add more spice (to the dinner table)
Since the very beginning of valerie_objects, we have shown a great interest in all tools that surround the dinner table. It is no coincidence that we started off by redefining the shape of cutlery and continued by offering table objects such as the dinner trays of Muller Van Severen (which acquired kind of a cult status over the years).
And now, with great proud, we present our next dinner related project: the pepper & salt project.
For this, we gave five designers carte-blanche to create a pepper and a salt mill. As being the flagship of valerie_objects, design duo Muller Van Severen of course accepted the challenge, together with other renowned designers Maarten Baas and Studio Wieki Somers with whom we’ve collaborated in the past.
There are also two remarkably young debutants: Sigve Knutson (1991, Norway) and Thomas Ballouhey (1990, France). ‘Sigve and Thomas already made quite an entrance in the gallery world’, our art director Veerle Wenes states. ‘I chose them because they have developed a very personal aesthetic’. The two young designers flirt with the codes of tools from the stone age.
The third newcomer is the world-famous Japanese designer nendo, known for his poetic minimalism with a twist. ‘Although he constantly works on four hundred projects at the same time, he had never been asked to do a pepper mill’, Veerle smiles.
With the pepper & salt project, which consists of two mills and three grinders, we add yet another piece of design to the dinner table. All objects look very distinctive, in a way that one could easily point out which was designed by who. That will forever remain one of our cornerstones here at valerie_objects: presenting objects with a clear and unique signature.