The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry | A Sydney Food Blog


May 20th, 2008  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

I always love those moments when you’re desk-deep in work and while checking something, you accidentally mouse-stumble across something inspired.

Yesterday I was sub-editing a story on Japanese designers and came across a clever collab that cool firm Nendo did with Japanese patissier Tsujiguchi Hironobu.

These chocolate pencils come with a special sharpener to create those crucial shavings that people like to shower onto desserts. Although I always enjoyed how pencil shavings would fan out like those paper doll accordions, it’s true that the grazed wood is not very useful and understandably tipped into the bin. The designers point out that these sweet objects reverse that idea – instead of being unwanted discards, the chocolate shavings here are the most desirable point of the pencil.

And though the set doesn’t come in the rainbow spectrum that your much-coveted primary school Derwent watercolours did, they are available in different cocoa flavours.

If these goodies were placed in stationery cupboards everywhere, pencil-chewing would become a national sport.

Nendo, Japan
Tsujiguchi Hironobu, Le Chocolat de H. Tsujiguchi, Japan

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  1. eliza says:

    this is so so so amazing!

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