Caran d'Ache Alexander Girard 849 Ballpoint Pen
Caran d’Ache 849 + Alexander Girard: design in the palm of the hand. Every year, the Geneva-based company gives the iconic 849 a make-over through inspiring partnerships with talented individuals asked to call on their boundless creativity to reinterpret the pen. The 849 becomes a blank canvas, the playground of great designers, stylists and artists. The 849 Alexander Girard limited edition was born of the desire of Caran d’Ache, Vitra and Studio Girard to decorate the 849 with the joyous cult patterns dreamt up by Alexander Girard. This multi-talented creator revolutionized the history of 20th century design by leaving his colorful, graphic mark on everyday objects. With a keen interest in textures, patterns and folk art, Alexander Girard collected the writing instruments which enabled him to express his creativity. The two 849s call on patterns chosen from the collections of the Vitra Design Museum which houses the designer’s archives. The pink and white 849 boasts the “check stripes” pattern, developed by Alexander Girard to bring a touch of
color to decorative panels and textiles in everyday life. The black and white 849 presents the “double triangle” pattern created for use on textiles and wallpaper. Inspired by the archives of Caran d’Ache, the metal boxes accompanying the 849 are ideal for taking the pens anywhere or keeping them on a desk with all the other writing instruments. Practical designer objects carrying the iconic “the eyes” pattern in pink and blue.