Tord Boontje's Witches' Kitchen™ is an extensive handcrafted kitchenware collection featuring cookware, utensils, and kitchen couture. A Design with Conscience™ project, Artecnica enlists artisan communities in Brazil, Guatemala, and Colombia to produce different elements of the collection. Witches' Kitchen cookware is hand-molded by Colombian artisans using a centuries-old pottery technique, and is embellished with textured leaf prints using a method developed by Artecnica and the artisans involved. The cookware line includes a black ceramic casserole and saucepan, both with matching lids that double as serving bowls.
Guatemalan artisans hand-carve an intricate assortment of wooden utensils out of locally sourced sustainable and reforested wood. These utensils evoke a witch's essential tools, including a dagger knife and a pair of salad tossers shaped like witch's hands, in addition to a variety of double-ended serving forks and spoons.
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Designer: Studio Tord Boontje
Tord Boontje does not believe that modernism means minimalism. In fact, this designer from the Netherlands is not afraid to celebrate the materials he uses in designs. Sometimes this means creating layers and layers of materials. Boontje is also inspired by nature and emotion. For Boontje, nature seems to evoke feelings of wonder. Boontje's Globe Pendant illustrates this idea of thinking about nature as a wild specimen. Something that even glass cannot control. His designs are meant to stimulate the observer's imagination. It's quite hard to not create a narrative or backstory to some of his pieces.
Boontje does not believe that contemporary designs should abandon tradition. Though Boontje, employs some of the latest technology when fabricating his designs, the materials he uses or designs hold some traditional context. Perhaps, this interest in tradition comes from his background. Born in Enchede, Netherlands in 1968, Boontje studied industrial design at the Design Academy in Eindohoven and went on to earn a Masters from the Royal College of Art in London. Currently, Boonje has set up Studio Tord Boontje in Bourg-Argental, France and teaches at the Royal College of Art. When looking at some of his products, one can almost imagine him wondering through the backwoods of France–making discoveries and feeding his imagination. Boontje was nominated for the Designer Of The Year Award at the Design Museum 2003. Tord was nominated Designer of the Year by Elle Decoration UK and his renowned Garland Light (for Artecnica) won the awards for best light and readers choice for Future Classic.View other products by Studio Tord Boontje
Artecnica is a Los Angeles based design company that collaborates with the most established and emerging international designers to create inspiring decorative objects for the living environment. Committed to considering issues of environmental sustainability and responsible manufacturing, Artecnica products are often made with recycled materials and transported in easy-ship flat packages, thus reducing the company's carbon footprint.
Artecnica's Design with Conscience® program works with artisan communities in developing countries to produce unique handcrafted objects that reflect indigenous skills. This humanitarian approach supports shared work and profit across borders, cultures, races, and religions. For Artecnica, design is a catalyst for change, providing an opportunity to help transform the global landscape.View other products from Artecnica