Airflow Ballpoint Pen

  • Tiffany & Co. Streamerica Collection
  • Stainless Steel Airflow Collection
  • Ballpoint Pen with refill #404
  • Releassed 1993
  • Made in Switzerland.
  • Retail Price $295 US dollars.

Tiffany & Co. introduced the Streamerica collection of accessories and watches in 1990 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its New York headquarters.

Tiffany & Co.’s Streamerica is inspired by the aerodynamic principles of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the Streamlined designed collection evolved from the profile of a DC-3 wing and the bolted metal sheeting of airplane construction.  Steel and Industry symbolize America’s aspirations for progress and prosperity.  A Timeless expression of Man’s fascination with speed and technology – and his desire to forge a better tomorrow. 

Streamerica is a ground-breaking collection. Never before has Tiffany featured steel as a luxury material, but no other material could convey such a powerful message of contemporary sophistication and masculinity.

The Tiffany & Co. Streamerica Airflow Ballpoint pen is one of those pieces that will be used daily from this collection in stainless steel.  Heavy and thick due to its design and materials, it’s a pleasure to use.  The clip is engraved Tiffany & Co.  The Pen opens by unscrewing it and can be refilled with any #404 Pen Refills or with the Original Recharge Stylo Bille, from Tiffany & Co. #404, these came in Black and in Blue Inks, in Fine width.

Detailed Photos of Streamerica Airflow Ballpoint Pen.

Tiffany Streamerica Ballpoint Pen with many years of usage.

The writing pen’s refill (Recharge Stylo Bille) #404 from Tiffany & Co. in Blue and also in Black, Fine.

A view of the Pen opened.

Photos of the two refills I purchased in Black and Blue Fine.  Recharge Stylo Bille #404.

Although not featured in many of the collection’s photographs, ads or editorials, it was featured predominantly in the regular Blue Book catalogs that were issued by Tiffany & Co. on a seasonal basis each year and for many years to come. Two of such clippings are shown below:

A Clipping from Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Catalog of the 1990’s. It retailed for $295.

Another Clipping from Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Catalog of the 1990’s. It retailed for $295. 

Each piece in the Streamerica line is designed to complement each other to form a cohesive statement in stainless steel. The Ballpoint Pen is part of the Airflow writing collection that includes an Dipping Pen, Ink Blotter and Ink well or bottle, but can be used without any of these items, since its a stand alone product.  It was later reproduced in Sterling Silver in 2002.

Neiman Marcus featured a small story in one of it’s the Book Magazine/Catalogs later on in which it discusses Jorg Hysek as the designer for a new collection of writing instruments for Meta Design.  Some of the designs look very similar to this ballpoint pen, mainly in its shape.  Jorg Hysek is credited for designing the Streamerica collection of wristwatches and personal accessories. 

 

 

 

Neiman Marcus the Book Promo piece on Jorg Hysek Meta Design Pen Collection.  He was the original designer of the concept for the Streamerica line. Similarities can be seen in these writing instruments.