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The Alessi Sebastiano Pencil Holder is a product I acquired from a friend a number of months ago now. I am actually quite surprised I recieved this due to the cost - between £12-£15 online. Alessi Sebastiano are known for their often extravagent (and always pricey), boldly designed products. They manufacture a whole host of products (www.alessi.co.uk) which are Italian in design and some of their homewares are quite unique!
The Alessi Pencil Holder is a typical example of the design and thought put into their creations to solve such a simple problem. It could even be argued that there isn't even a problem to solve (?). The simple design of the 'bug?' adds to the appeal of such a tactile and intriguing desktop accessory. Alessi produce this in green, pink and black. Although there are two vibrant and exciting colours there, mine is in black but still stands out on any desk! This little fellow is made from thermoplastic resin, so it is robust and will (and has) lasted a good while. Obviously the main (only?) drawback is the pricing. I think you are buying more than just a pencil holder when you are browsing for Alessi products - you are wanting that something special in the product. Pens and pencils are easy to place into the holder and unless you have an unusual shaped pen then you will be fine at letting your friend look after your writing equipment!
With dimensions of 13cm x 12.4cm and a height of 4.5cm this is a reasonable sized piece that will struggle to go unnoticed. Perhaps superglue would be advisable! The holder will hold over 20 pens or pencils and instead of forever losing pens in your drawers, why not splash out and go for something a little bit different?