Japan Airlines’ award winning chopsticks

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies a Good Design Award 2008, under the Tabletop category, for the elegant aesthetics and ergonomic design of the chopsticks used in JAL First Class.

Satoshi Nakagawa, Kaori Takehashi, Ikumi Kaneko, and Hironi Kobayashi of Tripod Design Co., Ltd. are the designers. Omedetou gozaimasu to the team at Tripod, and JAL.

Made of cedar wood, the smooth surfaced chopsticks have slightly been narrowed towards their upper ends to make them easier and more comfortable to grip especially for elderly passengers, and infrequent users of chopsticks.

From an environmental perspective, as with all chopsticks used on-board JAL, the award-wining chopsticks have been made with wood obtained in Japan from forest-thinning to supports forest conservation efforts.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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