cleaver & knifes


Honourable Mention

Young Designer Award´94 . ICEL H. M. metals category | Finnish Market


Shark cleaver & knifes

We have a natural aptitude for the involvement with organic forms which are harmonious to the sight and the touch and which are intimately connected to our needs. The emotion transmitted by an object, results from its character and its shape. Formally, it must be assumed an organism that under a seductive texture, brightness or colour is a vertebrate structure, rich in tensions of strength and balance that will definitively contribute for its general harmony.
It´s important to feel the object´s anatomy, its strength and its sensuality.

job briefing

Cleaver concept development and functional prototyping. Proposal for the Young Designer Award´94 | Finnish Market | Head juror Tapio Yli-Viikari

project details

Contest application 


Honourable Mention




Sales are the full responsibility of the manufacturer, ICEL.
The author only shows the link, having no responsibility or intervention in any deal.

Shark was developed in a 3D model and already using renders for volumetric simulations. AutoCAD R12 and 3D Studio R3 was the software used.

After the award and all the positive national e and international feedbacks, the director of ICEL, João Jorge, requested the development of the full knifes set.

The Young Designer Award is (was) an initiative of the ICEP - Investimentos, Comércio e Turismo de Portugal (Institute of Foreign Trade of Portugal), which aims to promote contact between schools and the companys and encourage design students to develop their careers in the industry, raising their awareness of specific problems companies are struggling with.

Brief summary by the promoter ICEP always in the catalogs, from 1989 until 2002. Currently ICEP is “aicep Portugal Global – Trade & Investment Agency” (government business entity).

After the prizes were awarded, ICEP promoted several exhibitions for national and international promotion. "Shark", in addition to participating in exhibitions under the "Young Designer Award´94", also participated in exhibitions and events promoting globally Portuguese Design, together with projects by renowned Portuguese senior designers.

1994 “Young Designer Award’94″
Jardim do Tabaco, Lisboa, Portugal
ESAD Matosinhos, Matosinhos, Portugal
1995 “Young Designer Award’94″
“Habitare`95”, Messukeskus, Pasila, Finland
“Ambient´95” ICEL company stand, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
“Identidade e Desígnio – Design, Arte e Indústria”, NERLEI, Leiria, Portugal
“Encontros de Arte de Lisboa”, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisboa, Portugal
“Design aus Portugal – eine Anthologie” Museum für Kunsthandwerk (Museum Angewandte Kunst), Frankfurt, Germany
“Objectes Convenients – Disseny actual Portuguès” Primavera del Disseny ’97, Palau Marc, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
“EXPO´98″ ICEP pavilion, Lisboa, Portugal
“Diseño Portugués, Un Compromiso com la Industria” Fundación Carlos Amberes, Madrid, Spain
”Sinne +5, Design aus Portugal”, Stilwerk, Berlin, Germany
“Portuguese Design” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

What's new?

It was a simple cleaver, but beautiful, the starting point. The knives would come later, seven in all, each with their own function. And finishing the carving. No more. There are ten sister pieces, to sell together, essential in the kitchen that wants to be refined. The blade, sharp, is worked to the millimeter. No flaws. The handle, in laminate, soft to the touch, captivating to the eye. This profile of this prestigious set is outlined. The name chosen was Shark. And more I can’t say. It remains to wait for July when ICEL celebrates half a century of history. Plácido Afonso, designer, with an honorable mention for this same cleaver, will then see his line on the market. In selected stores across the country. Stay tuned. It is a very serious case.

CORDEIRO, Cristina, “Exemplos – Era uma vez uma faca”, in: CasaClaudia – Edição Especial, nº 89, Editora Abril Morumbi, Lda., Linda-a-Velha, 1995, pp. 41-42

We have placed cookies on your computer to help make this website better. Read the cookies policy
yes, I accept the cookies