30 shanks in 30 days by chen chen and kai williams
30 shanks in 30 days by chen chen and kai williams 30 shanks in 30 days by chen chen and kai williams
dec 29, 2012

30 shanks in 30 days by chen chen and kai williams

’30 shanks in 30 days’ by chen williams

shank 22/30, 2012

saw blade, steel, electrical tape




sharp, knifelike utensils have been made by humans for the last 2.6 million years. all cultures make use of a form of a knife and there are hundreds of types made from metal, plastic, stone, ceramic, glass and wood.


as a celebration for the launch of their web store, new york-based designers chen chen and kai williams developed ‘shank shack, 30 shanks in 30 days. these sharp utensils were made as an exercise in experimentation of connections and manipulation of proportions and materials. all pieces in the series achieve one goal and show the myriad of methods one could improvise to achieve that goal. each of the 30 and are signed and numbered and can be seen herein chronological order of when they were produced.



shank 25/30, 2012

steel, silicone bronze, mahogany



shank 9/30, 2012

steel rebar, threaded tool steel and wood clamp handle, brass, wax thread, epoxy clay



shank 15/30, 2012

pencil, X-acto blade, rubber, nylon zip tie



shank 6/30, 2012

stainless steel, toothbrush



shank 10/30, 2012

cast iron, electrical tape



shank 30/30, 2012

steel, ash



shank 2/30, 2012

vitsoe 606 paint sample (powder coated steel), ash wood, stainless screws


  • Interesting but I a bit unsavoury what with all the stabbing and murder connotations

    Sancho says:

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