Kelly Marklove at New Designers



New Designers 08: Middlesex University graduate Kelly Marklove presented a range of inkwells and writing tools at New Designers in London last month.


Articles for writing, drawing and marking are arranged around a central block of ash, which becomes stained over time with excess ink.


"This series of mark-making tools is based on the notion that marks and stains give suggestions of what has been and thus give a life and history to an object," explains Marklove.


"As well as supporting the inkwells, the wooden blocks act as a blot for excess ink, preserving the stains rather than disregarding them."


"The porcelain inkwells are stained with ink and in time will change with use."


"The pens have been developed from tools I use myself for mark making and drawing. Because they are hand made each pen differs from the next, making the quality of line it produces unique."



Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008 at 9:25 am by Rob Ong. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • zm

    love the ancient writing methods!! Quite intriguing.

    Utter waste of ash wood.No relation!! , what its doing on dezeen?

  • edward

    “The porcelain inkwells are stained with ink and in time will change with use.”

    I took the pieces for a metaphor of some sort not usable implements. The one with the lip is like the ink well of old that fit into a hole in the students desk top. Pre ball point of course.

  • olgv.

    nice devices/improvisations … I’m curios if Kelly Marklove have any asiatic connections….. because we can remarc the asiatic inspiration.

    It’s on DEZEEN because, it’s an object, an improvisation which… was designed :P … I think it’s better to have more than architecture here. At least the “smart” guys cant think any more … “oh .. it’s not architecture, what will I say now ?” :))

    peace and love my friends

  • Mattia

    If the quality was better I suppose I could appreciate it more, but for a conceptional work like this I could care less.

  • zuy

    design pauvre? = art pauvre?

  • Tyler

    I don’t get it but the contrast between surfaces is awesome!