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My team and I selected a philosophical notion, “Martyrdom”, as derived from the image of a cracked glass table. We chose ordinary objects that could become martyrs, and to then put these objects through torture to explore material properties. Our prototypes and ourselves had to personally experience martyrdom to truly make this aesthetic / non-aesthetic of Martyrdom (we all started bleeding at some point).

The final result is a set of 7 knives showing a form of de-evolution from the standard (perfectionism) butter knife, towards the imperfect and handmade craft knife. A scene from Indiana Jones inspired this aesthetic, namely the one where he must choose Jesus's "Cup of Life". The incorrect cup was the perfect and bejeweled cup, and instead the one that Indiana Jones chose was a humble and imperfect cup ( Jesus’s cup). Our idea was that the 7 knives and the craftsmen had to both suffer for the grander goal of creating a tool.

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Rhys Duindam
Founder at Nupky Eindhoven, Netherlands