A sandpaper bra, a manicure-like sharpening kit, a planing tool and even a nibbling hamster. Design students at the Free University of Bolzano reinterpreted the simple function of the pencil sharpener.
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The workshop was mentored by Claudio Larcher, Eugenia Morpurgo and Alvise Mattozzi. “Expanding on the well known tactile experience, the students developed new gestures. This resulted in new forms and materials that playfully achieve a new route to a perfectly sharpened pencil” said Larcher to ArchiPanic.
Albert Jovanì Guiral proposed a sandpaper book that instead consuming of the pencil it sharpens it one page after the other. The designer imagined also a carrot-made pencil for hungry hamsters that can nibble it to obtain the perfect point.
Jessica Rosa designed a wearable sharpener with sandpaper facets, Michela Franch created sharpening stainless rings while Marinetta Gorassini was inspired by a nail file.
Isabella Sebald transformed a boring action into something fun. The designer created a bra with sandpaper cups that allow to sharpen a pencil by rubbing it by the cleavage.
O by Caterina Nebl translates the rotational movement of a pencil into a circular design.
Luca Mantenuto created a sharpening kit for perfectionists. The set includes brushes, sharpeners and files transforming a simple action in a manicure-like ritual.
Maria Girofletti transforms the sharpening gesture into a carpentry action thanks to a special wood plane that literally shaves the pencil.
Barbara Rossaro proposes to burn away wood in excess by performing a ritual with a proper kit.
Alessandro Bussi designed Porygon, a flat pack, assemble-it-yourself pencil sharpener. Paper airplane by Lucrezia Faraci features a metal blade folded like an origami.
Snake Sharpener by Susan Guidi allows to work at the same time on both ends of a pencil thanks to an enveloping elastic linking two opposite sharpeners.
All designs are grouped under the project La Matita Rossa – The red pencil. The workshop was part of a course on “design for education and knowledge sharing” at the art and design faculty of the Free University of Bolzano.
All photos: courtesy of Libera Università di Bolzano.