Marcel Wanders Designs First Class Tableware For KLM.

marcel wanders dining service for KLM

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has been designing a universe of dynamic, ergonomic, beautiful and practical in-flight tableware for KLM Airlines’ World Business Class dining since 2011 and now has created 40 pieces of cutlery, glassware, porcelain and linen for their dining service available in their Business class.

Marcel Wanders Dining Service For KLM

marcel wanders dining service for KLM
Designer Marcel Wanders with some of his tableware for KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has aligned themselves with some of the world’s best Dutch designers to upgrade to their World Business Class. Fashion designer Jan Taminiau has designed their new men’s and women’s amenity kits, textile and furniture designer Hella Jongerius has modernized the World Business Class cabin interiors of all their Airbus A330s (by the end of 2018, World Business Class throughout KLM’s entire ICA fleet will be fitted with new cabin interiors).

Lastly, product and interior designer Marcel Wanders has created 40 pieces of cutlery, glassware, porcelain and linen for their dining service available in their World Business Class.

The World Business Class service designed by Wanders between 2011 to the present combines eclectic contemporary ideas with inspired surprises. This collection includes a range of porcelain plates and bowls, glassware, cutlery, linen and serving trays with true character.

European tableware by Marcel Wanders for KLM World Business Class
European tableware by Marcel Wanders for KLM World Business Class
Japanese Tableware by Marcel Wanders for KLM World Business Class
Indonesian tableware by Marcel Wanders for KLM World Business Class


The Marcel Wanders designed stirring spoon for KLM is often stolen from the planes

Service as it appears with food:

Marcel Wanders describes the project as follows:
“True vision here is to transform KLM travellers into KLM guests. To realize that premise, a universe of dynamic, ergonomic, beautiful and practical in-flight tableware was created (2011 to the present). The World Business Class service combines eclectic contemporary ideas with inspired surprises. This collection includes a range of porcelain plates and bowls, glassware, cutlery, linen and serving trays with true character. Ceramic bowls feature the Dutch Delft Blue pattern exemplifying connection between the past, present and future. Careful attention to detail, service experience, operational aspects, including production, loading and food preparation, as well as environmental considerations, such as weight reduction, inform every aspect of the design. The collection has been enriched with a Japanese and Indonesian service.”

At some point in time, Marcel actually designed this Airplane trolley for KLM:

Whether or not this is a prototype or was mass produced, I do not know, but it’s for sale here.

Industrial and product designers Julien Bergignat and Lisa Grahner both worked on the design development, 3d work and product design for the range.

Marcel Wanders

images courtesy of Marcel Wanders and KLM

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