Giha Woo’s “Twisted Pencil”

South Korean product designer Giha Woo, known for his uber-abstract minimalist conceptual style, gets back to basics with this year’s miniature art forms doubling as both pencil-holding pencil vases and simple conversation pieces: an unassuming little collection called Twisted Pencil.  Woo bends colored wooden pencils into open cubes for fully functional or strictly visual use, saying it “conveys aesthetic value with a nuance of amusement by expressing the relations between the two things – pencil and pencil vase.” We’re betting Woo believes the answer to the “chicken or egg” question is rather immaterial.