A French manufacturer of high-quality cutlery is approaching its centennial and wants to ensure its continued success in the marketplace by adding innovative products to its catalog. It identifies the conventional kitchen knife set as one product particularly ripe for creative re-thinking, knives having remained essentially the same for decades. While the company is proud of its historical legacy, it nonetheless decides it would be best to free itself from that legacy if it’s to come up with a thoroughly fresh take on this essential kitchen tool, at least as a way to kickstart the development of the next generation of cutlery products. To solicit the greatest number of proposals it chooses to hold a competition open to the European design community calling for the design of a modern knife set.
The first time we saw the Deglon Knife Set we experienced that inner jolt that defines the shock of the new. This is clearly a wholly different take on the concept of the kitchen knife that any of us was likely to have witnessed before! The first thing we noticed is the way the knives are nested into each other. Normally kitchen knives are conceived as independent objects with little formal relationship to each other beyond common materials and treatment of the handles.
We particularly like how the design satisfies the design brief by using a single material for knife blade, holder and storage unit, thus doing away with the extraneous wood block and reducing the set’s profile to an absolute minimum. That, in turn, makes for a highly efficient use of space, a characteristic especially appreciated in the context of the equipment-laden kitchens of today.
That same attention to modern standards of production and design is reflected in the rigorous proportional relationships Schmallenbach applied to the design, which she derived from the Fibonacci Series and Golden Section. Yet hers is no coldly scientific approach to composition, as she generates these relationships from the starting point of the human hand, thus synthesizing the organic with the scientific.
Each set includes a 3 1/4 inch paring knife, 5 1/4 inch utility knife, 8 inch chef knife, 8 3/4 inch slicer and matching stainless steel nesting block. Made in France by Deglon, handcrafter of quality cutlery since 1921.
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