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Witches Kitchen by Tord Boontje

Witches Kitchen collection is a collaborative effort in sustainable design commissioned by Artecnica, designed by Studio Tord Boontje, and made by artisan communities in Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala.

By Editor Design.nl / 22-07-2008

Witches Kitchen collection is a collaborative effort in sustainable design commissioned by Artecnica, designed by Studio Tord Boontje, and made by artisan communities in Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala.

An Artecnica Design with Conscience project, Witches’ Kitchen is a handcrafted kitchenware collection that the company says is "inspired by the witches and wizards of western lore". The collection is a collaborative exercise in sustainable design commissioned by Artecnica, designed by Tord Boontje, and handcrafted by artisan groups from three different South American countries.

Witches’ Kitchen features black ceramic cookware hand-molded by Colombian artisans, an assortment of wooden kitchen utensils hand-carved by Guatemalan craftsmen, and kitchen couture for men and women hand-sewn by Brazil’s Coopa-Roca women’s cooperative. The collection "Bridges the gap between sorcerer’s spell book and mother’s cookbook, celebrating the arcane magic behind every succulent dish." The cookware includes a black ceramic casserole and saucepan, both with matching lids that double as serving bowls. Each piece is hand-molded by Colombian artisans using traditional pottery techniques, and is embellished with textured leaf prints. Fresh leaves from the local area are pressed into the wet clay and burn during the piece’s firing, leaving fossil-like imprints in the ceramic.

An assortment of intricately carved wooden utensils hand-made by Guatemalan artisans evokes a witch’s essential tools, including a dagger knife, and a pair of salad tossers shaped like witch’s hands. Double-ended utensils including a serving and tasting spoon, a serving spoon and fork, and carving and serving forks round out the selection.

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