500 Pencils.

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When I was young my most coveted possession was a set of 72 Derwent coloured pencils. They were at the top of my wish list for a number of Christmases and birthdays until finally that longed for tin was in front of me. Those pencils provided me many, many happy hours of drawing and to this day I can still remember my favourites (notably ‘Crimson Lake’).

So if 72 colours rocked my nine year old world I think it would be safe to say that 500 colours would have blown it away. From Social Designer comes a set of 500 coloured pencils, “the only set in the world that matches the span and wonder of human creativity.”

Working on the premise, “What would one color be without 499 others?” the designers have given each coloured pencil an inspired name and the names really are magnificent – Drizzly Afternoon, Mermaid’s Gown, Snowpea, Tragedy and Giraffe. For example, there are 25 ‘white’ pencils in the collection ranging from the crisp ‘Icicle’ white to the creamy ‘Cashmere’ to hints of grey undertones with ‘Autumn Fog’.

All good things come to those that wait! Social Designer recognizes that people are drawn to certain colours and have favourites, therefore the pencils are delivered in sets of 25 over the course of 20 months, giving you time to enjoy the colours.

As noted on their site, a subscription to 500 Pencils is dramatic, a time-release of colour. Displaying the collections is a hobby unto itself with numerous display cases available, including wall mounted acrylic frames that make the pencils themselves artwork.

A subscription costs US$33 per month. Pencils are shipped from Japan.

Via Coochicoos.

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10 Comments

  1. OMG I so coveted the Derwents too! They were just THE best!!

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  2. I know, me too! I still have my set of 72 Derwenst which I am not giving to the kids just yet.

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  3. OMG…. I had a set of 24 and longed for the 72 never was so lucky. I used my derwents like water during level 5 restrictions ;). I am so into this link thanx heaps!

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  4. Well I passed my 72 set on to my 7 year old daughter and she looooves them (it’s a liitle sad to see them being used up though!)

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  5. I too finally got the tin set of 72 in grade 6 (1985) and was not allowed and didn’t want to take to school as they would get lost. Ahhh the memories you have just bought back really good ones!

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  6. I had to wait until I was 10yo before I could get my 72 Derwents – I felt so mature when I got them. ‘Crimson Lake’ was my favourite too. But I always used to keep them in colour order and if they got out of order accidentally I would happily spend much time putting them back in the tin. Imagine doing that with 500 pencils!

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  7. I would happily spend much time putting them back in the tin. Imagine doing that with 500 pencils!

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  8. Wow!!! I want those pencils!! The largest amount of stationary I’ve ever had was 100 textas! I would so love these. I bet that when I got them the first thing that I would do would be to take them out of order and put them back together again!!

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  9. I just want to know how one goes about getting this fantastic set and what the cost would be? I am sure countless others wanr these questions answered too.

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  10. Hi Elaine, so sorry but I can’t find where to buy. This editorial is almost a year old but you could try contacting Social Designer: http://socialdesigner.com/

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