I love to talk as much as the next blogger and likely even more than some, but on rare occasions I feel that shutting up would be a really good idea. So when I came across these little pieces of kitchen porn, and I’m sorry but there really is no other way to describe them, I stopped talking, writing and to an unhealthy extent even breathing. Stunning, sculptural works of art that happen to also serve for food preparation are created by design duo Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington the raw talent behind Splinter Works, their studio just outside of London. The piece shown above is called “Tipping point” but wait, there’s more. You still breathing?
The highly reflective mirror-polished stainless steel paired with the warmth of walnut cabinetry and reclaimed teak counter inserts is a dichotomy in that it is massively imposing in size and shape, yet oddly weightless due to the use of reflective surfaces. Feeling that pulse racing yet, fellow kitchen aficionados?
Still hanging in there? This piece, “Wink” has been realized in Jesomite and steel and while much more playful than the sleek “Tipping Point” is still a stunning piece that challenges the viewers sense of balance and gravity.
I will say that I personally prefer the Tipping Point but did want to show this angle of “Wink” because it such an attractive solution for vent hood and task lighting integrated into the spectacular steel bridge.
Seeing Miles’ and Matt’s designs makes me realize the importance of boundless creativity, not only to one project but to design as a whole. When you’re then lucky enough to combine that much vision with a keen sense of engineering and technical skill, then , well then you have Modenus raving about you. And surely not just us once we launch this little breathless blog. These friendly, slightly pac-man looking guys are called “Dime”, are made of rosewood and, the designers say, resemble coins. I’m sorry guys, I see apples so maybe we can rename them “Newton” ?
You’re still here? Haven’t fainted yet? And not yet linked to Splinter Works’ website? What is wrong with you? I have nothing further to say. These guys are great and if you end up ordering one of their limited edition pieces, tell them Modenus sent you.