Pen pal: a collaboration between Marc Newson and Montblanc has all the write moves

Designed by Marc Newson, the latest Montblanc pen is an elegant balance of form and function
The latest Montblanc pen is an elegant balance of form and function, with a sleek silhouette which incorporates the German company's signature elements
(Image credit: Marc Newson)

For the first time in over a century, Montblanc (opens in new tab) has handed over the design of one of its product to an external collaborator. Designed by Marc Newson (opens in new tab), the latest Montblanc M pen is both a celebration of the German company’s heritage. ‘Our passion for the art of writing is in the very heart of the project,’ says Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert, who commissioned Newson to work on the project.

The resulting object is an elegant balance of form and function, with a sleek silhouette that incorporates Montblanc’s signature elements into a contemporary piece. Newson’s design also includes subtle aesthetic and engineering details – such as the magnetic closure of the cap so its clip aligns perfectly with the Montblanc emblem at the other end (it’s also the first time a second emblem has featured in a contemporary pen, alongside the one on the cap).

‘Like a lot of people doing my job, we use pens all the time, and pens are the way that I choose to connect with the world,’ explains Newson, noting how the art of using writing instruments itself was the inspiration for his design 'It’s the thing that enables me to take my thoughts and bring them to reality.’

Originally featured in the September 2015 edition of Wallpaper* (W*198)

It is is made of Montblanc’s typical black resin and its shape features a ‘plateau’

It is is made of Montblanc’s typical black resin and its shape features a ‘plateau’, which was created by milling the polished black resin with a diamond tool. The white resin emblem was ultrasonically welded onto the plateau to form a perfectly flat surface and contribute to the piece’s sleekness

(Image credit: Marc Newson)

The pen is available in fountain and ballpoint versions

The pen is available in fountain and ballpoint versions, and for the first time the company adds a fineliner to its collection of writing instruments, also paying tribute to the designer’s work

(Image credit: Marc Newson)

Newson’s design includes subtle details, such as the magnetic closure of the cap so its clip aligns perfectly with the Montblanc emblem on the pen's body

Newson’s design includes subtle details, such as the magnetic closure of the cap so its clip aligns perfectly with the Montblanc emblem on the pen's body. It’s also the first time a second emblem has featured in a contemporary pen, alongside the one on the cap

(Image credit: Marc Newson)

the art of using writing instruments itself was the inspiration for his design

‘Like a lot of people doing my job, we use pens all the time, and pens are the way that I choose to connect with the world,’ says Newson, noting how the art of using writing instruments itself was the inspiration for his design

(Image credit: Marc Newson)

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.