Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Good design is often about overcoming the little things that impede function, waste time, and cause endless amounts of frustration for the user. Paul Sandip has done just that with his 8 (Ate) pencil sharpener. Winner of a 2007 Red Dot design concept award, 8 (Ate) is a double-bladed, stainless steel sharpener that accommodates small and large pencils. The designer has found a way to eliminate the aggravation of sharp tips being broken, as the tip of the pencil never comes in contact with the sharpener. 8 (Ate) has been carefully constructed to omit unnecessary exterior enhancements, and with its satin finish, Sandip has brought form and function together in a study of simplicity that elevates this everyday item beyond its usual status.
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