|Pen yours for an ink-redible US$42 000|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 12:00|
“It’s an awful lot of money to spend on a pen but, with the amount of work and the quality of the materials, consumers are actually getting good value for money.
“Believe it or not, there are people prepared to pay a lot of money for luxury items — the irony is I can’t afford one of these pens myself.”
Mr Row works out of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter after graduating from Birmingham City University’s prestigious School of Jewellery three years ago. His wallet-stretching work is now being sold in high-end shops all over the world, including the Netherlands and the U.S. while in the Middle East his writing instruments are popular with other exclusive clientele who have commissioned their own bespoke versions. He designed the prototype for his ‘Architect’ pen, inspired by the famous Gherkin building, during the final year of his degree in jewellery and silversmith design for industry.
He said: “The university always encouraged us to be entrepreneurial. In these economic times, it’s not just about being a skilled craftsman, you have to have good ideas to survive.
“I wanted to create a collection of functional items that could be valued as much as objects d’art as fine jewellery or writing instruments. I hope they will appeal to discerning, design conscious individuals and collectors who wish to invest in exclusive British design and craftsmanship.”
While still a student, Mr Row took his prototype to Harrods as part of a research project to gain feedback and was stunned when bosses at the posh store decided to market it.
The pen is one of several designs from Mr Row’s Architect collection, which includes cufflinks starting at £3 500. — Daily Mail