One of the first things we noticed when looking at our customer’s workspaces was that there were so many pens, but none that matched the aesthetic of the desk and looked like they belonged there.
We had to understand that it’s okay to not be everything all at once. Every decision has tradeoffs to consider, and we have to make decisions based on providing the most value we possibly can.
After our initial forays into a fully custom mechanisms, we had to choose between a click and a twist. The click method is more common, but we were drawn towards the twist as a reference to more classic desk pens. It is a really intentional action, and it fit into our entire workspace philosophy.
All of our desk products are designed to make your workspace more intentional. The twist mechanism in the pen really mirrored that concept.
“It ‘pops’ into place when you twist it open and closed. We weren’t expecting it at all, and it’s really satisfying.”
After finalizing the design of the pen itself, we realized that we needed a home for it on the desk—a pen stand. We established the design principles for the pen stand: it needed to be heavy, to stay put. It needed to hold the pen gently and securely. And it needed to complement both the pen and the desk collection. Sean worked in full scale models to consider various material combinations. Eventually, we settled on a hefty, solid metal base complemented by a wood cap, in walnut or maple. The wood creates a contrast with the all-metal pen, and makes a natural connection with the rest of our desk collection. We included a cut out in the metal lip, so that you can rest the pen both horizontally and vertically.