Poetry in the kitchen

Raphael Rossel • 30.11.14

Kitchen utensils are mundane, everyday items. They serve their purpose unassumingly around the cooker or on the table. Their design often reflects this, and they are only ever intended to be one thing: a practical helper. You would probably never even think to use them if they didn’t prevent you from burning your fingers. In short, the allure of commercially available kitchen utensils does not lie in their shape or the materials they are made from.

As a result, simple and shapely kitchen accessories stand out all the more. This is especially true of those that have been designed by the young industrial designer Carlo Clopath from Trin.

With his «Palutta» collection, the designer from Graubünden has created a range of kitchen accessories with an almost irresistible aura. You immediately want to handle them, or even better, cook with them or eat out of them. They exude a sort of sensuality that could be described as poetry expressed in wood form.

The quality of the items lies in the combination of materials and shape. Take, for example, a spoon reduced to its original and simple form: the handle and bowl of the spoon are milled from a single piece of wood. The workpiece is first shaped and then perfected using a CNC milling machine in a multi-stage process.

It is clear from the expression of form displayed by all of the accessories that this is a designer who is both willing and able to tell stories through his work, which not only represents artisan traditions and customs, but also simple and tasty dishes from Graubünden.

He has succeeded in expertly transferring this cultural heritage into his kitchen accessories, and it is likely that he will revitalise other everyday objects with the same philosophy and skill.


The «Palutta» range of kitchen utensils described above is mass-produced by the Graubünden-based company, Okro. The designer would be pleased to accept enquiries or orders by email: info@carloclopath.com

Carlo Clopath

Carlo Clopath is a Swiss industrial designer. He studied at the ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) in Lausanne, and following his graduation in 2012, he worked in Cecilie Manz’s office in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2014, he established his office in Trin, Graubünden. In the same year, his work was rewarded with a Swiss Federal Design Award and the Canton of Graubünden Award for Cultural Promotion. His work is on show in Milan, Vienna, Eindhoven, Tokyo and Copenhagen, amongst others.

You can find more information on the designer here:


Photographer: Hans-Ruedi Rohrer