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Pott 2722 Flatware

c. 1955

by Carl Pott

While sitting under a chest­nut tree and watch­ing a leaf fall in 1955, Carl Pott got the idea for Pott 22. The organic shape of the leaf became the inspi­ra­tion for the spoon, and the other flat­ware pieces followed. The double-edged knife has less to do with nature and more with actual usage. The serra­tion on the back­side of the knife is ideal for carving into a piece of meat, while the other side is perfect for actual slicing. As the flat­ware of the 1972 Munich Olympics, this stain­less steel design became world famous.

This 5 piece Pott 22 set includes table spoon, table fork, salad fork, table knife with micro-serra­tion and tea spoon.

Carl Pott


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.

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