“Will the touch-screen generation ever feel the pleasure of a freshly sharpened pencil or the frustration of a shattered lead?” This is the question posed by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, a product designer and photographer duo, whose exhibition “The Secret Life of the Pencil” takes a beautiful, in-depth look at one of man’s simplest utensils. Now on view at Paul Smith’s London flagship — accompanied by a special window display — the series of prints takes pencils personally owned by worldly creatives and magnifies them in beautiful prints.

The likes of Tom Dixon, Stephen Fry, William Boyd, Peter Saville, David Bailey, Anish Kapoor, and of course, Paul Smith, are seen showing off their beloved writing (or drawing) tools. James Dyson‘s dissected mechanical pencil particularly stands out as a true testament to his character, one that values precision and technical innovation.

The original prints are currently on auction and their proceeds will support Children in Crisis, a charity committed to providing education to children in conflict zones. More affordable, limited-edition prints will also be on sale at the Paul Smith store exhibit and online, which will also support the charity. The exhibit is on view through June 3.

  • Source: Wallpaper
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