SCALE - Black Retractable Ball Point Pen, des. Shigeru Ban for ACME


By: Acme

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed this ball point pen to not only feel comfortable in one's hand due to its unique triangular shape, but also to have two functions. One is of course to be a working pen made of the highest quality. The other function is that it can also be used as a fully functional architect's scale. The pen is presented in a custom triangular box.

This is the new black variation of "Scale."

• 2009 Good Design Award Winner •

About Shigeru Ban: 

Born in Tokyo in 1957, Japanese architect SHIGERU BAN studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Cooper Union School of Architecture, where he graduated in 1984. He opened his own Tokyo based practice the following year. Ban’s work is notable for linking natural and built environments and for its economic use of resources. As a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the 1990s, Ban created emergency housing from paper tubes for victims of the Rwandan civil war -- designs that were redeployed for victims of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. In the United States, Ban is perhaps best know for his Curtain Wall House in Tokyo, a highlight of the Museum of Modern Art’s 1999 exhibition The Un-Private House. Other projects include a series of bamboo residences near the Great Wall in Beijing. He has served as a Professor of Architecture at several universities, and is currently employed by Keio. In 2014, Shigeru was awarded the Pritzker Prize.