Illustrator and animator Hanna Norberg-Williams made this short film about neurodivergent people called “Eating Soup With A Fork.”
We here at the Cutlery Review love cutlery and cutlery related things that support people and culture. And this fits this bill. It’s not just all about forks, knives and spoons. And it’s not just about food. It’s about people.
Hanna’s comment on the film: “Eating soup with a fork makes no sense as a concept – it’s using the completely wrong tool for an otherwise simple task.”
This film’s animation style and sound design is a delight. And a great insight into how some other people interact with and see the world. We are all different, we are all unique and we are all wonderful.
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.
‘Rething’ by Anastasia Starostina creates a fusion of forms based on their functions and does it with amazing flair. It’s not often here at The Cutlery Review that we feature flatware that is not in production for sale but this design is so elegant we really want to show it to our readers.
It’s the fine folks at YankoDesign.com that brought this work to our attention:
“The abstraction of each of the objects has stretched the limitations of their initial potential”, says Anastasia Starostina, a Russia-based industrial designer.
“The different cutlery units cover a wide range of cuisines. The knife exists as an independent piece, and can be paired along with the other cutlery sets, allowing you to effectively cut and portion your meals. The three other cutlery pieces cover ranges of cuisine from Asian styles (with the spoon and the chopsticks) to Continental (spoon + fork) and even a third spoon/shaver hybrid for garnishes and embellishments like cheeses, truffles, and sauces.”
It’s the third birthday of our office kitten here at The Cutlery Review and we thought we’d post a silly picture of a cat to celebrate. This is not our cat, our cat has not shown in interest in flatware. He has no interest in either a spoon, fork or knife.