‘Amalgamated’ Vases Are Made From Hundreds of Pencils Glued Together

Posted On Thu, May 19, 2016 By

Posted On Thu, May 19, 2016 By In Design, Products

Pencils are used in a variety of applications and can be a powerful tool of expression for people who associate themselves with the written word or visual arts. “Amalgamated” is a collection of vases from Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika in collaboration with Gallery FUMI and Faber-Castell, created to explore the relationship between the mass produced “tool” and the potential individualism it facilitates. By repurposing the objects as raw material, this project aims to provide commentary about how the pencil when being used for its intended purpose, goes unnoticed.

Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamation, allery FUMI, Faber-Castell
The construction of the vases start by carefully gluing one facet of a pencil to another, fully utilizing their hexagonal shape.

Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamation, Gallery FUMI, Faber-Castell

The individual pencils come together in block form which is then reshaped with a lathe to form these beautiful vases.

Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamation, Gallery FUMI, Faber-Castell

The curves of each vase reveal the inner structure of the pencil, uncovering a pattern of color and form hidden just below the surface.

You can see the whole process in this video:

Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamation, Gallery FUMI, Faber-Castell

The limited edition vases are available in both 12-inch and 16-inch variations, as well as a variety of color options. See more of this collection here.

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