Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Star Trek had futuristic flatware?

Enterprise table by designer Marco de Gregario credit:
Yes they did eat food - drink coffee too - on the Star Ship Enterprise, on the TV series & on film at the Movies - many times in a very fine designer fashion as well...

One set of futuristic flatware at least, that was used once on the TV Star Trek, is on display at the Fabulous Flatware exhibit at UL's Art Museum & other sets (if you were curious, as I always am) you could perhaps find online or say for sale on e-bay to view online...

Out of curiosity went to look for a set of  'futuristic flatware' on a Star Trek Auction Listing & found 2 of the same set used on TV going for a Price of $162.37 with 11 Bids on archive from 2008...
Those 2 sets of flatware happened to have been made by Mikasa in Korea & in the description they said they were distressed so as not to shine on camera...

Further curiousness sent me in search of Star Trek: Voyager flatware...
Where I found a set for sale at $79.99 (or is that an each piece price--don't want to know) from a Props webpage - how 'real' they are I don't know...
But I can see how this could get addicting really quickly--then again I don't have a Doctor's salary to go off bidding at Auctions or racking up PayPal Accounts on e-bay?!

credit: image from
(note: this is not the set at the exhibit here in Lafayette)

Because I could not leave well enough alone I went off to find the big Christies Auction back in 2006 that apparently surprised a lot of folks at the time & found this description:

A stainless steel set of Danish modern tableware, Arne Jacobsen pattern by Georg Jensen including six each of: dinner forks, salad forks, teaspoons, tablespoons, knives [5] and boullion spoons -- used in the mess hall of the Starship Voyager and the captain's mess of the Enterprise NX-01
Price Estimate was $600-$800 & Sold for $1800.00??!!
See more at...
40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection
5 - 7 October 2006
New York, Rockefeller Plaza


(note: I won't copy their photo, because an Icon like Christies you don't wanna mess with I'm thinking)

Again--I am amazed at the prices realized on this props stuff, fan or no Fan, & I am a Fan of all the Star Trek TV series & the movies?!

credit: MondoBlogo: Flatware Fiesta!
Blog link...

(note: this looks a lot like the one in the exhibit - it's by the same designer Shozo Toyohisa, only this set is called Hana & the one in the exhibit he calls "one of three designs in Eastern Accent Collection" Yuki)

The Yuki design can be seen under Modernism & Beyond Style in Wall Case 3
at The Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum
Address: 710 E. St. Mary Blvd; Lafayette, LA
Exhibit Opens from Aug 20, 2011 (reception/talk - that I went to, for the slides & talk by Dr. William P. Hood) thru until Dec 17, 2011

Along with this set there are 227 pieces in the exhibit, as numbered & in the catalog...
(note: the catalog & many of the displays were designed by Hailey Boudreaux, a UL graphic design student - I think for her internship, it was a great op for her & I was pleased to meet her & mother/ father at the talk/ accident too as I was worried when I saw them taking a photo in front of a display case, then her Mom said it was OK because her daughter had designed it?!)


The exhibits description from their webpage...

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Fabulous Flatware: Non-traditional Tools of the Table, The William P. Hood, Jr. Collection

Since the nineteenth century designers have been breaking with tradition and dreaming up contemporary dining tools. At times the change has just been new decoration; at others it’s been a new form or type, sometimes challenging our preconceived notion of how flatware should look and sometimes blurring the distinction between eating and serving implements. Advances in production technology have resulted in new composition, texture, colors and wear-resistance.

An exhibition at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, will showcase contemporary flatware from 1898 to 2011. Drawn primarily from the collection of Dr. William P. Hood Jr., 330 examples from 110 patterns from around the world will illustrate the changes in decorative style, size, function, materials and techniques.

Flatware designs and place setting are grouped thematically into 8 sections: Espresso, anyone?—small coffee spoons and in many cases matching cups and saucers; Eating can be fun—children’s flatware, combining novelty and functionality; A salad of servers—tools for tossing salad in myriad designs; Mamma mia!—implements for eating and serving pasta and pizza; These take the cake—servers for pastry; Traveling flatware—flatware to go; Flatware that’s not flat—new ideas or new takes on old ideas; and Lovingly handmade—artful creations crafted by artisans.

Organized by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The exhibition is available for travel to other institutions. For more information contact Dr. Lee Gray at

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Let me tell you I am not one at all to Oogle silverware/flatware/tableware of any kind - but I found this collection attracted me & it kept me curious & as you can see I still am?!

Like another Sci Fi set is from the spacecraft of the 1968 film - 2001: A Space Odyssey

"HAL--can you set the table please..."


Arne Jacobsen flatware by Georg Jensen
designed in 1957 by arne jacobsen and used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, this flatware has been a classic for almost 50 years. available in matte finish only...

5 pc placesetting price $95.00


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