The golden feast: Elhanati's jewelled cutlery

Elhanati and Conie Vallese indulge in a little Gothic fantasy with a suite of jewelled cutlery

jewelled cutlery by Elhanati
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Orit Elhanati’s impressive collaborations with Khaite and Helle Mardahl Studio show that the Danish-based jewellery designer is open to challenging her own point of view from time to time. But her ongoing artistic partnership with Argentine artist Conie Vallese goes beyond a single idea. Instead, it has taken root by way of the pair’s lifelong friendship, so that their collaborative ideas continually branch out and flourish beyond their personal, artistic pursuits.

Portrait of Elhanati designer Orit with jewelled cutlery collaboration

Jewellery designer Orit Elhanati, and the gem-set ‘Jardin’ jewelled cutlery collection

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Various collections have interlaced their joint tendency towards the romantic, historical, textural and floral and, having created a cache of sizeable flower-inspired jewels last year, Elhanti and Vallese went on to produce a small sterling-silver cutlery collection, ‘Jardin’.

Now, they have launched a gold-plated sterling silver edition of their interior objects, comprising an olive fork, a butter knife and spoons, but this time, with a shimmer of black diamonds and black spinels adding a particularly precious lustre. Having debuted the new collection at Salone del Mobile 2024, as part of Alcova’s Villa Borsani exhibition, the new ‘Jardin’ range has blossomed to include a salt bowl and a creamer.

Jardin Salt bowl Elhanati jewelled tableware

‘Jardin’ salt bowl

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It is gorgeously opulent, with cast fingerprints and handwork reflecting the pair’s obsession with Victorian Gothic. ‘Conie and I are both hugely inspired by the romantic splendour and flamboyant silhouettes of the late 19th century, when craftsmanship was central to design and heightened with a fantastical, dreamlike quality,’ Elhanati confirms.

But there is another, abstract aspect to the ‘Jardin’ designs. ‘The cutlery has the apparent shape of traditional forks and spoons,’ Elhanati says, ‘but a surreal element emerges that makes you look again and question the form, so you might look and ask: “Is it a fork?”, or “What would that fork be used for?”

knife and portrait Elhanati jewelled cutlery

The ‘Jardin’ butter knife, and artist Conie Vallese

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The pieces are destined to be on display as decorative objects in their own right, but they are, Elahanti promises, ‘absolutely designed to be used’. However, there is a caveat: 'They are definitely not dishwasher friendly,’ she says, smiling.

The ‘Jardin’ homeware collection by Elhanati and Conie Vallese is available to buy at Elhanati

A jewelled Creamer jug by Elhanati

‘Jardin’ creamer

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Caragh McKay is a contributing editor at Wallpaper* and was watches & jewellery director at the magazine between 2011 and 2019. Caragh’s current remit is cross-cultural and her recent stories include the curious tale of how Muhammad Ali met his poetic match in Robert Burns and how a Martin Scorsese Martin film revived a forgotten Osage art.