Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stainless Stapling

I purchased this stapler from MOMA so long ago I can't even remember when. Made of polished stainless steel, the Folle 26 Stapler has a wonderfully restrained appearance and the solid heft of a real, functional machine. Its straightforward linear form is designed in the modern tradition and yet because of its rich materials and quality construction, hints at earlier era — something stylish you'd find in a desk drawer of your Parisian atelier. I love its monolithic metallic appearance and spare, structured form — a straightforward linear block with a circular head emphasizing the business end. A clearly etched arrow points to a sliding button on it's side that allows it to be opened up and loaded; while a spring-loaded button on the bottom lets you rotate the striking plate so that the staples can be splayed out rather than bend in on themselves for certain applications (which I have never really needed). It works flawlessly although I'll admit I only staple an handful of times a year — mostly around tax time. The Folle 26 Stapler is in the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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