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The Tokyo Ito Cutlery Collection Focuses on Shape and Structure

By: Gil Haddi - Published: Jan 20, 2013 • References: toyo-ito.co.jp and dezeen
Designed for Alessi, the Toyo Ito Cutlery collection is extremely dainty and elegant.

Inspired by his career, Japanese architect Toyo Ito focused on shape when creating this dishware series. The handles are very thin and long, very much resembling chopsticks, and have six paneled sides that are uniform to all the pieces in the set. The ends of the handles have a hexagonal shape, which inspired the name 'Mu' for the collection which is Japanese for hexagon. Along with elegantly curving forks, blunt-tipped butter knives and widened spoons, this set of utensils also features equally rounded salad servers, ladles and serving spoons and forks.

It is intriguing to note how the curvacious lines at the top part of the Toyo Ito Cutlery gradually turn into hexagons.