While Finland might not be the first place you would expect the neatest and newest chopstick design to come from, come from it has.
Lincoln Kayiwa, a designer who graduated as a Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH in 2007, has started the product design company KAYIWA – an apparent epitome of novelty, aesthetics, functionality and environmental friendliness.
The first creation of Kayiwa? The TUKAANI, which is Finnish for toucan bird series. Strange name for an eating utensil, I know. Glancing at the product photos though, you’ll see why.
From their promotional email:
"The sterling silver TUKAANI is a hand made eating device for oriental food consumers in the West. It may be held as traditional chopsticks. But unlike the disposable wooden chopsticks, TUKAANI is both machine and hand washable and much easier to set on – and use at table. The matt surface and taut movement allow steady grip in the hand. The curl at the end of the TUKAANI provides eased food picking and delivery to the mouth. The loop also allows easier hanging, storage and display."