Fuksas’s New Design: Columbina Fish

The Influential Design Duo Tell us About their New Sea Food Inspired Cutlery Set

‘We are not always searching for inspiration, we don’t search but in the end we find it anyway,’ Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, internationally acclaimed architects and designers, told The Plus.

The powerhouse duo is behind well-known design projects across Europe, Asia and North America, including their recent project of Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport terminal 3, in China.

The inspiration for the terminal came from the manta ray, a fish that breathes and changes its own shape. Carrying on with a similar theme, Fuksas has released a new range of cutlery called Columbina Fish, created for Alessi. These nifty, yet elegant utensils have been specially designed for eating seafood, making it easy to crack shells, break claws, and pull out lobster flesh with style and ease.

“Colombina fish” is a complete range of cutlery perfect for serving and enjoying fish dishes:
We caught up with Massimiliano and Doriana to hear more about their work:

The Plus: What inspired the design of this set?
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas:
Each project represents a unique challenge. It is an emotional matter. The idea springs from the investigation: when it wants The “Colombina collection” is a cutlery set designed for seafood lovers. The handles on each piece have a special texture, inspired by fish scales: an evocative pattern that clearly indicates the purpose of this cutlery.

TP: What materials did you use and what was the process of making the shapes?
MF & DF:
The eating utensils are made from 18/10 stainless steel with a mirrored finish. The shapes of the fish cutlery are all based on the existing Colombina ones. Furthermore “Colombina fish” are designed to make it easier and delightful the way in which one eats seafood.

TP: What was the experience like in Maison & Objet (http://www.maison-objet.com/en) 2015 in Paris?
MF & DF:
Sharing space, time, words, information, food, places, goods, services, experiences. At Maison & Objet, you could learn about the new uses and values of objects reshaping community life.