Wild flower kitchen utensils ~ introducing Bojje kitchenware 

 

bojje's wild flower range of cooking utensils
bojje’s wild flower range
 
Celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary, and full from delicious Thai food, Ross & I were out wandering the cobbled streets of Cambridge; corbel hunting {yes, we like to corbel hunt!}

We’d stopped to peek through the window of Providence; a paint and furniture store in Cambridge 

…and there, in amongst all the ostrich feather dusters, & other homeware gorgeousness, were these beautiful cooking utensils.

 

bojje's wild flower range
utensils as pretty as these deserved a little playful styling…
  
bojje's wild flower range
‘naturally distinctive’ these unique utensils are a joy to behold!
  
buttercup whisk
natural beauty of beech wood handles coupled with durable stainless steel
  
bojje's wild flower range
my favourite; the daisy masher
  
bojje's wild flower range
lily’s favourite; yarrow skimmer
  
 Since clearing out the kitchen this summer, I’ve been on the casual look out for a couple of things; a hand-held whisk, a vegetable strainer and a sturdy potato masher…so stumbling across Bojje’s ‘Wild Flower’ range of utensils; I actually thought I was dreaming!

Through the power of Pinterest…I immediately discovered their beautifully appropriate origin; delighted to discover each one is lovingly hand crafted, not far from us; here in East Anglia.

bojje's wild flower range
wild flower kitchenware

Purchasing them online {also available at Liberty London & Anthropologie US}, we’ve had them just over a month, and they are an absolute joy. I really don’t think I’m over-exaggerating here!

As cooking utensils go, I’ve never actually been all that excited, but this Bojje Wildflower range change that completely!  

Don’t they look cute in our kitchen?! 

bojje's wild flower range
beech stand also available
  
 Soft, pretty, tactile; strong, cleverly designed, beautifully hand-made, the list goes on…oh, and of course, Lily loves them too! I had to distract her with potatoes for this shot…

   
 
Anyway, to stop me gushing about Bojje any further; I took the liberty of asking Jon a couple questions about his Suffolk-based company:

Heading up your company is a chef & a designer; it sounds like a winning combination/partnership you have…I couldn’t tell if it was a platonic partnership, or a ‘love tale’ like ours? Just had to ask!  

Both have had bumpy rides in the past, fate bought us together, once a chef she is now my wife, we come up with an idea, I make it, she road tests it, I remake it, she road tests it etc. etc. until we are both happy with it, then I put it into production.

May I ask how you came up with the name ‘Bojje’? It’s lovely. 

Like anything, there has to be more than one reason for doing it…

I started working life as a Pattern Maker in a large nothern foundry, then a cabinetmaker, then a Carpenter, and at the age of thirty studied art & design, designed for 12 years as senior designer for a homewares manufacturer. 

Wanting to design and make my own products; I started making flowing Ash chairs from green timber, using ancent techniques like the old chair bodgers.

We wanted the name to be short and quirk; what we do is posh ‘bodging’, so we pronounce ‘Bojje’ like the charactar in the book by P C Wren…..Beau Geste.

It’s funny how ‘bodging’ is so associated with DIY and craft in a ‘sloppy sense’…much in contrast to the beautifully crafted products you have produced – can you share a little about your design process, and what was it that inspired you to use flowers?

A family picnic in a meadow full of daisy’s sparked the idea of a potato masher in the shape of a daisy. Designing something on paper is one thing, making it work, making it real, is quite another. A masive part of design, that usually goes unmensioned is the second stage; the prototyping. The step that turns an idea from 2D into 3D, something tangable, something to see if it works, to test, to try, to improve on. This to me is also bodging, quickly making something, to test that idea. 

In this context, I truly believe that if…..’Nessesity is the mother of invension’ then ‘bodging is the father’. As a craftsman, this is the part I really enjoy.

Bojje’s range of kitchenalia completely encompasses what craft means to us…the joy of the hand made, the love of design & the care & attention to detail which can be felt in each piece. 

At £20 a piece, they’re an absolute steal! To have even just one in the kitchen will give you such pleasure, I promise! {& if I’m not to early to mention; a wonderful wedding/Christmas gift}

Happy cooking, 

Jess x

~ this post was written in happy collaboration with Bojje ~

Ps. Some sneaky out-takes; lily playing with her favourite ‘yarrow skimmer’…

   
    
 

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