500 Pencils.

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.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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