Laguiole Cutlery

Laguiole Cutlery

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I have always had a thing for vintage style cutlery and I’ve been looking for something cool and quirky for some time now. A few months ago I was browsing on Yuppiechef (an awesome online kitchen store) and I stumbled upon Laguiole by Andre Verdier. It was definitely love at first sight! I’d finally found the vintage style cutlery that I had been dreaming about. The bonus was that it came in an amazing variety of colors.

I had never heard of Laguiole knives or cutlery before that chance encounter (possibly because I live in South Africa or because I’m not a very savvy cutlery connoisseur!). It’s handmade in France, by some of the best designers in the world. Each piece of cutlery art is adorned with their trademark little bee (I love this touch of quirkyness).

So here’s my collection, so far (my fiance will kill me if he reads this!), which consists of Andre Verdier’s colonial mix color palette.

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My lovely red cake forks.

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Ivory coffee spoons.

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Salad servers.

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Cheese knife set (because I LOVE cheese!).

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Last, but certainly not least, the famous Laguiole steak knives!

The next Laguiole item on my wish list is Jean Dubost’s 24 piece pastel cutlery set (yes, yes, I know that I’ll end up with 12 knives and 12 coffee spoons, but that’s not a bad thing, right?). I am now completely obsessed with Laguiole!

Laguiole Pastel Jean Dubost

Our Private Collection – 1937 Triang Epoch Pedal Car

Our Private Collection – 1937 Triang Epoch Pedal Car

  
One of our favorite things in our collection is this lovely pedal car, a 1937 Triang Epoch. My fiancé lovingly restored this little beauty to its former glory (Joop from http://www.triang.nl made all the transfers and is a very helpful guy). It really was a lucky find in South Africa as not many of these early pedal cars survived. 

Once we’ve built our house (we intend to build a Queen Anne style wooden house) it will have pride of place in our lounge because, to us, this little pedal car is a piece of art! 

  

Restoration of a Harding Netley Rotary Tricycle

Restoration of a Harding Netley Rotary Tricycle

Our latest restoration job was a vintage Harding Netley Rotary Tricyle (or invalid carriage). 

It took us about 6 weeks to fully restore this tricycle. It needed body work and sandblasting and we then had to re-paint it. It didn’t have a seat, so we had to make a new one and have it professionally upholstered. We tried to keep as many of the original parts as possible, but obviously had to replace some nuts & bolts.

Our main aim with this restoration was to make it look like it did when it was first manufactured. I think Paul (our amazing co-owner & restorer) managed to do just that!

Please enjoy our before & after photos!

   
    
    
    
 

Restoration of a 1955 Vespa Low Light

Restoration of a 1955 Vespa Low Light

The restoration of our 1955 Vespa Low Light Scooter has definitely been a labour of love. It took about 1 year to complete and did require some new parts, but we absolutely loved restoring it. 

It’s quite a rare scooter here in South Africa and we are very lucky to have found it. With a lot of hard work and many hours searching online for the necessary parts, we finally finished it! 

Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as we do!