The writing project. A liaison between our thoughts and a piece of paper.

The writing project. A liaison between our thoughts and a piece of paper.

one body, many functions

99% pencil

determinedly pocket!

The latest amazing project by Achille Castiglioni.

In 2001 Achille Castiglioni together with his friend and colleague Arch. Gianfranco Cavaglià deals with the significance of the ‘handgrip’. Together they design a set of pens and pencils of which some wooden prototypes were made and then kept and treasured to date in the archive of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation. Their purpose was to enhance and recall the attention to the importance of a pencil as an ordinary daily instrument and as a means of expressing ideas and thoughts.

"...The missing was felt..."
“di” Achille Castiglioni (G. Cavaglià)

Castiglioni and Cavaglià paper drawings convey a clear conceptual will that the Team EGO interpreted with his intuitions and his technical expertise.

Everything starts from the pencil...

Graphene is a material obtained in laboratories from the exfoliation of graphite and consists of a monoatomic carbon layer, organized according to a crystalline structure with hexagonal cells. Its very small thickness of 0.3 nanometers allows it to be defined as a two-dimensional material. It has the theoretical strength of diamond and the flexibility of plastic. Flexible, thin, durable, transparent, waterproof and sustainable, graphene is the material of the new millennium with ancient roots, the graphite, that sink into our daily lives, the pencil.

If you can dream it you can print it!

In additive manufacturing, starting from an empty space, the machine does deposit material only where it is needed, layer by layer, until the complete projected piece is made. In this type of processing, the search for right materials is fundamental. Innovative and above all biodegradable plastic polymers are used for 3D printing. In Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing, polymers are produced in the form of filaments.

"If you’re not curious, forget it"
(A. Castiglioni)

CENTO3.E

A BODY, MANY FUNCTIONS

Multifunction construction pencil or Art pencil made with graphene

CENTO3.G

DETERMINEDLY POCKET!

Pocket fountain pen made with graphene filaments

CENTO3.O

99% PENCIL

Mechanical pencil made with graphene filaments

"Naming objects: an act of design" 
(A. Castiglioni)

3, le dita che impugnano la matita
3, gli archi che rendono lo strumento a forma trilobata
3, gli utensili progettati e le tipologie di scrittura
3, i partner nel progetto: A. Castiglioni, G. Cavaglià, il Team EGO
3, le generazioni coinvolte nella realizzazione del progetto
Logo CENTO3

CENTO3 are the years from the birth of Achille Castiglioni (1918) to the realization and presentation to the public of the writing project of the two architects Castiglioni and Cavaglià (2021).

WHY

HOW

WHEN

The Masters together design a set of pencils and pens and create various prototypes made of wood by Pier Luigi Ghianda's workshop, kept to date in the archive of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation. Their goal is to enhance and draw attention to the importance of a pencil as a daily tool and as a means of expressing ideas and thoughts. 

The progressive abandonment of manual writing and the consequent abandonment of calligraphy as an expression of the character and peculiarity of the personality of the writer, implies a decay of sociality and aesthetic creativity. 

And then... what could be more intimate, introspective and functional than the use of pencil and pen?

WHY

HOW

WHEN

The Masters together design a set of pencils and pens and create various prototypes made of wood by Pier Luigi Ghianda's workshop, kept to date in the archive of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation. Their goal is to enhance and draw attention to the importance of a pencil as a daily tool and as a means of expressing ideas and thoughts. 

The progressive abandonment of manual writing and the consequent abandonment of calligraphy as an expression of the character and peculiarity of the personality of the writer, implies a decay of sociality and aesthetic creativity. 

And then... what could be more intimate, introspective and functional than the use of pencil and pen?

MORE CAN BE DONE

The trilobate shape

The unique shape is neat in its design, although complex to be made on the artifact, ergonomic and suitable to be contested by the three fingers. 

It allows the writing object not to slip on the table like other circular section pens and "this aspect seemed to us of some interest", Cavaglià recalls smiling.

Tools that propose a new and particular behavior: touch and use become a very particular way of expression and at the same time create an ideal combination between design and user.

"The street, the cinema, the TV: that's where you learn to critically observe the obvious gestures, the conformist attitudes, the obvious forms.
To find out that more can be done."

(A.Castiglioni) 

Si può fare altro

The trilobate shape

The unique shape is neat in its design, although complex to be made on the artifact, ergonomic and suitable to be contested by the three fingers. 

It allows the writing object not to slip on the table like other circular section pens and "this aspect seemed to us of some interest", Cavaglià recalls smiling.

Tools that propose a new and particular behavior: touch and use become a very particular way of expression and at the same time create an ideal combination between design and user.

"The street, the cinema, the TV: that's where you learn to critically observe the obvious gestures, the conformist attitudes, the obvious forms.
To find out that more can be done."

(A.Castiglioni) 

GRAPHENE

One only atom thick: the thinnest and most seductive substance in the world.

In the challenge of the CENTO3 project and in the desire to propose a new material also for the world of writing, team EGO considered quite interesting completing the common denominator of the writing concept by using writing itself as main material: a pencil made of pencil, or graphene. With only one atom thick, graphene is today the thinnest and most seductive substance in the world. In normal conditions it also has excellent mechanical properties and resistance to chemical agents. Besides, the PLA filament (Polylactic Acid), under certain conditions, becomes biodegradable. Depending on the environments in which it is abandoned it has an average life range from 1 to 4 years, against the +100 of plastics of common use.

GRAPHENE

One only atom thick: the thinnest and most seductive substance in the world.

In the challenge of the CENTO3 project and in the desire to propose a new material also for the world of writing, team EGO considered quite interesting completing the common denominator of the writing concept by using writing itself as main material: a pencil made of pencil, or graphene. With only one atom thick, graphene is today the thinnest and most seductive substance in the world. In normal conditions it also has excellent mechanical properties and resistance to chemical agents. Besides, the PLA filament (Polylactic Acid), under certain conditions, becomes biodegradable. Depending on the environments in which it is abandoned it has an average life range from 1 to 4 years, against the +100 of plastics of common use.

TREASURE YOUR SCAR

The junction line along the body of the object certifies the slowness and production precision of each piece, enhancing the value of time and the quality of three-dimensional printing production. Each artifact becomes even more valuable thanks to its own mark, like a scar, unrepeatable and unique for the texture obtained from the processing of the graphene filament, for its tactile pleasantness and for the natural finishing color of graphene.

"One has to be proud of his scars.”
(P. Coelho)

Lo schizzo è istinto ed immediatezza per sua stessa natura. Tende a risolvere l’oggetto nella sua totalità, eliminando ogni complessità al contorno, “in una sola bozza del tutto”.

Prendere in mano una stilografica è come Riprendere in mano l’essere io, vivere il presente e rifiutare la routine e la velocità della vita di tutti i giorni. Un Formidabile strumento di esplorazione e conoscenza.

Ogni strumento da disegno ha la propria natura essenziale: un insostituibile strumento per la progettazione. Uno strumento di inclusione e di creatività intuitiva.

IT'S TIME TO CHOOSE!

CENTO.E - Art pencil

IT'S TIME TO CHOOSE!

CENTO.E - Art pencil

TAKE IT WHERE YOU WOULDN'T TAKE A PEN...

CENTO3.G Pocket fountain pen

TAKE IT WHERE YOU WOULDN'T TAKE A PEN...

CENTO3.G Pocket fountain pen

DON'T WE HAVE A PENCIL?

CENTO3.O - Mechanical pencil

DON'T WE HAVE A PENCIL?

CENTO3.O - Mechanical pencil

A DIP IN WHITE

Soft touch and essentiality to enhance the shapes, the natural color of graphene, and the knurled texture of the pen.

A DIP IN WHITE

Soft touch and essentiality to enhance the shapes, the natural color of graphene, and the knurled texture of the pen.