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Table Elements

Forged and Hammered Metal Cutlery

July 16-22, 2017

Nalata Nalata is pleased to present a solo exhibition of handmade metal cutlery by Mitsuhiro Konishi, entitled Table Elements. Cutlery creates a natural connection between the user and utensil. The purpose of the utensil is to function as an extension of the hand, to deliver food from the plate to the mouth. On occasion they act as special components of a tablescape during gatherings, but often times as necessary tools for daily meals.

By its very nature, Mitsuhiro Konishi’s handmade cutlery collection is intimate. One artist, a single maker, creates an object with a clear purpose – precious in size, rich in texture, overwhelming in its delicate relationship of scale and proportion. His materials of choice, steel and brass, are elementary substances and his techniques are age-old, fundamental ways of shaping metal by one’s very own hands. Through laboriously hand hammering, forging, heating and bending, Konishi creates functional, yet aesthetically pleasing flatware.

In the works of this exhibition, Konishi developed pieces that draw from tradition, celebrating classic utensil categories, while synthesizing his background as a sculptor to inspire new forms for dinner sets and serving tools. Ultimately, the goal in producing these works is to make familiar and immaculately executed implements that are intended for everyday use.

Many of Konishi’s designs and skills as a metal craftsman stems from his artwork. We’ve asked the artisan to bring a small selection of his metal wall hangings and wire sculptures to illustrate the inspiration behind his cutlery that are like sculptures in their own way.

Konishi’s complete collection of flatware and serveware will be on display including the acclaimed mixed metal series, characterized by their hand hammered steel and brass elements. A new line of serving utensils and a forged steel series of cutlery will also be on display that showcase some of Konishi’s newest metalworking techniques.

We will also be releasing collaboratively designed metal turners exclusively for Nalata Nalata during the event: the Long Turner and Short Turner. It was an honor to work with the artisan to create serving utensils that could be at once utilitarian and beautiful to stand alongside handcrafted dinnerware. The brass handles gently taper to meet a richly textured, hand-hammered steel head, and the slots are punched in a modern pattern to contrast the rustic way in which the metals will age over time.

Friday, June 16th marks the opening reception. Mitsuhiro Konishi and his wife, Kimiko, will be traveling from Japan to attend the opening reception. Peruse the new collection with sake from the Gifu Prefecture (Konishi’s home region) and mochi by Mochi Rin. Opening remarks by Mitsuhiro Konishi will commence at 7:30pm. The works will be on view through till June 22nd.

Explore the artisan’s studio here.

View a recap of the event here.

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Long Turner
Long Turner

Long Turner

Mitsuhiro Konishi for Nalata Nalata

I am a Long Turner. My hobbies include turning and flipping. Some of my favorite foods are pancakes, burgers, and potato fritters. I enjoy holding hands, deep conversations, and relaxing close to the stovetop.    

$95
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Short Turner
Short Turner

Short Turner

Mitsuhiro Konishi for Nalata Nalata

I am a Short Turner. I'll be the little jewel of all your kitchen tools.  

$75
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Forged Butter Knife
Forged Butter Knife

Forged Butter Knife

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Butter Knife. When alone I can’t cut it, I turn to my butter half.    

$45
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Forged Butter Spreader
Forged Butter Spreader

Forged Butter Spreader

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Butter Spreader. Spread butter to all corners of the bread and love to all corners of the world.    

$45
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Forged Dinner Fork
Forged Dinner Fork

Forged Dinner Fork

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Forged Dinner Fork. I’m hungry, now fork it over!    

$65
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Forged Dinner Knife
Forged Dinner Knife

Forged Dinner Knife

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Forged Dinner Knife. I am only hungry if my yielder is.    

$75
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Forged Dinner Spoon
Forged Dinner Spoon

Forged Dinner Spoon

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Forged Dinner Spoon. You don’t need a silver spoon to eat good food, you just need a hand-forged, stainless steel one.    

$65
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Forged Teaspoon
Forged Teaspoon

Forged Teaspoon

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Forged Teaspoon. Heavy hearts like heavy spoons are best relieved with a cup of warm tea.    

$48
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Forged Tea Fork
Forged Tea Fork

Forged Tea Fork

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Forged Tea Fork. When you come to a fork in the road, take it... especially when the fork has a pastry on it.    

$48
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Coffee Scoop
Coffee Scoop

Coffee Scoop

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Coffee Scoop. I’m going to tell you something I’ve never told anyone before. I have a caffeine addiction. It’s like, every time I see it, I dunk in head first.    

$70
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Cake Server - Double Notch
Cake Server - Double Notch

Cake Server - Double Notch

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Double Notched Cake Server. I'll take a second notch and then a second slice!    

$62
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Serving Spoon - Short
Serving Spoon - Short

Serving Spoon - Short

Mitsuhiro Konishi

I am a Short Serving Spoon. I may be short but I can serve like a pro. So put me on the offense and go for the win!    

Starting at $70

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