“Sometimes I imagine colours as if they were living ideas, being of pure reason with which to communicate,” French painter Paul Cézanne once said. With its subtle design, this set of coloured pencils offers itself as a special frame for experiencing an outstanding range of colours. The set comprises 500 tints, tones, shades and hues, which in their entirety form a fascinating, visually appealing wall of colours. The pencils are traditionally crafted in the districts of Arakawa and Katsushika in eastern Tokyo. The wooden square body of the pencils is made with refined precision and love for detail. They boast a surface that is pleasant to the touch, well-balanced and therefore easy to hold, much like Japanese Hashi chopsticks. The foil-stamped matte pencils feature high-quality smooth-gliding 3.5 mm thick leads. The subtle and delicate colour gradations of this set are also an expression of local craftsmanship as they are created based on sophisticated colour-blending techniques. For a good overview, the entire set of 500 coloured pencils is divided into 25 different palettes. These refer to the distinctive characters of the colours with thematic names such as “Autumn”, “Love”, “Serenity” and “Urban”, as well as specialty colours such as fluorescent, metallic and pastel.
Statement by the Jury
This collection of coloured pencils showcases outstanding precision in terms of workmanship and in the number and gradation of available hues. The individual pencils feel soft and pleasant to the touch, rest ergonomically in the hand and thus support free-flowing, fatigue-free work. In keeping with its functionality and aesthetically designed packaging, this collection conveys a strong sense of high quality.
FELISSIMO Inc., Kobe, Japan
Los Angeles, USA
Poppie Pack, Sydney, Australia