Chocolate Pencil Shavings


I loved this chocolate shavings done in the classic color-pencil interpretation. Designed by nendo (many other great works in the website too!) in collaboration with patissier Tsujiguchi Hironobu, the mastermind behind popular dessert shops like Mont St. Claire and Le Chocolat de H, this initially awkward association between ‘delicious chocolate’ and ‘coloring stationery’ becomes gratifyingly apt:

Our “chocolate pencils” come in a number of cocoa blends that vary in intensity, and chocophiles can use the special “pencil sharpener” that comes with our plate to grate chocolate onto their dessert. Pencil filings are usually the unwanted remains of sharpening a pencil, but in this case, they’re the star!

I loved that design-gymnastic on how he managed to link pencil shavings to chocolate shavings – it certainly must take a very acute observation and mental creativity to note this, so that after the design is done everyone else can go “Ah it’s so logical right from the start!”.

And now I can’t look at chocolate, truffle or any other food-shavings without thinking of this.

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