Nendo, everyone’s favorite designer of reimagined everyday goods, is known for, among various other things, its cutlery. Whether it’s sleek cast-metal utensils or prehistoric-inspired forks and knives, the Japanese studio can get quite imaginative in its approach to dinnerware.
Its most recent take is Skeleton, a spindly line of utensils designed for Antwerp-based home goods company Valerie Objects. Like its name suggests, Skeleton’s forks, knives, and spoons are bony. Nendo designed them to use as little material as possible, resulting in utensils that look like shadows of their former selves.
The utensils, which come in black and stainless steel, have thin handles and unexpected kinks in their frames, which allows them to hang from a mug or hook onto the side of a tray, perfectly balanced. The knife, the most skeletal of all the pieces, has negative space in the center, leaving just the handle and blade.
Nendo designed a stand for the utensils, but the studio adds that they can just as easily hang from the wall like a piece of art—in case you’re inclined to put your cutlery on display.