Nordic tribute

The latest additions to the series are an elegant chopping board together with a one-handed herb chopper – a “ulo” inspired by Greenlandic tradition with a hand-crafted handle in ash with soft curves and fine details. The unique character of the ulo is underlined by a cylindrical eye in stainless steel delicately embedded in the handle.

Fine cutting with a gentle rocking motion

The Greenlandic ulo has been used for centuries to clean hides and for cutting lard. Jacob Leth-Espensen’s design gives the chopper an improved and ergonomic handle for soft and effective cutting with a gentle and efficient to-and fro “rocking” motion without lifting the blade from the board. The rounded shape of the blade and plenty of space for the fingers makes it a joy to use.

The ulo is accompanied by a matching chopping board in hardened ash for extra robustness. The board features an elegant, slightly concave cutting area that collects finely cut herbs, chopped onions or nuts. When turned upside down, the back serves as a normal cutting board.

Proud as a king

Nordic mythology tells us that the first of our kind – Ask and Embla, the man and woman – were born from the ash and the elm. The ash tree, Yggdrasil, is also part of the story as the tree of the world that spreads its branches out across the world. Ash wood is both elastic and tough, even stronger than oak. This is why in ancient times it was used for Viking ships, as shafts for axes and shovels, carts, ladders, spears and bows. Today, ash wood is used for sporting gear, skis, golf clubs, furniture and, of course, for Silva. The ash tree has been part of Danish nature for the last 9,200 years and is considered to be one of the most valuable types of wood in our forests. It can grow to a height of up to 40 metres, soaring above the other trees. The Latin name of the species, excelsior, means “The one who rises above all others”. You cannot help being impressed by this tall, upright tree. Proud as a king.

Proud as a king

Nordic mythology tells us that the first of our kind – Ask and Embla, the man and woman – were born from the ash and the elm. The ash tree, Yggdrasil, is also part of the story as the tree of the world that spreads its branches out across the world. Ash wood is both elastic and tough, even stronger than oak. This is why in ancient times it was used for Viking ships, as shafts for axes and shovels, carts, ladders, spears and bows. Today, ash wood is used for sporting gear, skis, golf clubs, furniture and, of course, for Silva. The ash tree has been part of Danish nature for the last 9,200 years and is considered to be one of the most valuable types of wood in our forests. It can grow to a height of up to 40 metres, soaring above the other trees. The Latin name of the species, excelsior, means “The one who rises above all others”. You cannot help being impressed by this tall, upright tree. Proud as a king.


Meet the designer behind Silva!

Jacob Leth-Espensen, an awardwinning Danish designer, is the man behind Silva (the Latin word for wood) for Zone Denmark. The series is based on Scandinavian design
traditions with a preference for clear lines, a simple expression and Old Nordic materials such as ash and oak.

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