In January 2021, the Cutlers’ Company launched a new annual design competition to create a set of contemporary cutlery; consisting of a knife, a fork and a spoon. The winning set will be made into a usable canteen of cutlery for the Company’s Livery Dinners.
Alice Welch was amongst the panel of judges, and Robert Welch Designs were delighted to support this initiative which will ultimately produce an extraordinary snapshot of British design in the 21st Century and offer designers of the future a chance to explore the delights of making such intimate everyday objects.
The Cutlers’ Company is one of the most ancient livery companies in the City of London, having received its first Royal Charter from Henry V in 1416.
This was the inaugural contest, the 1st of 95 annual competitions, concluding in 2116 as the company marks 700 years.
The competition was open to students currently on, or recently graduated from (3 years or less) any art, design or crafts course, at any college or university, studying at undergraduate, post-graduate or equivalent level. Applicants had to be living in the UK for the duration of the competition.
To mark the announcement of the competition winner, runner up and highly commended entry, we take a look at the concepts and design inspiration behind each one.