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With KOSMOS, the aim was to create the most beautiful pen for everyday life. Every detail and function was considered to create a unique magnetic pen mechanism, which hides and reveals the ball cartridge by moving the front bush and back bush.

The word “cosmos” refers to an empty room with the potential for creations – like a pen with an empty sheet of paper. We see the brain as a cosmos with billions of connections and elements. Within this room lies the ability to create something extraordinary, only with the support of thoughts. A sparkling idea – the Big Bang – can be put down on paper with a pen to strike new paths and create something new. This cosmos is reflected in the design of our writing utensil. 

The bush parts appear to levitate over the shank and hold in position by balanced forces. Shifting the bush parts back and forth reveals or hides the ball pen cartridge. In order to realise this intuitive design, every detail and function of writing utensils was questioned. 

The result is a unique mechanism based on magnetic principles, which gives the pen different appearances in the writing and the idle position. A universal pattern of nature perfects this minimalist design – the golden ratio, which is applied in the proportions of the pen and its packaging.

A very robust and light aluminium alloy was chosen to ensure durability and a comfortable writing experience with continuous use. The matte surface provides a better grip and prevents fingerprints. A wear-free mechanism gives an instant visual feedback as to whether the pen is in writing or idle position. The small selection of pen colours will suit the personal preference of creators. KOSMOS is the pen rewritten.


Christoph Bohrer, Alexander  Schmitke, Martin Wagner


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