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Giuliano Mazzuoli

What do bicycles have to do with pens? Nothing. There is only a memory that makes me feel a particular bond with the Offcina line (“offcina” means mechanical workshop in Italian). The picture is from 1923 and the little girl in the picture is my mother. My grandfather Renato had a mechanical workshop with lathes and cutters with which he built handcrafted bicycles. At the beginning of the 1950s, with the advent of motorcycles in a hilly terrain like ours, the activity became obsolete and end- ed. A few years later, when I was about ten

years old, I found and kept an old wooden box with metal objects that had a strange form. For some years afterward, it was a treasure that I tried keeping secret. In November 1999 I found myself in a modern mechanical workshop and while I was looking around I saw the same objects. Forty years later they still fascinated me with their beautiful shapes and I wanted to let others appreciate them not as mechanical tools and so “Offcina, Writing Instruments” were born.