Forge de Laguiole
In 1828 a local blacksmith in the French village of Laguiole (pronounced Lay-ol) hammered out the town’s first folding knife. A few decades later, as knife-making developed into a local industry, designer Pierre Jean Calmels refined the rustic pattern, giving the handle its signature sinuous shape and finishing each piece with ornamental flourishes such as bumblebees and shepherds’ crosses. After two world wars depleted manpower and wiped out production, the workshop reopened as Forge de Laguiole in 1987 under the direction of designer Philippe Starck. Each knife is still made by skilled craftsmen from start to finish, each one taking several hours or even days to manufacture. Nicolas Sarkosy’s office often commissioned these knives to be given to visiting heads of state.
In your quest for all things Laguiole, beware of cheap imitations. The name Laguiole was never patented, so unlike legally protected denominations or origin such as Champagne, mass and machine-manufactured copycats can be found that mimic the original design.
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With a history that spans more than 100 years, the Georg Jensen brand represents quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetic design, producing lifestyle products ranging from hollowware to watches, jewellery and home products.
The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation on which he built Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904.In 1904 Jensen founded his first modest silver smithy in the heart of Copenhagen. When he died in 1935, the New York Herald Tribune saluted him as "the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years."
Made from Sterling Silver and Designed by Georg Jensen in 1916.
Care: Hand wash. Polish with microfibre cloth and silver polish.
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7.38"H (18.6cm) • ITEM 3007031
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Match 1995 is handmade in northern Italy by artisans. Each piece is stamped and slightly unique due to its handmade nature. Match pewter was born form David Reiss' love of Italy and his affinity for Italian craftsmanship. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Reiss founded Match Pewter in 1995.
Care: Hand washing is recommended, dry immediately.12" L (30.4cm) • ITEM 5MA-1099.0
Match 1995 is handmade in Northern Italy by artisans. Each piece is stamped and slightly unique due to its handmade nature. Match pewter was born form David Reiss' love of Italy and his affinity for Italian craftsmanship. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Reiss founded Match Pewter in 1995.
Care: Hand washing is recommended, dry immediately.