Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2008

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Once again, the Pen of the Year focuses on the core feature of the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection: wood in its noblest and most inspiring variations. The idea behind this year’s pen comes from Countess Ottilie’s private salon or drawing-room in the Faber-Castell castle, now over 100 years old, that is panelled in costly East Indies satinwood also known as lemonwood on account of its fragrant scent. And so the name “Lemon Room” came about.

The fin de siecle designers were also interested in the possibilities offered by more abstract forms. One example is the herringbone pattern; it also graces the inlay work of choice pieces of furniture, among them Countess Ottilie’s writing desk. The Pen of the Year 2008 makes clever use of this pattern.

No fewer than 84 Satinwood rectangles are individually hand-made for the filigree herringbone pattern of the Pen of the Year 2008. The numbered edition is crowned by a chessboard-facted citrine gemstone, platinized fittings and an 18-carat bicolour gold nib, carefully run in by hand.

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2008