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“Spezerei” is a family of spice grinders that breaks away from the dogma of turned traditional models. The set consists of a salt and pepper mill, a nutmeg grinder, and a salt box. Deliberately additive and architectural, these everyday objects do not immediately reveal what they are. These small sculptures arouse curiosity and invite you to touch and explore them. Since they don’t look like kitchen utensils at first glance, they also cut a fine figure on the dining table.
The original “Spezerei” family is available in fine domestic hardwoods such as walnut, oak, and ash. The salt and pepper mills are equipped with Danish ceramic grinders by CrushGrind and the nutmeg mills with Swiss quality grinders by Strässler. For the London Design Festival, KIM + HEEP created a special edition with a dystopian feel. The studio brushed oak and stained it black to give it a weathered look, which is smooth touch.
Charred and tough survivors of the apocalypse, they herald in a new beginning.
dimensions salt/pepper mill: 57mm x 45mm x 215mm / ca. 250g
dimensions nutmeg mill: 57mm x 45mm x 165mm / ca. 290g
dimensions salt box: 115mm x 57mm x 65mm / ca. 195g
Beech wood, Blackened Oak
Wood & Cabinetmaking
we are Mia and Niko, founders of KIM+HEEP,
makers of beautiful spaces and things. We focus on the human experience and celebrate everyday life!
We specialize in great custom-tailored environments and products of high emotional value, no matter the scale. Projects range from commissioned product and interior design to conceptual installations, research, publications and teaching.
Coming from an international background we understand that people -and companies- are diverse. This variety demands individual solutions.
We examine the positive potentials of cultural globalization by mutual, fearless inspiration and recombination.
Being a product designer and an architect, we have been realising projects in both fields since 2005. What we find most interesting is exactly the potential between the disciplines! We describe our working method as PingPong. An exchange of ideas, thought experiments, pipe dreams, sketches, and prototypes.
We are the translators of hopes, needs, and wishes.
The body of work in this collection consists of pieces by Greek designers of the mainland and the diaspora, or international professionals who live and work in Greece. As a common theme we tackle the elusive notion of “Greekness” and how this transpires through the work of seemingly diverse and distinct individuals. In our attempt to define “Greekness”, we aim to raise questions about how this plays out in the work presented.
How do Greek designers view their identity? Is it through their effort to decipher their heavy heritage? Is form important in order to achieve a predisposed classic elegance, or is a philosophical disposition towards shape more poignant? Could it be simply a resourcefulness and DIY ethic to make up for the absence of design infrastructure?
How do Greek designers based abroad deal with their background? Could it be that they simply ignore it in order to finally free themselves? Is there a certain amount of innovation necessary in order to channel it into the new environment?
Finally, how do foreign designers see their work influenced by their Greek surroundings? Is it the reference through the use of noble materials such as marble or the abundance of natural light that makes their work unquestionably Greek? Or could it be something else they were seeking when they decided to move here, something abstract like humour or drama? Could their arrival finally mean a departure from Greek heritage’s self-reference?
The pieces that we present might seem ill-matched, but they share an important core element. They are confident in their narrative of a personal story of identity, that is either at peace or against the Greek archetype. Through this communication, they all describe a culturally mature and vibrant scene that is finally extroverted and coming of age.
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