April 8, 2019
Internet Findings: charliewhiskeytango (CW&T)
For most of us, a decent portion of the morning is spent chopped up between multiple social media platforms, websites, and message boards. This pursuit generally means catching up on the latest news, celebrity antics, or memes. This past Sunday I was following suit by doing just so when I …
For most of us, a decent portion of the morning is spent chopped up between multiple social media platforms, websites, and message boards. This pursuit generally means catching up on the latest news, celebrity antics, or memes. This past Sunday I was following suit by doing just so when I stumbled upon an interesting article on itsnicethat.com/categories/graphic-design. The article, written two weeks prior was by creative director Carly Ayres of HAWRAF, an interactive design, and development studio in Brooklyn, detailing her & her partner’s decision to shut down their studio for the better. The read was an eye-opening glimpse into just how much integrity and respect all four partners had for their friendship over the business and was an interesting take on success and what can come with it.
One thing that HAWRAF provided on their website after disbanding was a public google drive, including a powerpoint deck detailing their mission statement, client work, capabilities, etc… This is where I stumbled upon CW&T. CW&T is an art and design studio run by Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy in Brooklyn, New York. Their focus, from my reading and observation, is based upon manufacturing and over-engineering products for daily life that will last a lifetime. What piqued my interest immediately was their Pen Type-B.
For the past five or so years I myself have thought with more of a sustainable mindset. I tend to purchase products that last longer, rather than cheap, wasteful, alternatives that need replacing (stainless steel water bottles, raw denim, reusable food containers, organic/fair-trade foods, etc…). Combining this with my appreciation for writing and aesthetically pleasing stationary products, my infatuation with CW&T’s pens took hold. The pen is machined in the United States from start to finish and comes in polished brass & titanium. When fitting the pen into the sleeve upon use, it slowly lowers into itself as would a mechanical piston.
Starting at $160 per pen, you may think this is a lot, but compare such a purchase to a pack of ballpoint/artist pens. On average a designer/artist/writer goes through such disposables multiple times a month. With ink refills costing under $2, this stationery item will save you money in the long run, all the while reducing your plastic footprint.
Although products such as the Pen Type-B are out of reach for many due to price-point, the intent CW&T presents in their products is pure. Handmade, domestically produced goods are of a higher quality as well as pricing. Eventually, with a like-minded attitude towards sustainability and better manufacturing, I believe one day Americans and Nations alike will respect and apply similar measures. Not only does this method create products that last, but it also oozes artistic expression and appreciation for clean aesthetics. I could ramble on a while longer about more projects/products CW&T displays on their website, but you should look for yourself if interested.
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