2001: A Space Odyssey is an amazing movie that although made 50 years ago still holds up incredibly. And the technology that was foretold for 2001 in some cases was spot on. And there was this infamous flatware.
Danish designer Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen created this five-piece cutlery made of 18/8 stainless steel with a matte finish and consists of a pastry fork, dinner fork, dinner knife, dinner spoon, and teaspoon. Be warned that this is more of a prop than made for regular table use, unless you are in space then have at it.
Corin Mellor is the son of the famous David Mellor who some consider the king of cutlery. We certainly do here at The Cutlery Review. Remodelista.com brings us a very insightful interview with Corin about growing up as the son of “Britain’s most serious, modest, and greatest postwar product designer”.
Here’s a great quote in regards to the Pride Flatware shown above: “Although the design has a period 1950s aesthetic, it also has a timeless quality and is particularly delicate and refined both to look at and to eat with.”
And one more longer quote that is amazing about cutlery care: “Cutlery will ultimately become scratched. This is inevitable, no matter how expensive the cutlery; it can’t be avoided. You’ll notice the scratches after a few months use, but as the cutlery ages, it will gradually develop into a nice patina. Our spoons and forks are made from 18/10 stainless steel, material that is virtually indestructible and very rarely causes any problems. Knife blades, however, are made from a different grade of stainless steel with a higher carbon content that enables the blade to be sharpened to a cutting edge. This material is slightly more susceptible to corrosion. We therefore recommend that knives are removed from the dishwasher at the end of the cycle, or even better, washed and dried by hand.”
This is an amazing mixture of art meets charity meets cutlery.
A special dinner was put together for Smile Asia, a non-profit organization which specializes in treatment and care for the more than the more than 100,000 children born each year in Asia with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
This fancy four-course meal at the Ritz-Carlton hotel with food prepared by chef Massimo Pasquarelli had a special message and a unique way of using flatware to deliver it.
Please watch the video above to see how this event was able to make itself heard very clearly.