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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Flea Market Finds #3: Wooden & Brass Extension Rule

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The last item I bought from Williamsburg Flea Market was this wooden and brass extension rule, which I got for $4. There were quite a few of these in the market, so they can’t be that rare, but this was the only one I saw with a brass inlay, and I really liked that detail.

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From what I can tell, it is a carpenter’s rule (I suppose strictly speaking that doesn’t make it stationery, but forgive me…), I guess from before tape measures, so that they could easily carry around their measuring tool. It’s 72 inches, which puzzled me for a while, and then I realised that is 2 yards.

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I suppose there isn’t a huge amount else to say about this item, except that it looks nice, and you can make fun shapes with it…
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