When the pencil takes its livery
DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK
IN COLLAB WITH HUGO DUCHATEAU
Since time immemorial, the pencil has been in livery.It obediently serves the hand of its master, be he the a ist who gives his spontaneous impulses free rein, the designer who uninhibitedly launches his ideas, the philosopher who makes notes in the margins of his books, … The pencil sits on the table in silence. It does not protest, it never expresses its own opinion, it seems satisfied with its existence in the shadows. Occasionally, a manufacturer will give it a new jacket, one a bit more fancily decorated or somewhat more flamboyant. But it remains a liveried servant. Hugo Duchateau and Roel Vandebeek have changed all that.The pencil dictates, the a ists have given shape to its stories. The servant becomes the master, and the master the servant. Then we see how rich the hidden life of the pencil really is.