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There are a lot of things the majority of us wish we did every day. We might wish to exercise, to eat better; perhaps we’d even like to smile more. Human desires are endless. While most of us stick to the most basic of daily aspirations, Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud puts us all to shame. The Oslo School of Architecture alum channeled his fascination with “the unique organic qualities of wood” into his succinctly titled “Spoon Project.” Encompassing 365 days of labor, the finished artwork yielded 365 individually hand-carved spoons, one for each day of the year.

If it sounds a bit obsessive, that’s because it is: In this instance, repetition and ritual play a major role in Ruud’s practice. “By repeating the production of a spoon every day for a longer period of time, the goal is to challenge and explore a spoon’s aesthetic and functional qualities,” says the artist.

Another important part of the process was the use of hand tools. Ruud claims doing this helped him to “actively cooperate with the material,” something he says is often lost in industrial production where machines overwrite wooden structures and natural growth patterns. We’re certainly impressed. 

Learn more about Ruud’s project here.

  • Source: Obscura
Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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