Alatus was designed with the aim of making alternative, long-lasting, and aesthetically sound products. The new black version is coated with ion plating, which makes it more durable, solid, high grade, and aesthetic.
Alatus means “winged” in Latin. Since the top of the chopsticks move like wings while eating, this product has been named Alatus. Various languages—Italian, Greek, Spanish, and French—have been derived from Latin. Similarly, a new product of chopsticks, Alatus, is being manufactured from the viewpoint of spreading awareness with regard to the environment and nature surrounding us, just like these languages that have branched off and been derived from the main language, Latin.
The consumption of disposable wooden chopsticks in Japan is around 25 billion a year, and it has been reported that China is one of the largest exporters of around . The 90% of the chopsticks that are manufactured is China. China produces around 45 billion chopsticks a year, which is equivalent to about 1,660,000 cubic meters, and 18,500 wooden houses.
In addition, the consumption of disposable wooden chopsticks in China has seen an increase, and the Chinese government has imposed tax on all wooden products in a bid to preserve China’s forests and to protect the environment.
Furthermore, recently, chopsticks manufacturers have shifted from wood to the faster-growing bamboo as the main material in chopsticks. However, one drawback of bamboo is that its color changes with the passage of time, and in order to prevent this, large quantities of bleach have to be used. Therefore, it is a rather doubtful substitute for wood in making chopsticks.
It is with this background that Alatus was born in search of an alternative material for disposable chopsticks. In addition, specific care has been taken with regard to the esthetics of the object and its use as a lifelong product.
Titanium is twice as strong as iron, but 60% lighter. Like platinum, it is corrosion-resistant, even in seawater. It does not cause metal allergies nor does it give out any metallic odour. Furthermore, it is 100% recyclable and can be used almost permanently. Needless to say, it can be washed in a dishwasher, and because of the metal’s peculiar characteristics, it does not retain traces of detergent or water after washing. Titianium’s thermal conductivity is low, and it is the most suitable metal for the production of cutlery.
One of the most significant characteristics of titanium chopsticks is that they can stand by themselves, and their head does not touch the table surface. This indicates that the chopstick rests that are normally used for sanitary purposes are no more necessary. In addition, this design has an organic curve that adjusts to the hand. It also has a special characteristic, in that the hand movement becomes more elegant when one intends to use the chopsticks in the standing position.
Ion plating is used to deposit hard coatings of compound materials on tools, adherent metal coatings, optical coatings with high densities, and conformal coatings on complex surfaces. It was also used for the surface of the lunar robot of the Apollo program, I was in the limelight.
There is an interesting description about chopsticks in the book ”Empire of Signs (L’Empire des signes)” by Roland Barthes.
“The grateful work…strikingly beautiful Alatus chopsticks.”
Interior Magazine, August/September 2009 USA
Glamorous Alatus titanium chopsticks now in black http://bit.ly/NjXXz
— JoAnn Locktov (@jolocktov) 2009, 10月 27
“Glamorous Alatus Titanium chopsticks now in black”
Joann Locktov, Design Journalist, 2009 USA
“People should be surprised the beauty if you carry “Alatus” as personal chopsticks.”
SOTOKOTO Magazine July, 2009 Japan