We’re at the sharp end of sophisticated postprandial entertaining with our tool kit
Intent on making the sharing of food an elegant affair, we asked Jacques-Elie Riberyon to develop a five-piece set, comprising a chocolate hammer, nut opener, a small knife, a brush for cleaning up crumbs and a cutting board. Riberyon’s sophisticated yet industrial aesthetic has been executed by Architectural Titanium, which used aerospace-grade titanium for the cutting board and its patented crystal titanium to make the faceted grips on each tool.
Jacques-Elie Riberyon is a product designer currently based in Paris. Barely two years out of ÉCAL, the Montreal native first made a strong impression on us with his graduate collection of shaving accessories that expertly blended form and function. Riberyone has revisited and expanded on the project and will launch the finished results under his own design label this autumn. je-riberyon.com
The architects’ go-to titanium consultant is based in Kansas in the US, but its pull reaches far and wide across the globe. Collaborating on projects of varied scales, from architecture to art and design, the company represents the largest and most cutting-edge titanium manufacturers, and its portfolio includes icons such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. architecturaltitanium.com
Chocolate company Marou created an exceptional 80 per cent cocoa chocolate bar using organic Trinitario beans from the Tien Giang province of southern Vietnam. This bright, balanced chocolate is rich in flavours and aromas: there are notes of citrus fruit, banana, cinnamon and honey, with a hint of tobacco, all embedded in a dark-chocolate texture. The package design is by design agency Rice Creative, and the wrappers were hand-printed in Vietnam.
Marou was set up in 2011 in Vietnam by Frenchmen Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou, and the signature Marou taste comes from the fine flavour of the Trinitario variety of cacao, sourced directly from small farmers scattered throughout southern Vietnam. The finest beans are selected and, using local cane sugar, are turned into chocolate at the firm’s ‘chocolab’ in Ho Chi Minh City. marouchocolate.com
Rice is a graphic design agency based in Ho Chi Minh City. It was founded last year by Joshua James Breidenbach and ChiAn De Leo, two former employees of international, London-based advertising agency Lowe and Partners, with the intention of creating honest yet powerful visual identities, packaging, websites, T-shirts and the like for its steadily growing client list. rice-creative.com