Amalgamated by Tuomas Markunpoika

I saw this on dezeen the other day and I just had to share it.


Tuomas Markunpoika has made vases by gluing pencils together into blocks and then turning the blocks on a lathe to create the vase shape.

This video explains it slightly better than I do though:

Pretty amazing eh?

I particularly like it when you can really see the pencil detail.


And it’s a collaboration with good ol’ Faber Castell.

As it says on Tuomas’s website:
““Amalgamated” is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil as an object seems to go unnoticed if utilised only for their primary purpose. “Amalgamated” is a visual and tactile investigation by using pencils as a raw material. This holistic principle has been the fundament for creating this set of vases; let the pencils become a thing themselves.”

So there you go.

All video/Images courtesy of markunpoika.com

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Pensée Sticky Note Roll

A colleague left something on my desk last week with a note on it and I practically chased her down the corridor to find out what this amazing post-it thing was! She showed me, and told me she got it in Paris, so of course I saw that as a challenge to get my hands on one myself…

So, may I present, the Pensée roll, by Marks Inc.:

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It is, essentially, one long sticky note, on a tape dispenser, so you can tear off as much as you need and stick on to whatever you want. It comes in yellow and blue.

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And to make it even better – they have grid squares!

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I found it them Fred Aldous for £5.75 each.

I hadn’t heard of Marks Inc. before, but surprise surprise, like most great stationery things, they’re Japanese.  It seems like they have an enormous catalogue of products, and Pensée is just one of their ranges. I think there must be some sort of French affiliation with the company, but their website is a little confusing/in Japanese so I’m finding it difficult to work out. Either way, I’m glad I know about them now.

Pensée translates as “thought” and the writing on the dispenser seems to say “man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed” or something to that effect. So… errr… yeah…!

WANT LIST: Le Pen

When we were in NYC I remember being handed one of these pens to sign for the bill in a restaurant. I’d never heard of it before and made a mental note. It’s a simple design but it wrote really well and had a very fine tip (I do like a fine tip).

I only just remembered now and looked them up.

They’re made by Marvy Uchida, an American company, and as I’m learning, they don’t ship internationally, and nor do they seem to have any UK stockists.

However, just to prove how bad I am at this “wanting” thing, I may have ordered some on US eBay. Oops! So, I won’t go into too much detail on them now and will do a proper post when they arrive. I’ll be wanting them for a little while at least…

Rifle Paper Co.’s New Website

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Pretty dreamy isn’t it? I love the redesign and going on the site is very dangerous as I want EVERYTHING! How that they even made a boring old legal pad look desirable?!

I just a quick look look through the new pages and these are my top picks:

Certificate of Awesome $4.50

Passport notebook, set of two, $10

Legal Notepad, $8

City Toile Wrapping Paper, 3 sheets, $8.50

I Pine For You Card, $4.50

This last one is mainly because I’m currently in the middle of a fairly intense addiction to Pineapple…

Anyway, nice one Rifle Paper Co! As usual, all your stuff is GORGEOUS.

Great Ideas #2: MUJI Erasable Pen

So here’s one of my pencil case staples, MUJI’s erasable Pen, £2.50:

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As you can see, it’s 0.5mm. And the rubber is in the tip of the lid.

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How does it work? Nobody knows… Ok, that’s a lie. According to MUJI’s website: “The frictional heat generated by the eraser at the end of the pen erases the ink immediately” so there you go. But I prefer to think it’s magic.

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And here it in in action (sorry for the different lighting, I took these later). It erases well, as you can see. You can still see it a bit on the paper, but no more than you would if you were using a pencil.

So why is it better than using a pencil, I hear you ask? Well, it’s not that different I suppose but a few of the things I can think of are:

  • It doesn’t wear down and you don’t have to sharpen it, so it’s a good one to keep in your bag
  • It doesn’t smudge like a pencil would
  • Personally, I use them most for knitting patterns. This is because patterns are usually printed on shiny paper, which you can’t write on with pencil. This pen allows you to tick off where you’ve got to, but then rub it out when you’re finished so the pattern is good as new!

So there you go, this is definitely one of my top products. I know there are plenty of other erasable pens out there but MUJI just somehow make it cooler than the rest.

New Brand Find: Lovely Pigeon

I think the first time I saw Lovely Pigeon‘s notebooks was in Smug, but I didn’t know who they were by. It was only once I discovered their Instagram that I found out what their name is, and that the Scottish company make lots of lovely stuff!

Their trademark look is copper foil in geometric shapes:



The notebooks are £4.



And the cards are £2. Pretty nice eh?

Also, I feel strangely like I absolutely NEED this copper tape:

Which is £4.50.

They also have jewellery, screenprints and some really nice vintage homewares on sale on their site.

I’ll be watching this brand closely!

WANT LIST: Smythson Pocket Notebook

I’m starting a new series, the WANT LIST. My problem at the moment is that I keep buying all the stationery things I want, rather than just covet them. So in the interest of not being bankrupt, I will be posting about lovely things I have seen but don’t necessarily NEED to own.

So, my first one is a Smythson Pocket Notebook:

I walked home today (4 miles in a very tight pencil skirt, in 25 degrees…), through London City, with it’s luxury shops, and it was the Smythson shop caught my eye.

Their pocket notebooks really are a thing of simplistic beauty, with their leather covers and lightweight paper.

Some of them have embossed titles, such as ‘Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads’, ‘Dare to Dream’, and ‘The Boss’, but I prefer to keep it simple, either plain, or ‘Notes’ are the classiest ones I think.

Anyway, after seeing the price – £45!!!!! – I think this’ll be staying firmly on the ‘want’ list. I can’t ever imagine thinking anything I had to write down is quite that important!

What stationery items are on your want list?