Yesterday I was lucky and got a very interesting contact with Laura Noriega, a
Designer living in Mexico. She gave me access to a very interesting project she co-developped with another young talented designer Jacobo Munoz. The project is called NEGRAS INTENCIONES, The Taste of Luxury. Which in spanish means Dark Intentions, and you will understand the double meaning… It is a full collection of kitchen knives with a handle made of true Obsidian stone.
This is a very provocative, luxury, original collection of knives based on the theme of luxury.
Obsidian is a volcanic black glass, created in the first seconds of a volcano lava blast. Pliny’s Natural History features volcanic glass called “Obsidianus”, so named from its resemblance to a stone found in Ethiopia by one Obsius (wikipedia).
Obsidian was considered as a very valuable stone since the Middle-age because men could easily made objects from it (jewel, blades, arrows….). Today we can find Obsidian close to Volcanos but the biggest producers in the world are South America with Mexico, followed by Japan and USA. Obsidian stone is known for its healing properties. It protects you against depression, blocks negativity and bad spirits. Black stones have protective energies and popular knowledge says it is the stone of the soft hearted and gentle people of the world. We also say that we need to be careful in buying a ancient obsidian jewel, it might be cursed… so Obsidian is a very paradoxal stone, perfect for this knife collection under the tone of provocation.
From their creators :
” Delicate carving from expert hands, perfection and quality of the craftsman, tireless seeker of the best stainless steel, gives way to the subliminal bal- ance of the 7 Sacred Knives of the Negras Intenciones line. The darkness beyond the light and the light melts into the darkness”
7 sacred knives like the seven capital sins…
This collection was manufactured thanks to the exceptional know how of a Mexican Knife maker called José Ojeda and Family, established for 12 generations of Masterful workers of the Metal. You can see his website here.
The concept photographs presents a young men with a knife in his hand and a gentle white sheep close by… naughty situation… diabolically sexy and desirable. Photography taken by Klaudia Estefania, a young mexican photographer. Check her website here and her brilliant Flickr here. So finally the brilliant work of these 2 young designers shows that not only Japanese or Swiss or French know how to make knives, but the young generation succeed to bring the sublime into once’s kitchen.
Black is beautiful… and Black will always be the new black.