Rock, Paper, Scissors

Ok, there’s no Rock… Or Paper… But this post is all about Scissors!

Maybe this is strange but I think there’s something really beautiful about scissors. Plus they are incredibly useful. I’ve just scoured my favourite websites for the best ones I could find. In fact, these are all so good, I need to seriously up my own scissor game.

Phi Scissors by Hay, £27.50, from Haus

Brass Scissors by Hay, £10, from Present & Correct

Clear & Copper Scissors, £15.50 from Pentreath & Hall

Steel Scissors, £13.75 from Smug

Heavy Duty Paper Scissors, £18.50 from Labour & Wait

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Hermès Nautilus Pen

I’ve been squirrelling away, getting my new blog ready to go,  but have just squeezed in time to share this Hermès Nautilus Pen, which I saw on Dezeen.

Hermès have teamed up with Japanese pen gurus, Pilot and Australian designer Marc Newson to launch the first item in their upcoming stationery line.

It’s a capless, retractable fountain pen, made of aluminium and stainless steel. It has a rhodium-plated white gold nib, and will come in 6 nib widths.

The idea is that it looks very simple from the outside, but is hiding a very complex mechanism that allows the nib to be retracted by twisting.

Now, if I’m completely honest, I don’t really like the way it looks, I think it’s kind of bulky and not very sophisticated. However, I do think it’s a positive thing that luxury fashion brands and famous designers are concentrating on stationery.

Anyway, I’m probably not the demographic they’re trying to impress as it’ll be retailing at about £1000, so…

 

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