Easy and Elegant Life

The Search for Everyday Elegance and the Art of Living Well.

Write, Beautifully.

The aesthetic movement of the late 1800’s held that all the objects which surround us should be beautiful and functional. Probably in that order. After all, the aesthete required that all his senses be entertained. It is a seductive philosophy.

Yesterday, Mrs. E. became a demi-centarian in her own inimitable way. And, as usual, she gave me only an offhand “I’m really enamoured of mechanical pencils at the moment” comment when asked about her gift. So, I made sure to get her a mechanical pencil. (Fear not, dear reader, something much more sparkly also arrived.)

When it comes to mechanical pencils, it is function which normally follows form. And form is frequently dictated by comfort. Writing in longhand is a physical as much as a mental act.

But, who’s to say that something as pedestrian as the pencil can’t be a work of art? Especially if it is crafted by Caran d’Ache. Add engraved initials and you have a personalized work of art with which to create your own works of art.

I carry a far less expensive, but every bit as satisfying to write with, ballpoint version of their classic 849. Pick one up here.

2 thoughts on “Write, Beautifully.

  1. Elegance is often revealed in the details of one’s life. This pencil is something that Mrs. E. can cherish for years to come and every time she uses it, she will think of you. If one of her friends notices the pencil, it will give her an opportunity to brag about her wonderful husband.

    Good for you Chris.

  2. Dearest Chris,
    Mrs. E. did receive the perfectly elegant gift for her ‘demi-centarian’.
    Both of us are with you on the writing subject and have quite a valuable collection, which we actually use!
    Sending you best wishes for a good spring and many happy birthdays to be celebrated together!

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