A vision inspired by Jean Cocteau’s classic La Belle et la Bête bends the conventions of writing instrument design. Golden enamel and traditional Kintsugi technique join fragments of 18th-century woodblock prints, transposed chapters from one of Europe’s greatest love stories. Universal notions of heroism, beauty and forbidden love are personified by the figure of the Beast, cast in vermeil.
Design informed by Ukiyo-e, Kintsugi and Kabuki explores the parallels between western and eastern storytelling. A gleaming shishi figure assumes the protector role of Cocteau’s fabled Beast.
Material and emotional temptation are represented by a golden key. In Cocteau’s tale, Belle must make a choice between love and riches. Purity enabled her to find both.
A dedicated shishi display base and a presentation case in lacquered wood accompany auspicious editions of 222 fountain pens and 99 rollerballs. Design by Tomita Kazuhiko.
Born in Nagasaki and educated at London’s RCA, Tomita Kazuhiko’s doctrine of “2.5-dimensional design” uses Japanese artisanal traditions to elaborate and subvert modern European contexts.
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