German Design Award for Schott’s Jade reading light


The Jade reading light from Schott has won a German Design Award in the Excellent Product Design – Aviation, Maritime and Railway category. “The reading light stands out with its clear, minimalist design and its intuitive user interface,” the German Design Council jury stated, adding that the product had “a modern and contemporary design that looks refined and promises a pleasant lighting atmosphere in the booth”.

Designed by PriestmanGoode, and benefiting from Schott’s expertise in glass and lighting, Jade was created to bring enhanced haptic and optical aesthetics to aircraft seats. The product has an integrated ambient light and a glass cover, and is designed to be as intuitive to use as a smartphone – and as easy and effective to clean. Modern sensor technology allows passengers to adjust light position and brightness by swiping. The light can be printed with any decor. Schott says the product is CDR-ready and can be certified for all relevant aviation and OEM requirements.

“We feel very honoured that our Jade reading light is recognised for its excellent product design by the German Design Council,” said Philip Fischer, sales director, aviation/automotive, at Schott. “I would like to congratulate the Schott Aviation seat lighting team as well as our design partner PriestmanGoode on this fantastic achievement – a great recognition of our dedicated teamwork.”

“This award is testament to the value of collaboration,” said Ben Rowan, director at PriestmanGoode. “The Jade reading light is the result of a great partnership that has combined Schott’s expertise in specialty glass technology and PriestmanGoode’s expertise in designing user-focused, bespoke products for a wealth of clients in the transport industries. Congratulations to both teams for this great recognition.”

Photo: Schott

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