple cardboard. In comparison to the finished utensils, which are delicate in shape, the original model still looks clumsy and crude. But one thing became clear to Carsten Schelling, even in the wooden model. "All of a sudden, what we had here was not only a utensil but in fact, a completely new form of table decoration! Now you can really forget about folding all those napkins into the shape of swans, and besides, time spent waiting for the meal can be spent toying with the puzzle."

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