The Swiss are fascinating from their military organization to their rich history of high-quality and world-famous industrial design including watches, pocket knives and more. This giant-sized reinterpretation of the classic Swiss Army Knife (aka the Swissarmius cutlery holder) is both a humorous and functional adaptation of a well-known multifunctional original applied creatively in a kitchen context.
When stocked with kitchenware, the base container looks as if it were left open with its fold-out accessories fully deployed – making even a chaotic set of knives, spatulas and serving spoons look right at home and ready to use. When empty, the simple curved design is quite elegant with its white interior and red facade. You can see how the best effect will be achieved with simple silver or chrome utensils that best match the look of a real Swiss army knife.
It makes one wonder: what else could we do in the kitchen or elsewhere using this Swiss-style storage solution and at what point will it upset the Swiss? In any case, it’s a clever idea and a fun way to spice up the decor on your kitchen counter. Probably best to leave your knives in a drawer or magnetic strip where they belong, so you aren’t tempted to store them blade-up and cut yourself.
About the designers:
“Art. Lebedev Studio was founded in 1995. Our main areas of work include design automation, graphic design, websites, urban design, architecture, environment design, wayfinding systems, industrial design, interfaces, typefaces, patterns and book publishing. We are a very creative and very technocratic company that combines wild ideas with research and analytics. We see our job as finding the most effective, simple and beautiful way to solve each problem. Our projects are widely discussed. We operate the way we want to and the way we think is right. As a matter of principle, we don’t work with clients whose beliefs contradict ours.”