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The latest and unpublished project by Achille Castiglioni, now made real thanks to the Team EGO.M

The writing project. A liaison between our thoughts and a piece of paper.

 In 2001 Achille Castiglioni together with his friend and colleague Arch. Gianfranco Cavaglià deals with the significance of the ‘handgrip’.

Together they design a set of pens and pencils of which some wooden prototypes were made and then kept and treasured to date in the archive of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation. Their purpose was to enhance and recall the attention to the importance of a pencil as an ordinary daily instrument and as a means of expressing ideas and thoughts.

For these special writing and drawing instruments, Castiglioni and Cavaglià did come up with a trilobate arched shape which, thanks to its functional characteristics, could accomplish the true alliance between mind, hand, and object. The instrument itself turns into an ideal prosthesis of our hand and offers, with its peculiar trina shape, a specific way of use.

“In the everyday working time outside the office, when a pencil was needed,

if it didn’t show up and while rummaging into his pocket … in a firm tone,

Achille Castiglioni used to ask … ‘don’t we have a pencil’? “

“di” Achille Castiglioni (G. Cavaglià)

Combining a revolutionary material such as graphene with the additional manufacturing 3D printing technology, CENTO3 was born. A writing tool that respects the project goal: innovation, sustainability, respect for quality, and costs so to make it affordable for the most.


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