The Pen Zone: Celebrating The Year of the Monkey

Caran d’Ache Year of the Monkey Pen

On the 8th of February, China and the numerous Chinese communities from across the world celebrated the beginning of the Year of Monkey. Alongside of this it has become a well-established practice for renowned brands to release Chinese Zodiac themed models each year. A quick money-making scheme, some say, aimed at milking the nouveau riche of the Far East. But is it? Some have called the phenomenon a ‘cultural appropriation’ (or misappropriation?) but others see it more as ‘cultural appreciation’.

The Pen Zone: Montblanc Figurado Creation Privée

Montblanc Figurando Creation Privé

Imagine if you will for a moment a Rolex with a case made from real tobacco leaves. Seems crazy, right? And yet this is exactly what Montblanc – often referred to as Rolex’s alter ego in the pen world – has done. Called the Figurado Creation Privée, this new pen takes the concept of customisation to a whole new level.

In Conversation With Giuliano Mazzuoli, Watch and Pen Creator

Giuliano Mazzuoli

Giuliano Mazzuoli is an Italian product designer, who first made a name for himself as a typographer and later as designer of pens. Since 2005, he has been focusing increasingly on watches. His works are familiar yet original. A coffee pot, a pressure gauge, a gear. Domestic objects, tools and parts, one would typically find in a garage. The genius lays in elevating the object above the utilitarian and reinterpreting it in surprising way.