Enzo Mari

Letter Opener – 1962

£42

The Ameland Letter Opener is a double-edged paper knife in satin finish stainless steel, designed by Enzo Mari in 1962 for Danese Milano, Italy. It is believed that Mari chose the name 'Ameland' because of its resemblance to the Dutch North Sea island's distinctive outline.

We have two Italian godfathers in our collection – Enzo Mari one, and Bruno Munari the other. We first came across Mari’s work through our tutor Patrick Lacey, part of design collective Åbäke. We were fascinated by how Mari set out to democratise design, a value we have since adopted into our practice. His key projects Autoprogettazione, Serie della Natura and 16 Animali sum it all up. As a student we could never see them in real life, so it’s a pleasure to be able to sell them at Hato Store.

Emete, Brand Director

Enzo Mari was an Italian industrial designer and artist known for his simple but poetic interpretations of functional objects, including children's puzzles, calendars, and traffic bollards. His clever designs are characterised by their clean, minimal lines, a tactile handling of humble materials and a desire to create beautiful objects for everyone.

Dimensions: 22 cm x 2 cm  Material: Stainless steel. 

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