Stabile Bread Lame Scored & Baked Alphabet


Stabile Bread lame

The Stabile Bread Lame was designed to provide a steady and smooth bread scoring experience.

Alexia started experimenting with sourdough bread about a year ago. In order for the sourdough bread to finish blooming in the oven, scoring marks have to be cut onto it's surface; this is probably the most creative and satisfying part of making the bread (aside from eating and sharing it). Alexia became frustrated with the bread lame she was using: the sharp blade was precarious to load, once installed the blade would move around, and at times even come off during the scoring process.



The opportunity presented itself in the 3D Products Design class at SVA when asked to re-design a tool that would inspire hand work. Alexia started sketching on paper and iterating forms in blue foam. She decided to use smooth curve transitions on the grip part to emulate de smooth cuts often seen on bread. The curves would also help make a more comfortable grip. For securing the blade she started experimenting a bit with magnets and other mechanisms, but after some variations she decided to use a hinge on the tip of the tool along with sinch -type mechanism to easily secure the blade. 


Scored & Baked: an alphabet made of bread

The Typography project—for Alexia's Graphic Design class at Products of Design—presented itself shortly after the Stabile Bread Lame was made. Since the typography was meant to be a kind of self-portrait, Alexia decided to go on a two day baking spree to showcase her passion for bread baking and play with her favorite part of the process: scoring the bread. It was liberating for her to see that once the scoring was done following the letter forms the bread would dictate the final letter form. As you can see below, some of the breads yielded more dramatic letter forms than others.



After baking 26+ loaves of bread, over a period of about 24 hours, it was time to photograph the results to create the poster. Here is a peak into the process: