Have you noticed how many people over on seem to have a special place in their hearts for spoons? Along with ‘old doors,’ ‘Halloween costume ideas,’ and ‘ads from vintage Vogues,’ ‘spoons,’ in and of itself, is a pretty solid category.
Spoons are wholesome and useful. Spoons rest nicely together, as do humans. Some enthusiasts collect old spoons, wondering where they came from and whence they were used. Some craftspeople produce beautifully rendered pieces that are meant to be used in kitchens and on tabletops for decades. Some designers cleverly twist the intention of these utensils and make thought-provoking objects on which to gaze.
Brit , who lives in South East London, collects wood from all over the UK and, working in “green” timber, which is yet living, produces a plethora of cooking and serving pieces. This is high design stuff, which is often on exhibit, no prices given on his site.
will custom-design baby spoon + fork sets engraved from vintage pieces for $48. Just really really cute.
is another haute designer, this time Danish. She’s a silversmith who does mostly tabletop and decorative pieces. This serving spoon set is made with bog oak – contemporary in design, medieval in material. Website just for admiring.
ceramic oeuvre is light and airy and feminine and pleasing. Swift lives in Spain and her collection of spoons is fashioned after the classic silver varieties – then made slightly skewed – the effect is very romantic. The smallest ones start at £12.
calls his pieces hand-made/readymade mashups and that about sums it up. Hearty, elegant and quite subversive. No shopping from the site.
In Los Angeles, , renders these lovely spoons using ceramic and roughish wood, $48.
, hand-carves these long spoons from oak using plum flower designs. inspired by ancient Japanese crest motifs. $85 each.
If you just can’t get enough of spoons, sells a book on them by Jasper Morrison for $23.50.
Happy hunting . . . Anne