The ‘New Black’ Pencils
Written by Katie on June 14, 2012. Permalink
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Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by Katie on June 14, 2012. Permalink
Written by Simon on May 7, 2012. Permalink
Sometimes a bit of elegance and simplicity in package design goes a long way. In this case, five pencils are housed in a minimalist cardstock case, and presented beautifully upon opening. Each set includes a variety of five vintage European pencils dating from the early 1940s to the late 1960s. Would make a great gift for any office & art supplies geek.
Purchase Information:Price: $22.00
Written by Simon on February 23, 2012. Permalink
This was a favorite find of mine during a recent visit to Hand Eye Supply. I swear by my trusty Staedler lead holder for fine lines and controlled precision, but I can’t help but want to buy this Wörther Shorty for just the opposite reason; fast sketching and writing with big, fat strokes, compliments of its hefty 3mm soft lead. Available in plastic, natural aluminum, and maple. Prices range from $15 – $35 depending on material. Comes with two spare leads.
Purchase Information:Price: $14.00
Written by Katie on December 13, 2011. Permalink
Travelteq just added this Pencil Holder to their shop and it sure looks like a nice way to store your pencils, color or otherwise. Handmade from Florentine Vacchetta leather, it certainly has a Patrician flair, especially compared to what you’d find at a student art shop, and I’d be willing to bet it’ll stay intact after years of use. It fits 19 pencils; color pencils from Bruynzeel included.
Purchase Information:Price: €65.00
Written by Katie on December 12, 2011. Permalink
‘Mechanical writing instrument’ sounds a bit technical, yet that’s the best way to describe this combined ballpoint, mechanical pencil, and eraser. Switch between the three by pushing the clip- it’s that simple. If you’re wanting to minimize your belongings in your bag or on your desk, this could definitely help you on your way. From Japanese design house Metaphys.
Purchase Information:Price: $86.00
Written by Katie on December 1, 2011. Permalink
Now, why has this not popped up on the collective radar before now? It’s a magnetic pencil with no varnish (cedar wood, eco friendly), so you can keep it handy on the nearest metal surface. It’s also worth noting that paperclips and other paraphernalia might stick to it, depending on the magnet’s strength.
Purchase Information:Price: $5.99
Written by Katie on November 17, 2011. Permalink
Say goodbye to throwing away pens. This pen has a jumbo ink cartridge inside, ensuring that you can write about 1.7 meters a day for seven years. Pretty decent timeline, no? And it’s good to know that you’re not contributing to the whopping 100 million pens discarded every day. Now you just need to not lose it.
Purchase Information:Price: $7.50
Written by Katie on November 8, 2011. Permalink
Seeing as you cannot (and should not) carry around a real Magic 8 Ball in your pocket, briefcase, or purse, this pen will get you out of those moments of indecision with just a click. Need I stress that this pen is $7, and your hopes should not be too high as to the quality or longevity? If you’re in holiday shopping mode, make note: stocking stuffer.
The pen’s sayings:
Not For A Million Dollars; Dude, No Way; Hell Yeah! If You’re Lucky; It’s Unclear, Ask Again; Without A Doubt.
Purchase Information:Price: $7.00
Written by Simon on September 29, 2011. Permalink
Highlight those presentation notes without bleeding through the page, and minus the fumes. The Eco Highighter Yellow is a dry alternative to highlighter markers. I have a feeling a plain yellow colored pencil would work too, but this one does have eco-cred; it uses no ink solvents, no volatile organic compounds, and is fully biodegradable.
Written by Katie on July 12, 2011. Permalink
Artist and designer Dino Snachez created this series of pencils as a reminder that “technology has displaced our use of a basic, steadfast tool of craft.” Apparently New Yorkers will soon find them throughout the city (especially Apple stores), as they’re meant to be taken and used by the public.
Sold as a set of 10 pencils.
Purchase Information:Price: $18.00
Written by Katie on June 20, 2011. Permalink
I’m a little remiss in posting this after the official launch, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Poppin is a new online shop offering great office supplies for pretty decent prices. I’ve had them bookmarked for weeks and now it seems all their products are available to purchase (their website is still in beta, though, so be kind). Whether you’d like an overhaul of your desk supplies or just a few odds and ends, their site is chock full of colorful office essentials (along with the requisite black and white pieces, of course).
Purchase Information:Price: $2.00 and up
Written by kris & katie on December 16, 2010. Permalink
Here’s a set of 36 colored pencils perfect for your favorite creative-type.
New design Japanese collective IDEA Idea partnered with an old school German art supply firm to create Düller. The mission: Combining Japanese notions of harmony with the German penchant for methodology. There’s parallel symmetry in the same-sized pencil box and sketchbook, and the box and book cover are made from recycled paper (harmony with Mother Earth!). Perfect for the artist or architect or design-loving doodler. The paper is specially crafted for colored pencils. There are 36 colors in this pencil box: red, orange, pink, light blue, white, yellow, yellow-green, green, purple, blue, black, brown, carnelian, vermilion, grey, pale orange, chrome yellow, ultramarine, deep green, Van Dyke brown, magenta, gold, silver, Prussian blue, rose red, sky blue, lemon yellow, emerald green, mandarin orange, wisteria violet, lilac, olive green, peacock blue, leaf green and reddish brown.
Purchase Information:Price: $66.00
Written by Katie on November 22, 2010. Permalink
Written by Katie on November 18, 2010. Permalink
Luxury pens and fancy mechanical pencils? Pffft. Kick it old school style with this pencil designed by Conrad Gessner over 400 years ago. Did you get that, 400 years ago? It’s hand-made from turned cherry wood and will set you back a mere £21.
Purchase Information:Price: £21.00
Written by Katie on September 29, 2010. Permalink
What frivolity is this, you say? It’s a Bic pen with a real ostrich or goose feather, perfect for those times when you need a bit of over-the-top flourish in signing important documents (mortgage, birth, divorce papers, etc.)…
Purchase Information:Price: $65.00