Steel Penmanship: Lamy's Studio in Hand

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“This pen is a beautiful writer. Such was the review by Australia-based stationery company NoteMaker concerning the steel “Studio fountain pen, produced by Lamy.  Founded in 1930 by C. Josef Lamy in Heidelberg, Germany, the company creates, as they put it, “self-contained and succinct products”that “they embody the Bauhaus principle of functional design: Ëœform follows function.’

The attribute “self-contained could refer to the pen’s industrial anatomy, while “succinct could describe both its handheld dimensions and the quality of writing that Lamy fountain pens are subject to.

The “Studio fountain-pen series was created by one of Switzerland’s most influential designers: Hannes Wettstein. Though Wettstein commanded a diverse and highly visible range of product design, he was described as “staying very much in the background. It’s also a fitting depiction for an instrument whose behind-the-scenes demeanor allows an author to achieve effortless writing in the foreground.

Nate Burgos

Photograph by Studio Hannes Wettstein.

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