While visiting ShowUp this weekend the first thing that caught my eye when arriving at Westergasfabriek, the beautiful location of this years ShowUp, was a bunch of wood leaning against the huge building. It happened to be some raw wooden planks from Morten Høeg-Larsen of Sløjd. And once inside I fell in love with the story behind the wood and the boards.
Sløjd is a joint venture between Morten and Claus Meyer, co-founder of restaurant Noma in Kopenhagen. Fascinated by people in countries like Japan and Vietnam displaying their craft and skills on the street. Morten set up a small street-carpentry after being invited to have an outdoor shop during the Copenhagen Cooking Festival to make his boards.
At ShowUp he was doing the same and worked on the boards while telling about how he goes on the look for that one piece of wood and the process before it is on our counter tops. I am quite fascinated by the tables above as well which I found when checking out the website.
By making the cutting boards he wants to show how quality kitchen tools can still be made locally, instead of in far away foreign factories. All wood is selected by Morten himself and the boards are handmade in the Swedish countryside, just outside Ystad.