Smart Design, New York. Good Grips Paring Knife. 1989

Smart Design, New York

Good Grips Paring Knife


On view
OXO International, New York, NY
Stainless steel and synthetic rubber
7 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 1" (19.7 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm)
Gift of the designers
Object number
Architecture and Design
This work is on view on Floor 3, in Architecture and Design Gallery East, with 89 other works online.
Smart Design, New York has 3 works online.
There are 8,569 design works online.

After retiring from Copco (the American kitchenware company he founded) in 1988, Sam Farber decided to use his entrepreneurial experience to help people with physical disabilities and impairments. He asked the New York-based firm Smart Design to develop a line of kitchen utensils whose principal focus was the grip, its quality and efficiency. Oval in shape and formed out of thermoplastic elastomer—a synthetic rubber that can be molded in detail by injection—with gill-like incisions for a firm grip, the handle they developed has been outfitted with knife blades, can openers, potato peelers, and more. A better-fitting handle born out of necessity was the spark for a design philosophy that extended to other kitchen items, from measuring cups to oven mitts. The line, which was initially devised for a few, has become widely favored for its beauty, comfort, and intelligence—a great example of universal design.

Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013

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