Ralph Kraemer & Sarah Wiener

Sarah Wiener knife series
Design: Sarah Wiener, Berlin, Germany; Ralph Kraemer, Saarbrücken, Germany
Manufacturer: Pott, Seibel Designpartner GmbH, Mettmann, Germany

Special: red dot best practice

Sarah Wiener & Ralph Kraemer, Germany

While manufacturers and designers around the world are being invited to register their works for the “red dot award: product design 2013”, we are presenting you with a selection of the award-winning works from last year’s competition in this special publication.

In 2012, Sarah Wiener and Ralph Kraemer received the “red dot: best of the best” for the outstanding design of the knife series “Sarah Wiener”.

“The design of the Sarah Wiener knife series epitomises the expectations evoked by the name Pott. 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”, stated the renowned experts of the red dot jury.


Perfection in forging

Kitchen knives are among the most important tools for any cook. Ideally, they are easy to work with and fit perfectly into the user’s hand. The Sarah Wiener knife series was developed in close cooperation with celebrity chef Sarah Wiener. Just as her cuisine is based on freshness and quality, this knife series 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 different 90 process steps. The blades are extremely tough and rust resistant, as well as flexible and resilient. Using one piece of molybdenum-vanadium stainless steel from Solingen, each blade is forged by hand in nine steps. What is more, they have a Rockwell hardness of 56 degrees and are also ice hardened, which gives them excellent “edge retention”. They therefore stay sharp for a long time and can easily be sharpened at home.

Daily food preparation with these knives is made even easier through good ergonomics and functionality. The ergonomically designed bolster protects the fingers and a precisely placed centre of gravity prevents the hand from becoming tired. The harmonious combination of high-quality natural materials in a single unit is also impressive. The handles of the Sarah Wiener knife series have a gently sweeping form which makes them sit well in the hand. They are made of carefully selected local damson wood, the grain and colour of which caresses both hand and eye of the beholder.

red dot: 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.