Sami knifes at La Fabrika

For those shopping in the fashionable Dansaert area of downtown Brussels, have a look at La Fabrika. Born out of an absolute love for design, this brand new design shop displays a carefully curated selection of design. But the story doesn't end there. La Fabrika also curates design exhibitions such as the Leuku - Stuorniibi - Sami Knife.

As is enters its last week, the I Love Belgium team advices you to go and have look  at the inspirational interpretations of the famous Leuku knife – used by Lapland’s Sami people.  The knife has played a key role in Sami culture for more than 300 years and the exhibition underlines the importance of preserving handicraft traditions that are rapidly disappearing. 22 international designers had the challenging and ambitious task to update the sami knife.  The exhibition, with the beautiful scenography of designer Benoît Deneufbourg, shows sketches and drawings, as well as the prototypes of the knives.
Amongst those international designers you'll find big names such as Gijs Bakker, the brothers Bouroullec, Alfredo Häberli and Jasper Morrison. Each of the designers who contributed were sent a seven-inch Leuku created by master Sami craftsman Josef Laiti and asked to reinterpret the knife in inspirational new ways. Keeping in mind the aim of the exhibition: underlining the importance of preserving handicraft traditions that are rapidly disappearing.

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