August 2 2017  |  Tableware & Serveware

Qantas unveils new tableware line designed by David Caon

By Rick Lundstrom

Neil Perry signature cloud plate canapé dish zucchini flowers with goats cheese filling watercress tarragon and tomato vinaigrette

Qantas last month unveiled a new range of inflight tableware by David Caon, Australian industrial designer and lead designer of the airline’s 787 Dreamliner cabin. The range includes pieces by Noritake, cutlery and glassware.

Caon has designed new tableware that is modern, lightweight and practical for passengers dining in First, Business and Premium Economy and the Qantas lounge network.The 16-piece set crafted from fine bone china in five-piece brush and stainless steel cutlery.

Qantas said Caon’s objective when designing the new tableware was to combine minimal, classic elegance with quality and functionality and work well with creations from the airline’s culinary consultant, Neil Perry.

“There is a fine balance between finding ingenious ways of making a product lighter and compromising its utility or quality,” said Caon.

“We’ve taken key design cues from the 787 interiors as our inspiration for the tableware. Straight lines were minimized in the design with the same 800mm curve applied to each object in a way to soften and humanize. This organically geometric aesthetic lends continuity of design across the range and to the aircraft,” he added.

Qantas Group Executive Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said the 787 Dreamliner had given Qantas the opportunity to re-design the entire travel experience.

“We have considered everything from cabin lighting, revolutionary new seats and scientific studies to reduce jetlag. We’re now pleased to be bringing together our expert in food and wine with our expert in design to modernize the in-flight dining experience and make it even more special,” she said.

“Aside from aesthetics and functionality, we also tasked David to help minimize our carbon footprint by reducing the weight of the new range by eleven percent, resulting in an annual saving of up to 535,000 kilograms in fuel.”

The range of crockery, cutlery and glassware will be used inflight in International First, Business and Premium Economy, Domestic Business as well as the First and Business Lounges, and Qantas Clubs. The range will be on board Qantas flights from the first 787 Dreamliner service from Melbourne to Los Angeles on December 15, and will progressively roll out to the remainder of the Qantas fleet.

For more information on the new line of tableware can be found here.

David Caon founded his studio in Sydney in 2009, having worked in Milan and Paris where he designed alongside fellow Australian Marc Newson, for clients including Dom Pérignon, Samsonite and Qantas – when he was part of the team who created the interiors of the airline’s A380.

Caon was also responsible for the refurbishment of the airline’s fleet of Boeing 717s and Boeing 737s, as well as the design of Qantas’ International lounges in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Most Recently, has has been commissioned to lead the design of the 787 Dreamliner cabin interiors including Business, Premium Economy and Economy seats. The Dreamliner cabin interiors are a progression of the Qantas aesthetic established by Marc Newson.

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