Paper rainbows emerging from sharpened pencils

Uh oh, looks like we were two months too late. Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton recently ended a successful Kickstarter campaign to make these truly magical Rainbow Pencils, which churn out 6-layered paper rainbows every time they go through a pencil sharpener.

Thankfully for the rest of us, these will be available for sale online sometime in the near future.

UPDATE: Here’s a teaser from our exclusive interview with Duncan Shotton, where he talks about the humble beginnings of his successful Kickstarter project. [check out the full interview here]

How did you first come up with the idea of rainbow pencils?

I already had a few stationery designs under my belt (tape dispenser/nessie & real boy push pins) and I was actually trying to think of a sharpener design. I realised it was the pencil shavings that interested me more than the sharpener itself. I was aware of paper pencil technology and had been wanting to design something that incorporated a rainbow somehow for a while. Bingo.

Rainbow pencils with hand product shot
Rainbow pencil shavings
Rainbow-pencils sharpener

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