To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, or rather with a set of spoons in one's hands. This collection of 'birth spoons' designed for RICHARD was born from a meeting between historical expertise and a desire to update a forgotten tradition that forged family bonds upon the arrival of the awaited child.
Although the spoons were originally made of wood, it soon became the norm to make them out of tin. But in well-off families, a godfather would traditionally give his godson a silver spoon at his baptism. This object was a symbol of future prosperity for the child. The godmother gifted a metal cup, also made of silver, with the godson's first name and birthdate. This also guaranteed the child good health, since silver has bactericidal properties that woud protect him from illnesses that were poorly understood at the time. This belief was very widespread, and even today many of us still have our cups, napkin rings and cutlery, stored in a drawer.
Today, birth gifts are still given, but the spoon, a most commonplace object, has fallen by the wayside. We designed this collection, distorting the archetype of the spoon by using it as a raw material, to revisit the classic birth gifts.
Now, in addition to soup spoons, teaspoons and dessert spoons... there are also 5•5 designers' birth spoons. When curved, the little spoon becomes a napkin ring to store a bib; punched with holes and combined with silver rings, it becomes a rattle to help with teething. Cut up and welded onto a cup, it becomes a comfortable handle and the ears of a face. Stuck onto a plate, it becomes an eggcup with room for a few soldiers. Equipped with a guard, it can be used to eat tidily or to snack, a double-sided tool.