Unique cutlery? What do you mean, knives, forks & spoons with character and flair? isn’t that a bit of a stretch? Well, you tell me – after you see the examples below. I think that cool cutlery can really enhance the meal experience. Elevate the elegance. And with the current trend for “dining in”, why not make it special? You’ll find dinner guests are always intrigued by unique or unusual cutlery – I’d even label a few of them funky flatware. And your choices are really amazing when you start to look around. We used to call it “silverware” but there are so many alloys used today – and many are not even silver in color, let alone composition. I suppose that term came from the old sterling silver sets. Which you should never leave behind at a yard or garage sale, just for the record 🙂
Is it Art or is it Cutlery?
Some of the flatware design today is incredibly complex. Others are simple, rustic and look hand forged over an anvil. But much of it is far more artistic than I’ve noticed before.
This is the Salvador Dali collection of flatware and it’s wild. And expensive. But it’s also really intriguing. It will probably be the most unique cutlery you ever own, that’s for sure. These are, of course, reproductions. The originals were designed by Salvador Dali in 1957. Made in France.
Black is the New Silver
Black is a popular color for flatware/cutlery sets. Well, you know, it’s popular for everything from the little black dress to wood flooring – black is always in style. The Herdmar Oslo Black 5-pc place setting is available at Amazon. This Herdmar offering uses stainless steel with a black mirror finish.
The Nendo Skeleton flatware (above and below) is designed in Japan for the Belgian furniture and home accessories brand Valerie Objects. As you can see, the design is not just art – it’s functional. And this set is available in four colors, including silver, black, copper, and gold.
This Treble Clef cutlery from World Market is pretty cool, don’t you think? If you know a music lover, it’s the perfect wedding or shower gift. And it’s not horrendously expensive. Very trendy – keeping with the forged, rustic look.
This matt black (and white) set is from Bysta and would really suit a bohemian dinner table set up, wouldn’t it? Available at Amazon.
All That Glitters
The Twig Cutlery set in brass, from The Wholesome Store, is a perfect rustic accessory for dinner at the log cabin. Brass, with gold lacquer polish coating and designed in Australia.
XHCP is a sleek, modern gold flatware line that’s not too expensive. Available at Amazon.
How about Rose Gold? How chic – although it’s only spoons. But anything From Christofle is always wonderful. And it’s no different for these Mood Espresso spoons.
Unique Cutlery in Silver
The Fortesa Dragonfly set – you know how popular dragonflies are when they start naming cutlery sets after them. They have hollow handles and are a very elegant length.
The Alessi Zlin cutlery collection is heavy and modern – I love it. Might have to order, it’s available on Amazon and not too expensive.
The Yamazaki Merge collection features elongated tines and shortened handles.
The Yamazaki Gone Fishin’ collection is oh so whimsical. Watch for more fish (fishing) related cutlery later.
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This is a Gorham set (vintage) available on Etsy. I thought it was really unique for cutlery – the ends of the handles look like fiddleheads, don’t they?
Hollow cutlery is a unique look – why do we need the handles to be solid, anyway? Source
Unique Cutlery in (almost) Every Color
Pois by Casa Bugatti (that’s right, the car company) comes in many color choices. And you can mix and match if you prefer.
Rainbow cutlery from Mepra is available at Nordstrom – this is really funky flatware in my book. But I don’t think I would use it every day. Mepra is a great company, and this set is anything but inexpensive. Crafted in Italy, it uses a titanium coating process over stainless steel. You can find cheap copies everywhere online if you’re just looking for novelty silverware for a kid’s party.
Also rainbow, but red rainbow, this silverware is stainless steel with a dishwasher safe coating. Not from Italy. Available at Amazon.
This cherry red set from Lagouile comes in other colors as well. Recommended for everyday use, and really not a bad price at all, considering the quality and the maker.
Mix and match colors (above and below) with translucent handles are from Amazon. The set comes with a counter basket for easy access. Great for outdoor dining.
Israeli designer Lee Ben David created this “Specific Cutlery” specifically to call out the need for all these pieces of cutlery. For example, the implement to pick up cherry tomatoes, shown on the right 🙂
From Etsy, this hand-forged flatware is certainly unique – forged with wrought iron but still light enough to use easily.
This hand-forget set (again from wrought iron) is rustic and very strong looking. Medieval almost. Source
This handmade medieval cutlery, by Rudolf Krutsky is available at Outfit for Events.
And Then You Have Unique Cutlery for the Garden
I couldn’t resist. And no, it’s not really cutlery. But it’s ‘repositioned’ cutlery. Recycled cutlery. Whimsical. And so sweet in the garden.
This Peace Fork is a must-have for the garden! Available at Whispering Metalworks.
These stamped spoon herb garden markers are perfect for the garden. And seriously, who can tell the difference between Italian Parsley and Cilantro without herb markers? Not me. From Etsy. There are many styles of spoon garden markers available.
And there are some pretty incredible silverware wind chimes on Etsy – and many websites that will help you DIY a silverware wind chime. It’s really a fantastic idea for old family silverware – nobody wants that clunky ornate stuff anymore but you can keep these family pieces by repositioning them.
And then, we have the cutlery wind chimes that go a little further and try to create a landscape, like this fisherman. NevaStar uses natural driftwood and vintage silverware to create different scenes, all involving fisherpeople.
And we’re right back where we stared – Unique Cutlery as Art.
What’s in your cutlery drawer?