GRAND PRIX CUTLERY
Kay Bojesen’s collection of Grand Prix cutlery includes traditional and recognisable utensils, such as forks, knives and spoons for both lunch, dinner and dessert, as well as more unique tools. Kay Bojesen’s characteristic fish- and shellfish cutlery, his serving cutlery and children’s cutlery are amongst the highlights, together with the specially designed spoons, that have been specifically shaped to accommodate everything from table salt, caffe latte and marmalade to dressing, sauce and bouillon.
AWARD-WINNING GRAND PRIX CUTLERY
Kay Bojesen received international recognition for his silver cutlery at the IX Triennale di Milano exhibition in 1951. He won first prize, called the Grand Prix, which he therefore named his cutlery series after.
The Grand Prix silverware has since then been introduced in matte steel in 1953 and polished steel in 2011. Today there are 32 different cutlery pieces available in each finish, which are still shaped from the original cutlery series’ shapes and functions. Every single piece is formed with an everlastingness and functionality, that ensures that they will remain relevant parts of the table setting in any home.
CUTLERY FOR EVERY OCCASION
Kay Bojesen’s design philosophy is built on a vision of creating a series of practical utensils that will benefit any home. Both at the informal everyday meals, as well as the holiday’s more festive gatherings. Because of this, Kay Bojesen always prioritized designing tools that should help make cooking, serving, and eating easier and more enjoyable, regardless of the occasion.
At the same time, the organic lines and functional details, makes the Grand Prix cutlery perform just as well as decorative elements on the table, that does not remove focus from what is most essential; the food. With its simple and clean expression, Kay Bojesen’s design can easily be integrated in the already established home décor and be used to complement other tableware, as well as establish a good starting point for the new collector or relocator.
KAY BOJESEN INVITES EVERYONE TO THE TABLE
The Grand Prix series is shaped from Kay Bojesen’s desire to offer everyone, across generations, the experience of his design. That is also one of the company’s core values today, where we continue to manufacture original designs, that invites everyone around the table to take part.
CUTLERY FOR CHILDREN
Kay Bojesen did not think that anyone could be too young to have good quality design in their hands, and therefore also created cutlery sets for the youngest members of the family.
The beautiful handle spoon and unique food pusher were created as the child’s first pair of eating utensils. The child can, with help from the round handle, easily grab and hold the handle spoon, and use the food pusher to shove food onto the spoon in the other hand, mimicking a knife. Kay Bojesen created the cutlery pieces to be the first step on the way for the child to independently be able to handle food on a plate.
Kay Bojesen created these as a set with matching steel plate and steel mug, which was originally intended for children, but is cherished by people of all ages today. Cutlery sets for older children are composed of a child’s spoon (15 cm), a child’s knife (18 cm) and the clever spoon fork (15,5 cm), which is both multifunctional and rests well in the smaller hands.
THE HISTORY BEHIND GRAND PRIX
Kay Bojesen designed his Grand Prix cutlery in the 1930’s with the vision to create the ideal series of cutlery. He did not intend to produce cutlery that was merely beautiful to look at, but would rather shape a series of useful tools, that would fit all hands at the dinner table and in the kitchen.
The Grand Prix cutlery was relaunched in matte steel in 1952, as an alternative to the original cutlery manufactured in silver, and was subsequently introduced in polished steel in 2011. The Grand Prix cutlery today is still shaped from the original design from the ‘30s and is, even after all these years, still a living icon within contemporary, Nordic design.
If you are curious to read more about the story behind Kay Bojesen and the Grand Prix cutlery, you can explore more in the latest issue of the Kay Bojesen Magazine here.