Ultimate Crayon Box


Karl Lagerfeld amongst his massive three-story floor-to-ceiling library of design books arranged horizontally in his minimalist Paris Studio. #aweinspiringarrangement

German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris, Karl Otto Lagerfeld is also the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own fashion label. Furthering his love for art and design, the iconic Lagerfeld has now added another notch to his visionary belt, in collaboration with Faber-Castell he’s launched an exquisite range of drawing and painting tools.


Karl Lagerfeld & Faber Castell Collaboration, Stacked up in pyramid-style, this designer set has been named the ‘Karlbox.’ Limited to only 2,500 pieces each boasts its own unique serial number as well as a certificate of authenticity. The Karlbox treasure chest is functionally elegant, and collectible as a sleek Black Beech Wood cabinet with sections that open to resemble a vintage Chinese wedding chest. Lagerfeld says that Faber-Castell‘s drawing tools are a reminder of his childhood, that he has relied on their products throughout his career. “Since I was a little child in Germany, Faber-Castell has been the most famous brand known for its especially good quality. That reputation remains just as true today, particularly for artist pencils. “To me, drawing is like breathing and writing. These are things that almost relax me” says Lagerfeld. #farfromcrayolafare


Displaying 350 hand-picked by the couturier watercolours, crayons, color pencils, including all 120 shades of his favorite Albrecht Dürer water-soluble color pencils, India ink pens and accessories. With colors ranging from pastels to bold and primary to secondary tonal shades, coordinated by color, while each color family is thoughtfully etched along the side spelled out in three different languages: English, French, and German. The limited-edition set went on sale Sept. 1st at Faber-Castell stores and Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, rolling out to select department and specialty stores like Gumps in San Francisco & Harrods in London on Sept 19th. Priced at nearly $3,000 current exchange rates. #rainbowofcolors

Karlbox Trailer, Think In Motion Production, The Karlbox unites the traditional values of the family-owned company Faber-Castell with the modern, unique and innovative spirit and style of Karl Lagerfeld. A symbol for the long-term relationship of both brands and represents the symbiosis of the fashion, art and design worlds. More details here.


Founded in 1761 by a cabinet-maker and headquartered in Stein, Germany, Faber-Castell is one of the world’s largest and oldest global manufacturers of pens, pencils, and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments. A multi-generational family owned firm that generates annual revenues of about $652 million. Other famous users of its colored pencils from the past include Vincent van Gogh and Paul Klee.

To see The Artful Blog’s favorite Faber-Castell Fountain Pen works of art visit previous posts Art From The Oak & The Great Pen.

The Great Pen

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 Pen of the Year 2015 by Graf von Faber-Castell.

The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2015 is inspired by the glamorous architecture of the New Palace of Sanssouci which was built according to plans by Frederick II (1712-1786) King of Prussia. After the Seven Years’ War and victory over the powerful Habsburg monarchy, large and influential Silesia became part of Prussia. Frederick was hailed as a military genius and henceforth called “the Great”. As a sign of his victory he ordered the construction of his largest and most ambitious building the New Palace of Sanssouci with magnificent ballrooms, and handsomely furnished apartments where precious decorative natural stones played a special role, something Prussia had in abundance thanks to the conquest of Silesia -wall coverings made from multi-coloured marble, floors inlaid with Jasper, Amethyst and Serpentine. The interiors of the New Palace are unparalleled in Europe.

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Sansscouci Palace Interior of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, Potsdam.

Created with the highest standards of craftsmanship, the pen combines 24-carat Gold plating with embellished baroque engraving, a Russian Smoky Quartz, Green Serpentine and Rare Chrysoprase, Frederick the Great’s favourite natural stone -Chrysoprase has not been mined for many years and is only available on the antique stone market. Limited to 150 pieces. It includes an exclusive wooden collector’s box with a beautiful brochure and a certificate personally signed by the master craftsman of the Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory attesting to the authenticity of the natural stones.

For another Great Pen of the Year from Graf von Faber-Castell see previous post Art From The Oak

Art Of The Ride

Le Flâneur d’Hermès


November will herald the arrival of two ultra-lightweight carbon fitting bicycles hitting Hermès stores worldwide. Le Flaneur d’Hermès and Le Flaneur Sportif d’Hermès, a unisex leisure and a sport city bicycle, will be available in three sizes -S, M, L- and two colors -Charcoal and Blanc d’Espagne, and Le Flaneur Sportif d’Hermès will also be available in a sporty shade of Red. Both of the bikes which have been hand-made in France by TIME, a French manufacturer of bicycles and cycling equipment founded by Roland Cattin in 1987, will feature a shock-absorbing monobloc frame, belt-driven transmission, bull leather on contact points such as the handlebar grips, saddle and carry handle, hydraulic disc brakes and a choice of 8 or 11 gears integrated into the rear wheel hub. The Hermès bicycle design reflects the craftsmanship that one has come to invariably expect of a luxury house of this standing. Of course, due to its origins as a master saddler, the saddles on these bikes are going to be the most comfortable in the world! Combining exquisite, elegant lines with cutting-edge technology, beautifully. Parisian Style. Love.

Art Of The Bag

I would have to say I am slightly obsessed with man bags and luggage altogether. Think pieces from British and Italian luxury houses best known for their leather goods Burberry, Berluti and Bottega Veneta, and the classic American master craftsmanship and luxury of Lotuff and Coach -most notably the Bleecker Leather Bag Collection from the latter. Just stellar. Bags designed for men tend to be equal parts aesthetically and functionally appealing, simple and luxurious, qualities I find often lacking in most women’s handbag designs. Surprisingly true, even when it comes to perennially iconic labels like Burberry and Coach. Twenty-first century enigma. Man bags rule!


Coach, Bleecker Legacy Leather Weekend Bag in Fawn, from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, Handsome legacy piece, crafted in hand-burnished rich glove-tanned leather for a heritage look, with hand-tacked stress points. Made with the simple construction of an archival Coach design. Understated and traditional. Equal parts rugged and refined. Perhaps my favorite bag of all time! Sublime perfection.

Leica Hermès

The iconic German camera maker Leica has teamed up with Parisian high-end designer label Hermès to create a beautiful special edition of the Leica M9-P called ‘Edition Hermes’. This is the third time that the two companies have collaborated, following from the success of the Leica M7 Edition Hermes in 2009 and the Leica MP Edition Hermes before that, in 2003.


Leica M9-P Edition Hermès and Bespoke Hermès Camera Bag

Being Hermès, the finest of materials have been utilized in the modification of this camera, including Veau Swift calfskin leather, which has been carefully applied to the camera body and the shoulder strap set which comes with it. To mark its distinction, this camera features a limited-edition number inscribed alongside the unique serial number. The exclusive numbers, unique product design and premium finishing with numerous extras make this a truly special edition in every respect.


Leica M9-P Edition Hermès

The camera will be released in two editions, the first of which is available now in an edition of 300 and features a silver-anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. After that, there will be a yet even more exclusive release in June of the Leica M9-P Edition Hermes – Serie Limitee Jean-Louis Dumas, which is a special collaboration with Jean-Louis Dumas -the former president of Hermès who died in 2010. It will be released in a super exclusive batch of just 100, and will be accompanied by three lenses -a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/ 2 ASPH., a Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/ 2 ASPH., all featuring a silver-anodized finish. Not surprisingly, this unique collection of photographic equipment will find a fitting home in a hand-finished Hermès camera bag -the first Leica camera bag ever to have been created by Hermès, a company world-famous for its manufacturing handbag excellence.

Art From The Oak

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Pen of the Year 2012 by Graf von Faber-Castell.

One of the leading names in the field of luxury pens Graf von Faber-Castell, has announced the Pen of The Year 2012. Combining ancient wetland Oak and luxurious Gold leaf, this Graf von Faber-Castell pen elevates natural beauty as none other. The unusual combinations of wood and fine metals bestow a special position in the market upon the Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Line fountain pens. Over time, the wood surface means every pen becomes personally unique. The enigmatic beauty of Oak is the result of thousands of years transforming the wood into gnarled textures resembling driftwood.

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Making of the Pen of the Year 2012 by Graf von Faber-Castell.

Master craftsmen hand-apply gold leaf perfectly and precisely to the grain of the wood. Using a fine squirrel-hair brush, they utilize a 4,000-year old technique that dates to the ancient Egyptians to bring the wood into intricately gilded beauty. All metal fittings are 24-carat Gold-plated and the pen is crowned on its cap by a chessboard-faceted Citrine gemstone. Limited edition of 1,500. Each individually numbered writing instrument is encased in a deep black wooden case along with a certificate attesting to the authenticity of the 24k gold and the 1700-year old German Oak wood.