The very nice folks over at Domus have written a very interesting article about 20 cutlery sets that made design history. It is a really well researched piece about flatware through time that are influential in their design. This isn’t your regular knife, fork and spoon. And of course they have a slide show of photos.
“Extensions of our hands, they embody an etiquette that imposes rules on the use closely linked to social norms. Between continuity and experimentation with shapes and types, a selection of unmissable and iconic cutlery sets.“
“Cutlery is a clear symptom of (lack of) social belonging if it is used inappropriately. Placed on the plate in a certain way, it gives the waiters unequivocal signals about our appetite and the enjoyment of eaten dishes. At the table, it should be laid out according to a real etiquette. However, we do not care about it, preferring a casual table setting that rewards closeness and conviviality by sacrificing the etiquette itself.”
This is a great history lesson in design and form versus function.
Check it out at Domusweb.it
Which is which? Is flatware also silverware? Is silverware flatware? What’s the difference? Here’s a quote from the Big Bang Theory that helps set the stage:
Sheldon Cooper : Jacuzzi is a commercial brand, hot tub is the generic term, i.e., all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.
Zack : Is that like all thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs?
The difference between flatware and silverware is that flatware are eating utensils. Cutlery, such as forks, knives and spoons while silverware is anything made from silver.
In the 1800s the word flatware was used to refer to anything shallow and flat used at the dining table to eat.
Cutlery is a separate thing altogether. Cutlery refers to knives and cutting implements and originates from the old French word “coutelier” (modern French: couteau) which means knife. So technically flatware and silverware could include cutlery, but cutlery would only refer to knives or cutting implements. But nobody really thinks that anymore.
So to sum up: All silverware is flatware or cutlery. But not all flatware or cutlery is silverware.
Of course this exists, I mean come on, of course it does. It’s almost like there is a Rule 34 for Star Wars. If it exists, then there is a Star Wars branded version of it.
And cutlery must have been close to the bottom of the merchandising list but they finally got there! And what a package of Star Wars themed kitchen fun!
This package includes 5 bamboo cooking spoons, a kitchen star wars apron, and a double-sided dishwasher magnet, all inspired by your favorite galactic Star Wars characters. The five spoons include a spatula, fork, and spoon. All accessories are made entirely of natural, organic bamboo wood, which is eco-friendly, durable, food-grade, and bpa-free.
But wait, there’s more! Prepare for the ultimate star wars cooking “battle” with this galactic kitchen apron! Our apron is made with premium quality materials, which makes it water-resistant and easy to clean. Also, it has a detailed and vivid depiction of the most dangerous villain in the entire galaxy.
And more yet: Dishwasher Stickers: For the most enthusiast fans, we prepared an adorable surprise. Our cooking set comes with a clean dirty magnet for dishwasher. The magnet is double-sided, indicated “clean” or “dirty” and making any cooking experience more fun and entertaining.
Get your Star Wars Cutlery Set from Amazon
Renge Melamine Soup Spoon or Chinese style spoons are essential for soup dishes such as ramen and udon noodles. These melamine spoons are an economical alternative to ceramic spoons. Melamine resin is thermoset, which means that it can withstand high temperatures.
in Japanese the traditional ramen spoon is known as a chirirenge (or, more often, just ″renge″), which literally translates as ″falling lotus petal.
For a regular spoon, you hold it like how you are holding a pen. However, When you hold a renge, you fit your index finger on the ditch or the inner handle pointing into the bowl.
This is a set of 6 pieces melamine soup spoons with a notch and hook to prevent slipping in the bowl for either face down or face up. They are dish washer safe.
Renge Melamine Ramen Soup Spoon from Amazon