A piece of metal that wanted to become a flatware set.
Wilhelm Seibel V is completely certain that if his uncle, Herbert Seibel in the fifty’s, had not rebelled against his Father, Heinrich Seibel, there would be no Mono company today. Seibel III produced – third generation – solid department store flatware in the lower to medium price range, and he wanted it to remain that way. The booming flatware manufacturing was divided among 200 producers. Uncle Herbert, young and dynamic did not want to end up as a regular spoon producer. Secretly, he traveled from Ziegenhain to the School for Design in Kassel where he met with Peter Raacke, a young undergraduate in the field of industrial design. Behind the old man’s back the two of them developed what was to become a design icon: the Mono A flatware.Mono
The majority of Germans had a strong preference for ornate objects. What was known as the Gelsenkirchen Baroque style was also in kitchen drawers. The Mono A, by contrast followed cleanly and to the point – geometric, and made of industrial steel. The usual traditional Mono retailers were irritated. „A piece of steel that wants to be a flatware“, according to the competition. There are now Monofewer than 10 stainless steel flatware producers.
At the end of the fifty’s the need for post-war production capacity had been met. Since the early sixty’s inexpensive production from the Far East invaded Europe. The piece of metal that wanted to become a flatware set, was the recipient of the 1973 „Bundespreis Gute Form“, the Federal Award for Good Form.
(Free Translation of: Thomas Ramge, „Aus dem Bauch heraus“ In: brand eins business magazine, 04/08, page 80)
Continuous design history made by hand
Before a Mono flatware comes into your hands, it went through the hands of master craftsmen in the manufactory in Mettmann, who work with great dedication and patience each part until it meets the highest quality standards.
The processing techniques have been passed on and refined over the decades. The knife was initially stamped from a single piece of stainless steel - a so-called mono-block, from where the name Mono was derived. Today, the knife consists of two steels, which are joined together in a special process: the handle made of stainless steel, the blade made of high-quality hardened blade steel. Elegant design combines in this way with the highest cutting power. Filigree in appearance and yet stable are the handles of spoon and fork. Extra thin rolled and thus particularly friendly to the mouth, however, are the tops. Fork and spoon require more than 30 production steps.
Bundespreis „gute Form“, Hannover 1973 • Stedelijk-Museum, Amsterdam • Museé Pédagogique, Paris • Wanderausstellung „Werkunst aus Deutschland" in Norwegen • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa • Ausstellung des Deutschen Werkbundes, München • Ausstellung des World Design Congress, Tokyo • XII. Triennal Milano • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia 1983 • design-Center, Stuttgart • Deutsches Klingenmuseum, Solingen • Haus Industrieform, Essen • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kassel • IF Ecology Design Award 1997 • Iconic Interior Award 2016 – best of the best • German Design Award 2019 “Winner”