Designer Ed Carpenter's rectangular serving boards in natural light oak are charmingly straightforward. Functionally double-sided, with one side planed flat for food preparation and carving and the flip side slightly concave with a lip edge for serving. Finished with rounded edges and an inset grip, they're an indispensable kitchen aid and a fine gift for any chef.
- Medium: 12" h x 8" w (30.5x20cm)
- Large: 15" h x 10.5" w (38x26.5cm)
Untreated light oak
Very Good & Proper
With the credo “Measure twice, cut once” emphasizing longevity, Very Good & Proper grew out of a start-up collaboration between London restaurateur Patrick Clayton-Malone and design duo Klauser & Carpenter. Launched to produce well-designed and original furnishings for Patrick’s place Canteen, the initial range was industrially styled but softened through the use of curved forms and bold colors. “What’s led us (to becoming a design company) is the rigors of contract furniture,” says Patrick, nodding to Andre and Ed. “There was a lot of frustration with the traditional designer licensing model from these guys.”
Function is as prized as looks to the designers, to hear Ed describe the thought process behind one of the defining designs, Canteen Hook. “The important thing for the hook was to have a big surface area so it doesn’t damage clothes,” he says. “We also added a plate that stops people marking the wall behind when repeated greasy thumbs rub against the wall.” Now located in a refurbished pickle and chutney factory, VG&P's collection has grown to include seating, tables, storage units and other accessories, all manufactured responsibly in the UK and Europe.
Graduating from the Royal College of Art in product design in 2002, André Klauser set up his own practice in London the very same year. The Hanover native had previously studied design at the Fachhochschule Münster and worked in London for Jasper Morrison. His portfolio includes a range of projects in the fields of furniture, product, interiors and exhibition design. André says he is inspired by everyday life and the objects that surround us in our normal routine.
His clients include Thorsten van Elten, Authentics and Established & Sons. He’s also a partner in the design and production company Very Good & Proper. Often collaborating with fellow designer Ed Carpenter under the name Klauser & Carpenter, he continues to live and work in London. Along with his professional duties, André has returned to RCA—as an instructor. "Design is the result of our desire to shape the world around us," he says. "It is a chain of decisions based on our view of the world."