Smiley® 50th Anniversary

Artist’s Edition



Available to ship by Wednesday 24 July

Most know Smiley® as the leading light in an expanding cast of digital characters, but past roles as a symbol of peace, partying and counterculture have given it a resumé rarely achieved in graphic design. Simple and direct, our essential ZERO silhouette heightens Smiley’s powers of positivity. A collaboration with André Saraiva salutes the design icon’s jubilee year in editions of 365. Take the time to smile!

Material: Resin
Trim: IP Palladium
Nib: 14k Gold
Filling system: Cartridge, Converter
Packaging: Special
Included: Converter, Ink Bottle (50ml)
Length: 143 mm
Diameter: 14.0 mm
Weight: 32.00 gr



In 1972, a journalist at France-Soir had the idea of using a yellow smiley face to tag the day’s good-news stories. The practice caught on. Fifty years later, Smiley® is an icon and a global byword for positivity.

A special one-off anniversary edition uses art by André Saraiva to celebrate five decades of positive vibes. Bright yellow graffiti script translates “Prenez le temps de sourire” – the original banner that greeted readers in 1972.

Artistic subversion has always been a part of the Smiley® oeuvre. Here, a spray-paint icon cap and hand-enamelled slogan lend a smile to the enigmatic ZERO. Edition number and artist’s signature are engraved in metal.

An extra dose of happiness greets fountain pen users every day: a beaming smile is engraved into a custom 14K yellow gold nib. Fuel it – and your imagination – with a complimentary bottle of special-edition Smiley® ink.

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