What to see

In a world of delicious devices, rabbit hole potential and endless discovery all at the tap of a screen, designer Sir Paul Smith has bravely turned his attention to the humble pencil.

On 19th May, The Secret Life of the Pencil an exhibition by creative director Alex Hammond and photographer Mike Tinney, opens at Paul Smith on Albemarle Street. The show includes a collection of 52 hyper-real images of pencils belonging to some of the most highly respected creatives around; David BaileyWilliam Boyd,Celia BirtwellJay Osgerby and Stephen Fry (see image, left). For two weeks (until 3rd June) 16 of these original prints, alongside the pencils themselves, are up for auction via Paddle8, in aid of Children in Crisis.

While technology may be removing the physical need for the pencil, there’s no denying the different kind of creative magic that happens when lead marks paper. Plus you can’t tuck an iPad behind your ear.


The Secret Life of the Pencil by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney
Project Launch and Exhibition, 19th May-3rd June 2015
Paul Smith, 9 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HH
Visit the auction here.

Paul Smith offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to a champagne reception to The Secret Life of the Pencil launch on 19th May 2015. To enter this prize draw, please send your details (name, address, email, telephone) to RSVP.Events@paulsmith.co.uk by 12pm on Friday 8th May. Terms and conditions apply. Don’t miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

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