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Tuomas Markunpoika Pencil Vases

A pretty amazing use of pencils

Tuomas Markunpoika Pencil Vases. These vases sum up good design to me. Not only do they look amazing, they’re the result of an innovative idea and process. Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika makes them using leaded pencils glued into a block and machined like a regular piece of wood.

The hexagonal pencils tessellate, so when the vase is tooled it reveals streaks of the pencil’s leaded interiors and coloured exteriors. They’ve come down in price recently and I’d love to own one. I’m sure you could claim the collection as stationary for tax purposes …