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Caran d’Ache + Klein Blue®: a collaboration celebrating the wide blue yonder


Since 1915, Caran d’Ache has radiated its love for colour through outstanding writing and drawing instruments. Today, the Geneva-based company unveils art in its purest form with the limited edition Caran d’Ache + Klein Blue® collection. A celebration of one of the most prolific artists of his generation, Caran d'Ache’s unique hundred year old expertise and know-how brings this new collection to life.

Caran d’Ache and Yves Klein are inextricably linked in many ways. Sharing a fascination for colour and desire to express themselves through drawing and writing, their individual quests are one and the same: to celebrate the gestures, thoughts and personality of the artist.
Passion for colour in its purest form

Yves Klein is an enduring source of inspiration for generations, and his vision of art and world-famous monochromes continue to mark history. His monumental work infuses colour with a spiritual dimension, and his unique blue that he coined IKB (International Klein Blue) remains distinctive among all others. Characterised by its deep, abstract colour, Yves Klein Blue is a highly saturated ultramarine shade that calls to mind the wide blue yonder.
Hailed for this blue, Yves Klein also adopted various means of expression, both writing with fountain or ballpoint pens and drawing with colour or graphite pencils. This boundless creativity is embraced by Caran d’Ache, who has successfully provided anyone and everyone with a wide range of tools, shades and colours across generations.

The Yves Klein archives, making Caran d’Ache capable of illustrating the depth of IKB, have acknowledged this expertise. Seven of the Geneva-based company’s iconic products are adorned with his infinite blue for the original limited-edition collection Caran d’Ache + Klein Blue®.

An encounter between seven icons and infinite blue 

Seven iconic Caran d’Ache products will be transformed to commemorate Yves Klein’s legacy. The collection celebrates creativity in all its forms, with a tool for every use. A collection in which the beauty and power of ultramarine is intertwined with the know-how of Caran d’Ache to pay the most touching homage to Yves Klein.
Stationery fanatics will be delighted to discover the graphite pencils will be enwrapped in the artist’s blue, available as a set of four or individually for the maxi pencils.
The iconic sharpening machine will also be dressed in the legendary blue for the occasion with a limited edition totaling 5,000 articles.
The indispensable 849 ballpoint pen will don the deep blue and wear the artist’s mark. Presented in an ever-lasting metal box, the pen comes equipped with a rechargeable Goliath ink cartridge.
The Fixpencil will also get the Yves Klein treatment, so professional creative spirits amongst us can enjoy the artistic metamorphosis of Caran d’Ache products. Thanks to its water-soluble blue lead combined with graphite B lead, creatives will be able to draw in the legendary blue. Created in 1929, the aluminium Fixpencil is ideal for spontaneous sketching, details and shading in grey and colour.
The Haute Ecriture Léman instruments will be reimagined in Yves Klein’s image. Caran d'Ache’s crafts people will use their unparalleled mastery of lacquery to envelope the matte body of the Léman ballpoint pens and fountain pens in the ultramarine shade.
Together these two instruments boast the delicate finish and curved lines that offer unbeatable writing comfort, with a modern twist. With an 18-carat gold nib, the fountain pen is presented in an elegant case together with an accompanying ink bottle.
© bpk / Charles Wilp
© bpk / Charles Wilp

About Yves Klein

Born in Nice in 1928, Yves Klein’s first love was judo. In 1954, he began to focus on art in earnest and set out on his “monochrome adventure”. Driven by the idea of “freeing colour from the prison of the production line”, Yves Klein turned to monochromes as he believed these are the only means of painting, which allows us to “see the visible aspect of the absolute”.
In his quest for immaterialness and the infinite, Yves Klein adopted ultramarine as his vehicle. This bluer than blue shade, that he named “IKB” (International Klein Blue), radiates a, colour vibration that not only catches the eye of the spectator; but allows the mind to see with the eyes.
Between May 1954 and 6 June 1962, the date of his death, Yves Klein consumed his life to create a flamboyant work which marked his era and continues to shine bright today.

 

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