Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy


Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy

London Design Festival 2011: London designer Oscar Diaz has redesigned the pen pot so there's no need to tip pens all over the desk or jam your fingers down the side to retrieve a paper clip or pencil sharpener that's slipped to the bottom.

Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy

The silicone Pen Pal has teeth round the edge to hold pens upright while a shallow dish in the centre contains smaller items.

Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy

Diaz will present the product for Spanish company Doiy as part of an exhibition called Barcelona Design meets London at The Vyner Studio during the London Design Festival next month.

Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy

Diaz first appeared on Dezeen in 2009 with his Ink Calendar that uses the capillary action of ink spreading across paper to display the date. See all our stories about his work here.

Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy

Check out more stories about stationery here.

Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz for Doiy

The information below is from Oscar Diaz:

Pen Pal by Oscar Diaz

Pen pal is a simple pen stand made of silicone. Observing pen holders and improvised pen pots I realised that many small objects are difficult to access when they are mixed with pens of different sizes.

Usually the smaller items fall into to the bottom, which makes them unreachable and they end up taking much of the available space.

Pen Pal proposes to have fewer pens, but have all of them accessible. The central can hold clips; pins and other small objects while the conical holes allow placing pens of different diameters all around the cavity.

It keeps everything accessible avoiding having to turn your pen pot upside down to find a clip.

Produced by: Doiy
Product name: Pen Pal
Year: 2011
Materials: Silicone
Dimensions: 31 x 96 mm diam.

"Barcelona Design meets London" at The Vyner Studio.

Designers: Oscar Díaz, Tomás Alonso, Aloy Mas, Causas Externas, Out of Stock and GR
Organized by: GR Industrial Design, The Vyner Studio, BCD (Barcelona Centre de Disseny)
Sponsoring: Estrella Damn, Viña Zorzal

  • Crackerjack

    Nice and available in different colours!.. but not exactly ground-breaking.

  • piet de jonge

    brilliant! i want one. where i can get them?

  • amisal

    It looks very nice and its a good idea! Think big act small, but there is a problem.
    Imagine if something happen and it falls down, you will have to put them back one-one but in a normal pencil pot you just put them all together and everyone is happy.

  • Amisal,
    what if you are having fun drinking a beer…
    but there is a problem, something happens and the glass falls down,
    you lost your beer and you need to clean the floor.

    the world would be a better place if we didnt drop things on the floor

  • Agree with amisal. Another thing is, once it is filled up with pens, is it still easy to pick a clip from the middle? for people with fatter hand?
    That said, I want one…

    • capslock

      probably easier to grab a clip when it is filled with pencils than it would be if you had a normal cup. Ever tried to fish a clip out of a overloaded pencil cup? No big deal but you first probably need to take out all the crap and then get whats at the bottom. Despite this being a fairly simple piece, it does pick up on a few flaws the cup organiser has. good simple work.