Piotr the Bear
studio in Stockholm, Sweden
Mikael Gröndahl is the visionary artisan behind Piotr the Bear’s breathtakingly unique knife storage creations. His love of chef’s knives, combined with his respect for blacksmiths and Japanese knife-makers, is the foundation of the functional art that he handcrafts at his Stockholm studio. Marrying elemental design with rich natural materials, his standalone objects boldly display and elegantly protect knives for the professional or home kitchen. Fusing locally sourced hardwoods stained to striking finishes, supple leathers to cushion favorite blades and hidden rare-earth magnets to secure them with unparalleled strength, Gröndahl’s work is far from a chip off the old block.