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Perfetto Pencils Accessory with book – March 4, 2014
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Fili is the author of Elegantissima, published by Princeton Architectural Press. She has also written The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence and co-authored Italianissimo. With her husband, the design historian Steven Heller, she is co-author of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Counter Culture, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, and Shadow Type.
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But not any old pencils.
These are pencils designed by Louise Fili. You may not know her name, but there is no way you’ve missed her work — she defines style in logos for restaurants, high-end food products and more. Think Williams-Sonoma, Sarabeth’s, Tiffany & Co., Paperless Post. For a decade, she designed the covers of Pantheon Books. She’s in the Art Directors Hall of Fame.
Her signature is design that updates the classics of an earlier period. At 16, she made her first trip to Italy; the impression never faded. Her Perfetto pencil case and pencils makes me think of the Italy of "The Conformist." It’s very clean, very precise, very bold design: a sturdy case, with twelve double-sided, two-color pencils.
Let her explain:
"We love our collection of 1930s Italian pencil boxes. Our most preferred are the two-color, double-sided pencils, commonly in red and blue, for teachers to correct homework. (“Errore lieve, segno rosso; errore grave, segno blu”: red for a minor infringement, blue for a serious offense.) When Princeton Architectural Press invited us to come up with a line of gift products, the two-tone pencils seemed perfect — thus the name. Steering clear of blue, our least favorite color, we opted for our signature red and black. No eraser, by the way. Who makes errori?"
This is just the sort of present I love. Modest price, high style, actual utility. A gift when there’s no real occasion. A stocking stuffer. An object to display on the mantel. In a world of vulgar design and banal products, a spirit lifter, a friendship enhancer, a thoughtful gesture. They’re just Good Things, and, like all Good Things, they make the owner look good.
not only are they not made in Italy, where they could easily have been made, but Taiwan, much much better than being made in China please believe me, but they are terrible pencils sadly. The best quality of this product is the box. I ADORE Miss. Fili and her works but someone should have spot checked this product, unless I have a box of lemons? The red colour is a weak as water while the black is good and strong and most useful but the red end of the pencils falls off after every sharpening. Its is beyond annoying! I use a very excellent Kum German wooden sharpener and have never had any problems sharpening any of the pencils I use with it, but the red ends of these fall off instantly no matter what I do...
I had high hopes for these lovely pencils but again as I've said, unless I'm the only one to get the box full of lemons I'd hesitate before buying. Sorry but thats just been my experience sadly...
Inside, the pencils are arranged crisply; a graphic treat to behold. Eventually I had to break the seal and try the pencils out. The Perfetto Pencils are labeled No. 2, so I knew what that meant for a graphite pencil but wasn't sure how that would translate for the red end of the pencils. It turns out that the red is deliciously soft (softer than I would have expected from a No. 2) and has a beautiful creamy texture when used, and a lovely red color.
My only disappointment (and it is minor!) is that after sharpening it a few times all the pencils did not match up "perfectly" and once they are unwrapped the positioning of the pencils within their box shifts (of course!) so they are no longer perfectly aligned in the box. I think I will have to buy a box just to admire in addition to the one I am using and enjoying!
I hope Louise Fili decides to expand into other areas of product design so that she becomes a "brand." There is really no one else who translates historical Italian source material like she does.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are awesome! I gave as a gift and they were very well received. They are extremely high quality! The box is beautifully designed and very-well made. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donna Young
I saw the Perfetto pencils compared to Palominos, which I love. A Palomino is a smooth ride, the smoothest in fact. That is known. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim
Louise Fili's design is reason enough to own this box of lovely pencils.Published 11 months ago by Anaid
The presentation is beautiful! They are so cute that I have never used and decoration on my desk.Published 11 months ago by Profeta999
I was so excited when I received these pencils as a gift. I loved loved loved the design & packaging.
Then I started using them. Read more