“Il Canif” is a small, precious Folding knife, designed by Pierre Charpin, a useful object for the person on many an unforeseen occasion such as cutting bread, salami and cheese on a picnic or for cutting a flower. “Il Canif” comes from the tradition of sharpeners (‘temperini’ in Italian). The Treccani dictionary says: “... The name ‘sharpener’ (temperino) comes from the fact that it originally served to sharpen (‘temperare’) the quill, i.e., a cane reed.
folding knife in 18/10 stainless steel and steel AISI 420, mirror polished.
Length (inches): 7½″
Item code: PCH03
Pierre Charpin was born in 1962 in Saint-Mandé (Paris). An artist by education, his devotion to the design of furniture and objects dates from the beginning of the 1990’s. His research appears in the projects which he develops for the Design Gallery Milano and the Kreo Gallery in Paris. In tandem with his more experimental projects his work is recognized by various companies of international renown such as Post Design, Zanotta, Montina, Venini, La Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres. In 2004 he wins a competition for the design of a water carafe for the Société Anonyme de Gestion des Eaux de Paris (Paris Waterworks), the carafe “Eau de Paris”; the “Triplo“ vase produced by Venini appears in the selection of the Compasso d' Oro 2005. The Paris Furniture Fair elects him creator of the year 2005. He has several personal shows and several of his pieces are included in the collections of the FNAC (National Foundation for Contemporary Art) of the Georges Pompidou center and of the Decorative Arts Museum of Paris.