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JP Steak Knife

by John Pawson

The JP Steak Knife designed by John Pawson, in collab­o­ra­tion with KAI, features in a solid ebony handle with a Damas­cus steel blade. Damas­cus steel is a type of steel used in Middle Eastern for sword making. These Blades are reputed to be extremely tough, resis­tant to shat­ter­ing & capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. The repu­ta­tion & history of Damas­cus steel has given rise to many legends, such as the ability to cut a hair falling across the blade. Avail­able as a single piece, a set of four or a set of six.

Pawson was born and brought up in Halifax, York­shire, the youngest of five chil­dren. Coming from a wealthy family, he was schooled at Eton. After a period in the family textile busi­ness, Pawson left for Japan in his mid-twen­ties, moving to Tokyo during the final year of his stay, where he visited the studio of Japan­ese archi­tect and designer Shiro Kura­mata. On his return to England, he enrolled at the Archi­tec­ture Asso­ci­a­tion in London, leaving to estab­lish his prac­tice in 1981.

John Pawson

United Kingdom (1949)

After a single trip to Japan in his youth, John Pawson began on an inspired journey of minimalism in design that continues today. Much of his work as an architect in Britain has concentrated on private residences. Pawson enjoys the deep connection that comes with designing a home for a client. His work has also taken him down the road of creating spaces for Calvin Klein as well as the Design Museum in London. His aesthetic favors clear spaces, which he achieves through long swaths of stone and unadorned wood. His product designs are meant to complement his architectural work, the Abbey of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in the Czech Republic.

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