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Carl Pott

Germany

While Carl Pott coined the whim­si­cal term spoon­ery” for his flat­ware, the process of creat­ing his seem­ingly effort­less designs is calcu­lated. Master crafts­men apply a century of accu­mu­lated wisdom and skill in the produc­tion process, which for those humble spoons include more than 30 steps — and more than 90 for knives, hand­made of molyb­de­num and vana­dium steel alloy, with handles of quartz-sand for an exceptional balance.

Pott’s father, Carl Hugo Pott, founded the epony­mous work­shop in 1904; three decades later, Pott trans­formed the steel special­ists into true arti­sans, fash­ion­ing uten­sils of his own concep­tion through­out the mid-20th Century. He also commis­sioned collec­tions by fellow modernists includ­ing Hermann Gretsch, Paul Voss, and Josef Hoff­mann, all equally ergonomic and elegant.

Third-gener­a­tion crafts­man Hannspeter Pott joined the fold in 1985, keeping the spirit alive while initi­at­ing bold collab­o­ra­tions with Ljubisa Misic, Ralph Krämer, Stefanie Hengel and others. When the legendary Siebel family bought the company in 2006, Pott had won some 700 global awards and earned spots in the perma­nent collec­tion of insti­tu­tions like the Museum of Modern Art. 

Designs by Carl Pott (9)