Ai & Om Knives, Vancouver

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Ai & Om Knives, Vancouver

Sharp focus: an on-point aesthetic for a craft-minded Vancouver store that puts its blades centre-stage...

Working in professional kitchens for over 13 years, Vancouver-based chef Douglas Chang knows a thing or two about knives. Fired by a growing passion for quality tools, he opened Ai & Om Knives earlier this year.

Ai & Om Knives Vancouver, Douglas Chang Knife Shop Chinatown

Translating as ‘Love & Care’, the shop sells a collection of implements — knives, axes, chisels and planes — that hail from small production blacksmiths, primarily of Japanese origin; like Takeda, Konosuke, Akifusa and Nenohi. Directly sourced from Japan, Chang oversees a commitment that ensures Ai & Om Knives work solely with family-run shops where craft has been passed down through the generations.

Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown area, the storefront compliments neighbouring stores — something Scott & Scott Architects (who we’ve previously seen at spots like Torafuku and Mister) took into consideration when designing the airy space. Measuring slightly over 900 sq ft, the knives take centre-stage; housed within a system of cases designed to both display and store their select inventory. With a modest budget to work with, Scott & Scott stripped back the building, made use of existing materials, and added shelving and display cases that compliment the products’ sharp aesthetic.

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Ai & Om Knives Vancouver
Scott & Scott Architects
Douglas Chang Knives
Ai & Om Knives Vancouver
Scott & Scott Architects
Douglas Chang Knives
Ai & Om Knives Vancouver
Scott & Scott Architects
Douglas Chang Knives
Ai & Om Knives Vancouver
Scott & Scott Architects
Douglas Chang Knives

Photography, Scott and Scott Architects / Alana Paterson

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