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Warehouse Home

If you are lucky enough live in an urban warehouse environment, then you’ll need suitable ‘stuff’ to populate your home. Thankfully you need look no further than the magazine Warehouse Home. They decided a huge print of your favourite creative’s pencil would look just super against your exposed brick wall gently reflected in your polished concrete floor – and we agree!

Head here for a look at the full magazine in PDF format!

Thanks to all at MWH



SecretPencils : Going International

We’ve know about this for a while, but wanted to keep it under out hats until now.  There will be a large pencil sculpture in the check-in area of Heathrow T5 from the 13th October -30th November 2015.  On the pencil will be images and information about the project… There will be some new images of some new pencils from some new participants, but we can’t say who just yet…. So, if you are flying BA anytime during that period, pop over and have a look, between Check-in zones G & H.

This represents us going global… Pop back here soon, or follow Twitter/Instagram for up-to-date news!

BA Pencil Plane

London Design Festival & DesignersBlock

We decided very late in the day that SecretPencils should be part of London Design Festival

The first people we thought of to call was the DesignersBlock team who are just a stones throw from SecretPencils HQ.  It turns out they were big fans of the project and immediately we cut to the chase and discussed what, where and how…

2 days later it was sorted, we had agreed on an amazing space in The Barge House on the SouthBank.  It is the perfect contrast to the slick lines of the Paul Smith gallery in Mayfair, we can’t wait to see the show hung on exposed brick, peeled paint and raw concrete walls – it is going to look amazing!

So come see us!

We’ll be there from the 22nd-27th September, 11am to 7pm.

Follow us on twitter and instagram if you are aren’t local to London town to see images and news from the show –  #secretpencils @secretpencils

National Pencil Day – 30th March

Not so celebrated here in the UK, but it does exist and here is why… (thanks to National Day Calendar)

Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858.

The majority of pencils made in the United States are painted yellow.  It is believed that this tradition began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond.  This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil.  Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high quality brand.







Thanks to Greg for the image

New Pencil UPDATE…

Tools were downed today in the Secret Pencil studio as a special package arrived from none other than Anish Kapoor. After much tea and discussion, the conclusion was simple, Marsyas by Anish Kapoor is still the best exhibit in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall followed hot on the heels by Olafur Elliason’s Weather Project.

If you have 29 minutes spare, the film at the bottom of this link, is a very worthwhile watch.



Secret Pencils & Paul Smith

We are delighted to announce that Secret Pencils will be working very closely with Paul Smith in the coming weeks. We can’t quite say in what capacity yet, but as soon as things are confirmed news will be posted here…

This is Paul’s office – as supporters of the chaotic creative environment, we love this image, we love this studio!



The lovely people at METRO printing have agreed to be our ‘Print Partners’ for the project. For us to have a personalised and direct relationship to London’s best print shop means the world! They are supporting us with a variety of special printing requests as well as our framing and mounting needs! Special shout out to Kate !



Secret Pencils & TEDx

Kept very much under wraps until after the event, SecretPencils was invited back in the summer to do a TEDx talk at the TEDxClapham. Now that the day happened without major mishap or forgotten lines, we can talk about it and use it to spread the good word of ‘The Pencil’ Alex drew the short straw and went under the spotlight on the day, but the content of the talk was from the hearts of both SecretPencil founders, Alex & Mike…
So, take 8 minutes and 2 seconds of your day to learn some fun-facts about pencils and keep a look out for what is apparently a made-up word somewhere in the talk!
If you like it, spread the word, tweet it, circle it, re-tube or go old-school and email it.

TEDx Secret Pencils

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More great news….

Everyone knows of Christie’s, Bonhams & Sotherby’s, the worlds most famous auction houses, but what is the fine art world doing to keep at pace with the demand for online services? Paddle8 is your answer, and here, in the their words…
“Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. We give a global community of passionate collectors unprecedented access to online auctions of high-caliber inventory”

We are very pleased to have agreed that our charity auction will be hosted by Paddle8.
It is early days but once again, more news will appear on this site soon.

In the meantime, have a browse at the current auctions on Paddle8 today



The Secret Pencil project is now officially ‘in support of’ Children in Crisis

We believe it is the perfect partnership, which hopefully will lead to many years of mutual support.  Our aim is to help support a new generation of creative heroes within their educational programs across the globe.

For a more detailed explanation of how the Secret Pencil project aims to do this – watch the TEDx Talk here

And to read up on Children in Crisis and the wonderful work they do, head here