After what feels like ages of refining and polishing the look of cutlery, Oki Sato, who heads up the popular Japanese design firm Nendo, is breaking the mold. And he’s turning back the clock of time hundreds of thousands of years in doing so. The Tokyo and Milan based designer recently unveiled “sekki,” a three-piece set of desert cutlery whose rudimentary, irregular forms harken back to the prehistoric days of stone-carved tools.
Sekki (石器), which also means stone tool in Japanese, is a collaboration with Kobayashi Kogyo – a Niigata-based metalwork firm. Parts of each piece are sandblasted while others are polished, heightening the asymmetrical look of stone.