Pencils are an essential tool for most designers. We doodle with them all the time, even when doing other things then design (like talking on the phone or being in a meeting). We pick them carefully, choose those who fit our style and work method, take good care of them until they become unusable.
Another favourite staple of mine: chocolate! I cannot imagine living without it, it is one of the things I always have in my house and love giving it as a gift to friends and loved ones.
So imagine my surprise at finding something that combines these seemingly totally irrelevant things into one: chocolate pencils.
These are the brainchild of Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato and the famous japanese patissiere Tsujiguchi Hironobu, the man behind Tokyo's dessert shops Mont St. Claire and Le Chocolat de H. He created a new dessert based on his impression of Nendo after conversations with Oki Sato and his team, so then they designed new tableware for Hironobu. The concept was to have the plates show off the beauty of meals and desserts like a painting on a canvas.
Based on this idea, the "chocolate pencils" come in a number of cocoa blends that vary in intensity, and chocoholics can use the special "pencil sharpener" that comes with the plate to grate chocolate onto their dessert. Pencil filings are usually the unwanted remains of sharpening a pencil, but in this case, they're the star!
photos by H-STYLE/FG-MUSASHI
via The Style Files