About This Artwork

Greg Lynn
American, born 1964

Commissioned for Alessi

Dinner Fork, 2007

Sterling silver
2.5 x 3.25 x 19 cm (1 x 1 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

Celia and David Hilliard Fund; restricted gift of the Architecture & Design Society, 2007.646.3

© Greg Lynn FORM.

The flatware that architect and designer Greg Lynn created for Alessi is a brilliant reinterpretation of the figurative tradition in tableware design. With its sinuous lines, the flatware formally reflects Lynn’s ongoing interest in Art Nouveau and the late-nineteenth-century designs of architect and designer Victor Horta. Beginning with the premise that the design of all flatware originates with the spoon, Lynn conceived of the cutlery as a kind of genetic system made up of stem, leaf, and flower, and capable of endless variations. Lynn produced the flatware out of layers of liquid metal using a three-dimensional digital-printing method. The result is that each piece is figuratively articulated and differentiated from the others by subtle mutations, as the basin and tines of the fork blend in surprising combinations.

— Entry, Essential Guide, 2013, p. 92.

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