During its 175 year long history the LAGUIOLE has experienced ups and downs, but thanks to the engagement of the FORGE DE LAGUIOLE it is nowadays more alive than ever.
It is an old tradition in the Auvergne to give a knife as a present to the beloved ones. The son inherits it from his father and by giving it as a present to a friend one expresses deep bonds of friendship. In return one receives a coin. Thus the knife has been “bought” and the bonds of friendship cannot be cut.
In order to have longlasting value, traditions must not only be repeated but they must also face present challenges.
This being an important part of their philosophy it distinguishes the FORGE DE LAGUIOLE from other manufacturers. Since its founding the members have sought the cooperation with outstanding designers and with people who have gained a reputation through their work and by their way of forming our living space.
In this way the tradition is pursued in a modern way and further developed.
In 1989 the world-famous designer and architect Philippe Starck created a LAGUIOLE with modern aluminium-design according to the traditional shape of the knife.
In 1993 it received the DESIGN PLUS AWARD on the AMBIENTE trade fair in Frankfurt/Germany.
Since that time his knife is also a part of the exibition of the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in New York.
Yan Pennor´s is the publisher and creativ-director of severall famous french magazines such as Paris Match, Marie Claire etc. In 1990 he created the corporate design for the manufactory FORGE DE LAGUIOLE and also a LAGUIOLE with the new high-tech-material carbon-fibre. His creation receives the french AWARD FOR OBJECT DESIGN in the same year.
In 1992 the intenational reowned french designer Eric Raffy created the restaurant and hotel for one of the highest decorated three star cooks of France Michel Bras. Soon after this he designed a pocket-knife for FORGE DE LAGUIOLE which in 1995 received the BLADE MAGAZINE AWARD at the SALON in Atlanta for its innovative design.
Sonja Rykiel is the first woman who created a LAGUIOLE in the year of 1995. The famous french haut-couture-artist is well known for her own collections but also for her creations for other famous fashion houses in the world. Her great experience with colour and material reflects on her knife.
Furthermore, by cooperating with French sommeliers the FORGE DE LAGUIOLE invented a new type of knife the “SOMMELIER”.
Immediately after having been presented it was awarded the DESIGN PLUS PREIS 1996 at the trade fair AMBIENTE in place Frankfurt