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by Doug Black
on 26 February 2008

Chocolate-Pencils is the product of a collaboration pairing Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato with patissier (and Iron Chef champion) Tsujiguchi Hironobu, the man behind Tokyo's boutique dessert shops Mont St. Claire and Le Chocolat de H. Subtle tableware effectively displays the gourmet chocolate and includes a special "pencil sharpener" for grating over a dessert. The pencils operate under the concept that shavings, which are generally regarded as a waste product, are now the main focus.


This inconsistency of value is common with Sato, who works under the moniker nendo and states his unitary goal as providing everyday viewers with "a small '!' moment." He achieves this goal through a wide spectrum of creative products and structures since 2002 and he's also behind 2006's "one percent products," a collection of single-run products produced in limited batches of 100, thus ensuring that your item is 1% of the entire collection.

Chocolate-Pencils come in a number of different blends with varying levels of cocoa. Originally created for a Japanese confectionery magazine, look for them in one of Tsujiguchi's Tokyo shops.

Le Chocolat de H
6-12-4 roppongi - minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0032 map
tel. +81 3 57720075

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