Signature Collection: Picnic Flatware Dinner Knife, 1986
Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund. 1986-94-1.
- Made by David Tisdale
What is this?
Flat rectangular aluminum handle with brushed surface, adonized green. Rectangular blade adonized purple with rounded outer point and bevelled cutting edge. Blade affixed to handle side with three silver rivets.
Why is this important?
American designer David Tisdale won both the American Craft Museum Design Award (1985) and the Pantone Color Award (1988) for his Picnic Flatware. Tisdale’s focus on basic geometric outlines in his rainbow-colored eating utensils highlights their elemental function rather than intricate ergonomic shapes. Tisdale gained acclaim for this flatware, although he also designs jewelry in a similar Constructivist manner — his bracelets, earrings, and brooches contain geometric shapes, straight lines, and flat areas of color.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: