Japanese bento and the IBM ThinkPad

Posted on March 12, 2008


This is a cross-post from my entry in http://www.Japinoy.com ^__^ For more Japan-related trivia, visit http://www.Japinoy.com

Did you know that the IBM ThinkPad design was inspired from the Japanese traditional bento?

According to Wikipedia, the original design was a collaboration between Tom Hardy, corporate manager of the IBM Design Program, Italian-based designer Richard Sapper (noted then for the design of the Tizio lamp and later commissioned to design a ballpoint for Lamy) and Kazuhiko Yamazaki, lead notebook designer at IBM’s Yamato Design Center in Japan. Sapper proposed a design inspired by the Shōkadō bentō, a traditional black-lacquered Japanese lunch box.

Truly, the beauty of Japanese tradition never fails to inspire. ^_^

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