Why the Blade?

The cutting blade is the essential tool of any maker—designer, architect, sculptor, crafter. It's efficiency is rivaled only by its form: slim, angled, dangerously beautiful. After two years of working with a blade almost every day, I came to appreciate it as more than just a tool. It's a representation of the precision I try to infuse into my work. 

I thought about ways to recontextualize the blade. What could it gain by elevating its aesthetics over its function? I enlisted metalsmith Melissa Hamming to prototype the blade as a purely decorative item—no longer sharp, no longer able to create form. Several iterations later, The Blade was born, an innocuous yet potent symbol of the meticulous manual labor that supports design.

 

-Njoki