April 11, 2008 We’ve seen some eccentric cutlery in our time (such as the Voodoo Knife Set and the Messermeister Magnablock Pro), but designer Harry White has translated his quirky humor into a range of kitchenware certain to delight the unconventional amongst us. Like his Billions measuring jug, his arbitrary measuring jug or his delightfully eccentric, one-off, evo-cut cutlery set. It is designed according to the principles of population genetics and natural variation. The set, or “population” of cutlery shows continuous variation in size and shape, and inheritance of several kinds of mutation, as explained by a family tree, that alter the cutlery functionality, sometimes in unexpected and useful ways.
Because the cutlery pieces show natural variation in size, there is always a piece suitable for every age, appetite and ability. Through use and exploration, the true adaptive potential of different pieces will be discovered and the novel functionalities revealed when the situation demands it, just like evolution. evo-cut is now the property of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and is occasionally on display.
Sadly, only one of the abovementioned items is for sale – the Billions Jug.
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