Rick Powell Pens

After losing and breaking his writing instruments, this designer made one that's difficult to destroy

by Paul Armstrong Rick Powell can’t seem to stop dropping, crushing or misplacing writing instruments as he designs bespoke furniture pieces in his London living room. Instead of simply accepting his fate, Powell took it upon himself to design his own sleek, metal pens that could be kept out of harm’s way using intricate magnetic lids. Each pen takes between two and three hours to …

Caran d’Ache + MB&F’s Astrograph Limited Edition Writing Instrument

A pen that's a mechanical piece of art

Made by creative lab and horological machine-makers MB&F and manufacturers of fine pens, Caran d’Ache (founded in 1915), the new limited edition Astrograph is a striking instrument that’s much more than just a pen. The two Geneva-based brands are known for crafting exquisite and awe-inspiring work, and this is no different. The Astrograph is a space-themed piece which sits proudly on any desk. The slim, …

Compliment Pencil Set

This set of 10 brightly colored pencils—all number two graphite—comes complete with compliments on them, for days when you’re feeling insecure, have a case of writers’ block or just need a little boost. Emblazoned with phrases like, “Yes You Totally Can” and “You’re a Total Champ,” the pencils also have erasers attached—but the positive vibes mean you won’t get too down on yourself if you …