In the Office: Pencils

Sideshow.canoecase1Canoe Pencil Case with Message Pencils

Being a piano teacher-conductor-pianist, I have to go through music on a daily basis, whether it is writing in performance indications, which fingers to use or simply writing in enormous big capital letters to play a certain note (or at times, what note not to play). And what tool would I use most often to do the most humble but important jobs? The pencil of course. And so below, I present to you four lovely pencils (or sets of pencils) that any piano teacher would be delightful to be owner of.


one | two | three | four 

And to keep your pencils always on hand instead of all over your desk, here are a few nifty cases:


five | six | seven | eight 

Happy Monday!


PS. The legendary Blackwing Palomino Pencils can be locally purchased from Studio Bomba

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Saturday’s Child


…works hard for a living. She gets up early in the morning and is always the first one at the office. Amidst office meetings, correspondence of mail and researching for inspiration, she always makes a quick dash for coffee (a long macchiato, of course) at two o’clock in the afternoon at the corner cafe – a chance for some fresh air away from the stress of the office. Saturday’s child works late into the evening, is always last to leave the office, but on the weekends, indulges just the slightest bit with a visit to the local jazz bar after work.





Models: Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Hilary Rhoda (and Daphne Groeneveld)
Photographer: Venetia Scott
Issue: Self Service Fall-Winter 2012

-The Fine Duchess

In the Office: Letter Openers


Clockwise, beginning from the top left hand corner: 1. Brass Squirrel by Jonathan Adler 2. Ruled Letter Opener by Izola 3. Zeus! by Greece Is For Lovers 4. Birdie by Een Nieuw Avontuur

Just the other day, I received a large amount of mail, so much that prying them open with my bare hands was not exactly the best option. So as I opened my kitchen drawer in search of a small knife, it occurred to me that perhaps it is time to purchase a letter opener. Sure, you may say that a knife will do the job just fine, but a pretty (or comical) letter opener is a much more inviting option.

Which one would you like?

-The Fine Duchess

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