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the design process

Our designer Helen Kerr of Kerr & Co. and her team use their imagination and experience to address the way we eat and set our tables, alongside the more practical considerations of use, care and longevity. But that's only the beginning.


rethinking possibilities

When Kerr and Company design a product, they listen to a user's needs and think about how the object fits into an environment, a process, or someone's life. With innovative thinking, our team can create great solutions to problems. We can give an everyday thing a new twist that gives it a real kick or unexpected appeal.
 
Each of our exclusive designs is researched, modeled, drawn, prototyped and refined before it goes into final production. Using CAD programs in tandem with foam and wooden models, our designers work with a range of techniques to become intimately involved with each form in all its subtleties and details.
 

manufacturing and production

Our team has a thorough knowledge of all the manufacturing processes involved in making an idea a reality - from stamping, forging, brushing and polishing, to packing and shipping. Along the way, we obsessively check these processes to ensure the best results are achieved. But it's never just technical - intuition, inspiration and imagination are always part of the equation. We put an amazing amount of care and tail into every step of the process.

meticulous production

Around thirty detailed steps have to be undertaken and carefully managed to produce our fabulous, well-crafted knives, forks and spoons from raw stainless steel. From the start, Gourmet Settings takes the time to acquire high-quality raw material and then takes special care at every stage of the manufacturing process to produce our flatware.
 
major production stages:
1. "Blanks" (the basic shapes) are stamped out of stainless steel sheets.
 
2. The functional end of the blanks, i.e. the wide forward section, is flattened by rolling.
 
3. These ends are then stamped to produce the eventual functional shape - tines for a fork and the bowl for a spoon.
 
4. Another pressing process further shapes the tines and bowls.
 
5. The handle is then carefully shaped.
 
6. The last step - our beautiful smooth, sealed surface finish is created through a number of meticulous grinding and polishing stages.
 
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