amalgamated pencils form vases by studio markunpoika
‘pencils are utilized when giving form to our thoughts, illustrating our wishes and ideas. they are inseparably fused with craft and arts, representing diverse relationships between artist and their creations. pencils are extensions of our minds which enable us to transmit information through different mediums and time, collecting knowledge and creating it.’
tuomas markunpoika glues the facets of pencils together to form a mass which he then machine turns and lathes into shape
with this thought in mind, studio markunpoika (tuomas markun poika) has developed a series of vessels that explore the relationship of the mass produced tool and its individual purpose. mundane in its existence, the finnish-born creative has decided to bring attention to the pencil through ‘amalgamated’, a series of vessels which take the everyday object and present in a new light. using the writing utensil as a raw material markunpoika takes advantage of their hexagonal shape by gluing their faceted surfaces together to form a solid block. he then machine lathes and turns the mass to create each container’s shape, unveiling different patterns of the inner structure, while revealing the beauty of the pencil through the resulting unique limited edition designs.
detail of the lathed down pencils
‘amalgamated’ is available in three different shapes – 30 cm tall (edition of 30) and 45 cm tall (edition of 18) – and a range of color options. produced in collaboration with gallery FUMI and faber-castell, ‘amalgamated’ is on show at design miami/basel 2014.
an even pattern of dots is formed by the colored pencils
each vessel is unique in its patterning
detail of how the faceted sides of the pencils are glued together