Sumu Series Cutlery by Masanori Oji

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Sumu Series

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cutlery

INSPIRATION:
We have formulated a manufacturing technology over 10 years of R&D to realize the production of artefacts such as cutleries using zirconia. The allergen-free zirconia cutlery provides a better alternative for people with metallic allergies in the selection of cutlery they use. The cutlery with smooth, shall replace the cold glitter of metal cutleries in the table setting and bring serenity to the dining scene.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
It is a cutlery series made of zirconia. They do not interfere with the flavours of dishes as absolutely no metallic ions are released. Consequently, they never become the cause of metallic allergies. You can focus on your sense of taste as the thin, silky finish of the zirconia tip makes it easy to take hold of the food with exceptionally smooth feeling in and out of the mouth. The matte zirconia cutleries softly reflecting atmospheric lighting shall bring serenity to the dining scene.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
If you cook with your full heart, you might want your precious person to notice how much you have cared about it. From the choosing foodstuffs, planning the cooking steps and timings, preparation, heat control to the exact temperature, and the decorating dishes. There, SUMU cutlery supports the table scenery by softly reflecting atmospheric lightning. And lastly, it brings your purity love on the tongue.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2018 in Tokyo and finished in November.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The material used is Stabilized Zirconia, which is composed of two different kinds of crystals. One features durability, and the other flexibility like metals. It pliantly changes its shape by external forces. It is formed by the injection molding technology and sintered at a high temperature of approximately 1,400 deg.C. Being similar to bone china, there is no dissolution of metal ions at all. Consequently, it does not cause any allergy.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Each cutleries : 220 x 40 x 15 mm, 3 pieces set Package : 250 x 150 x 20 mm

TAGS:
Cutlery, Ceramics, Allergy free, White Cutlery, Black Cutlery, Zirconia, new material

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
SUMU series is the cutlery made of Zirconia. Zirconia was farthest hard and processed by a metallurgy. It had not been used for cutleries. But we realized the manufacturing technology for it by over 10 years of R&D. Some processes were extremely complicated. We researched the form, the convenient weight and the feeling to the mouth, in the design. The smooth and elegant form, which could not be rendered by conventional metallic cutleries, was realized solely by the new zirconia metallurgy.

CHALLENGE:
Improving productivity was the challenge. In advance to this project, we had won Good Design Award Japan 2017 for Zirconia Soup Spoon. But that became only a luxury due to the low productivity caused by the complicated processing as measures for extreme hardness, brittleness and size limitation of Zirconia. For SUMU project, we utilized more power of the aesthetic design and developed suitable technology for that design. It can be seen at the white eye nail for assembling the head and the handle.

ADDED DATE:
2018-11-14 08:03:30

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Designer of Oji&Design: Masanori Oji, CEO : Mitsunori Yamase, R&D Engineer: Takeshi Nitoda, R&D Engineer: Takahiro Tosa and Production Engineer: Yoshikatsu Ueno

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Yoshihiro Abe,SUMU Cutlery White set, 2018.
Image #2 : Photographer Yoshihiro Abe,SUMU Cutlery Black set, 2018.
Image #3 : Photographer Yoshihiro Abe,SUMU Fork White, 2018.
Image #4 : Photographer Yoshihiro Abe,SUMU Knife Black, 2018.
Image #5 : Photographer Yoshihiro Abe,SUMU details, 2018.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.zikico.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
ZIKICO INC

PROFILE:
OJI&DESIGN is the design company and ZIKICO INC is the client. This nominate is done by ZIKICO INC. ZIKICO is a product brand specialized in a material called "Zirconia" which has three characteristics. Zirconia is derived from minerals; its hardness is next to diamond and ruby. Zirconia is composed of two different kinds of crystals. One features durability, and the other flexibility like metals. It pliantly changes its shape by external forces. Zirconia is ceramics sintered at a high temperature of approximately 1,400 ° C. Being similar to bone china, there is no dissolution of metal ions at all. Consequently, it does not cause any allergy. As hard as a jewel. As flexible as metals. Non-allergic like bone china. To put it in a word, zirconia, is “Purity.” ZIKICO shall contribute to the society by producing products based on “pure” zirconia.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Sumu Series Cutlery by Masanori Oji is a Nominee in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Sumu Series Cutlery by Masanori Oji is Winner in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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