The Lamy Noto Pen – An Unsung Hero

lamy noto pen by naoto fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa – The man behind the Lamy Noto pen

At first glance, the Lamy Noto pen is a simple plastic ballpoint – in fact it is the cheapest Lamy pen we sell. But look a little closer, and you will see this pen is definitely more than the sum of its parts.  It was designed by award-winning Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, who is known for his stripped-back design aesthetic.

Naoto Fukasawa

Other work

He has designed bathrooms, furniture, lighting, electronics and clothing, and you’ve probably seen some of his work in Muji – he designed their wall-mounted CD player, paper shredder, and more recently a kettle, toaster and rice cooker.  Fukasawa has won over 70 international awards, including the Japan Good design award, IDEA awards, 21 IF design awards, a Red Dot award, and a D&AD award, amongst others . His Muji wall mounted CD player, humidifier for Plus Minus Zero (Fukasawa’s own design brand), and Infobar and Neon mobile phones for Japanese telecoms brand KDDI all have a place in the MOMA permanent design collection.

kettle by naoto fukasawa
Muji Kettle
toaster by naoto fukasawa
Muji Toaster
rice cooker by naoto fukasawa
Muji Rice Cooker

What makes the Noto?

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The Lamy Noto 283

The Lamy Noto is a pen reduced to the essentials. Its triangular barrel sits comfortably in the hand, and its matte surface offers a non-slip grip. The lapel clip is a clean slice out of the body of the pen, seamlessly blending into the overall silhouette. The Noto is a push-button style ballpoint, but the action is completely silent – no irritating clicking noises with this slick design.  It is available in two styles; the Noto 282 in white and black, as well as in four colours (white, black, navy and anthracite) with a silver coloured grip section (the Noto 283).

Branded

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A branded Lamy Noto pen

Its softly triangular shape means it can be branded with your company logo on the body or the clip. Lamy’s commitment to sustainability means all their products are repairable, and refillable. The Lamy Noto pen comes with a medium refill as standard, but takes Lamy M16 giant refills in fine, medium or broad sizes; these are known as ‘giant’ refills because they will write for an astonishing 10,000m!

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