Philipp Mainzer’s Pen tray is part of a collection of e15 accessories that made their debut in early 2014. Already much celebrated for its furniture designs in solid wood, e15 was eager to expand its offerings with objects of a smaller scale that feature the similar attention to aesthetics and workmanship.
The Pen tray seems to be the result of the designer’s revisiting the possible uses for his Ito tray design from 2004. Ito – developed as a low profile tray – was re-imagined as a low-profile “container” into which modular compartments like the Pen tray could be added allowing the user to organize small accessory items. This conceptual treatment of a low-profile container has several precedents in the 20th century – to illustrate various expressions of this concept we’ve included some images of Bruno Munari’s Canarie for Danese, Pio Manzu’s Desk Container for Kartell, and Barbierei + Marianelli’s Slim for Rexite. Unlike these examples that successfully explored the modular insert concept in metal and plastic, Mainzer’s Pen tray is novel with its composition in wood. Available in two sizes, these fit perfectly within the Ito tray and are sufficiently sculptural with their exquisitely articulated convex surface that either could be enjoyed independently outside of the context of a repository tray. Each size is available in a choice of European oiled oak or walnut. The juxtaposition of the natural wood within the context of an Ito tray in powder-coated color or polished metal finish is remarkable.
In addition to the Pen trays in wood, Mainzer has also created a super-luxe narrow insert in polished brass – its slim profile is suitable for supporting a single pen or pencil.
Born in Germany, Philipp Mainzer studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and architecture at the Architectural Association both in London. In 1995 Philipp Mainzer co-founded the modern furniture brand e15. Having established the progressive, enduring philosophy and unique branding of e15, he has received international awards for many of his designs, which are identifying icons for e15 and part of several permanent exhibitions in museums. Parallel to the creation of e15, Philipp Mainzer practiced architecture in New York and continues to do so since his return to Germany in 2001. He is a member of the executive committee of German Design Council and regularly gives lectures on architecture, design, and branding. Philipp Mainzer is creative and managing director of e15 and his architecture office PHILIPP MAINZER OFFICE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN.
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