Herb Chopper

Limited series of herb choppers in bronze and aluminum

The theme focuses on objects that are born to be purely functional and ergonomic and their struggle against their status as simple “servant of practicality”. According to Simone Bonanni, an object represents a value and it can be considered as an alternative way to communicate ourselves to the world. Therefore it does not represent only a functionality but it becomes a container of culture and personality.

“The point is that functionality can also be emotional and not just ergonomic.”
Barbara Radice, partner of Ettore Sottsass.

The project examines a herb-chopper, an object of common use and defined by a form suitable for a specific function, often stowed in a drawer in our kitchens. The idea is to raise the perceived value of the object in an almost provocative tone, relying also on emotions rather than just usability and ergonomics.

This is a limited series of handmade herb choppers. Thanks to mainly skilled workmanship, all pieces are unique and appear to be slightly different from each other.
They come in glossy bronze, brushed bronze, glossy aluminum and brushed aluminum. The versions in bronze are acceptable for occasional contact with food (free-lead bronze). However, they need maintenance: they should be hand washed and thoroughly dried after use to prolong their life, and should never be left sitting in any liquids for extended periods of time. Natural bronze is subject to stains, scratches and possible changes of color, therefore we suggest to periodically restore the finish of the product with specific dedicated detergents.The versions in aluminum are not food-safe and are only meant to be sculptural decorative items.

Production and technical support: Fonderia Artistica Campagner
Dimension: 105 x 110
Year: 2017
Photo Credit: Davide Di Tria