06 Oct NYCutlery – A cut above the rest!
A definite highlight of my visit to New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and NYx Design was meeting Christopher Harth of NYCutlery. In a (New York) minute, I was enchanted and somewhat intrigued by Christopher’s ‘story’.
Meeting Christopher made me realise that when it comes to product design, we often ignore the process, in favour of the tangible end result. By their very nature exhibitions and fairs encourage us to vie, judge and critique products in isolation without acknowledging the contextual framework and ‘stories’ that have led to the products fruition.
Currently based in New York, Christopher is a talented multi-disciplinary designer and builder who works with wood, metals and stones to create bespoke cutlery.
Christopher, explained that he has always enjoyed working with his hands. After moving to New York (from Minnesota), he increasingly found it difficult to develop his hand crafting skills into a viable business. Instead he ended up working as a model and producer for photographer Ryan McGinley.
Building a design career from passion
Keen to reignite his love and passion for handcrafted objects, Christopher began began carving knife handles out of scraps of furniture-grade walnut and grinding blades from reclaimed steel, all in his backyard in Brooklyn.
Finally in 2010, Christopher took a leap of faith and launched NYCutlery. Making use of underused materials, the NYCutlery range combines style with practicality, making it ideal for everyday use.
Underpinning NYCutlery is an element of customisation; each piece is built for its specific owner in mind and fitted to their hand. A New York Times T Magazine article noted that; “His eco-conscious knives are made to measure for both form and function” and “It is not unusual to see him carve out a mushroom foraging knife with a short, curved blade for cutting back toward the thumb, used to gather fresh wild mushrooms for a delicious home-made ravioli.”
In essence, Christopher’s pieces are bespoke with a sense of primal rawness. Despite being very soft spoken and modest, the conversation with Christopher not only left me completely inspired, but made me realise the importance of the ‘design journey’ and where it can ultimately lead you!
About Linda Delaney and North Shore Interiors
Linda Delaney is the owner and manager of North Shore Interiors, a company that provides interior design, decorating, styling and project management services to Sydney’s lower north shore and greater Sydney metropolitan area.
Linda has been seen in Habitus, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and Money magazines. She is also a regular contributor for leading Australian interior design publications, Home Design and the annual Design & Decoration. Watch out for more of Linda’s work featured in the media.
Contact Linda at Linda@nsinteriors.com.au or on 0432 716 558.