French luxury manufacturer S.T.Dupont’s Lucky 8 Collection with the artistry of Kostas Metaxas is a tasteful blend of eclectic design and expert engineering.
A self-taught polymath inspired by technology, Metaxas brings his eye for craftsmanship to the passion of Maison S.T.Dupont. Metaxas’ work combines the precision of fine engineering with the flowing explorations of art – what he calls ‘visual music’. His inspirations are eclectic, and his work with Lucky 8 surpasses all expectations. His passion has inspired him to create the world’s first skeleton writing instrument and lighter.
The Lucky 8 Ligne 2: Metal like flame
Metaxas’ imagining of the famous Ligne 2 adds artistry to metal. Shaped cut-outs evocative of that entertainment promise, the deck of cards, offer a tantalising peek into the inner world of the lighter with contrasting metals used for the inner and outer creation: two pieces of art in one.
The Lucky 8 Fountain Pen and Roller: Sculpture as writing instrument
With any normal pen, the experience stops at the surface. But Metaxas’ vision for the Lucky 8 writing instrument turns a 2-D surface into a 3-D sculpture, evoking a shimmering transparency that lets you look into the heart of the creation. Forged from durable metal, yet seemingly delicate as lace, a world normally closed to the onlooker is opened up, revealing tantalising flashes of the mechanism inside.
In two luxurious finishes
In another echo of Metaxas’ inside-out, outside-in design innovation, the collection is available in two finishes: Bronze inside wrapped in a palladium exterior or bronze internals with a yellow gold outside. All are adorned with Metaxas’ own logo. Both answer his objective, which is to give life to an object which has never existed before.
Production is limited to 288 numbered pieces, each hand made to order.