Sarah Wiener Knife Series
Manufacturer: Pott, Seibel Designpartner GmbH, Germany
Design: Sarah Wiener, Ralph Krämer
red dot award: product design 2012
red dot: best of the best
Ralph Krämer and Sarah Wiener

Sharp and award-winning: the knife series by TV cook Sarah Wiener

Kitchen knives are among the most important tools for any cook – nobody knows this better than TV cook and “red dot: best of the best” laureate Sarah Wiener. Just as her cuisine is based on freshness and quality, this knife series, which is named after the celebrity chef, speaks for tradition and form. The series is made up of nine pieces manufactured by Pott, a long-established German knife maker, in a traditional process involving 90 different steps. The blades are extremely tough and rust resistant, as well as flexible and resilient: They stay sharp for a long time and can easily be sharpened at home.

The knives were designed by Ralph Kraemer in close cooperation with Sarah Wiener: “We wanted to create a meaningful, durable knife series that does not need to scream for attention for one season.” They succeeded. The knife series convinced the independent jury: “The workmanship, design and quality of materials are impressive. Perfection and touch characterise the product. The knife set is an expression of a successful symbiosis of tradition, craftsmanship and design.” The international experts honoured this outstanding design achievement with the “red dot: best of the best”, the highest single accolade of the competition.

What are the greatest challenges that you currently see in your branch of industry?
Sarah Wiener:
Meaningful creations. Both in the cutler’s workshop and on the plate.
Ralph Kraemer: Creating something of high quality despite ever-stricter financial constraints.

How would you define the term design quality?
Ralph Kraemer: Durability, emotionally appealing with high functionality.

Do you have a philosophy toward life?
Sarah Wiener: Where my feet are standing, there I am.

At the moment, manufacturers and designers around the globe are invited to register their works for the “red dot award: product design 2013”. Potential participants can register for the competition here.