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Paperclip fruit bowl project.

The original and colourful paperclip fruit bowl 2015 collection is hand crafted from paperclips to create a beautiful interior object.

Paperclip fruit bowl project.

The original and colourful paperclip fruit bowl 2015 collection is hand crafted from paperclips to create a beautiful interior object.

£35
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1
backer
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 4 2015 1:02 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hello and welcome to my kickstarter project. This project involves transforming mundane steel wire paperclips to create objects of decorative beauty and usefulness.

I would love to use kickstarter for 32 days to try and raise £12000 to help fund:

*The launch of the paperclip fruit bowl 2015 collection, and the batch production development of my project.

*The costs of participating in one or more design shows/exhibitions in 2015.

*Rent a new studio space. 

What is a Paperclip fruit bowl?

The paperclip fruit bowl is an elegant design solution that is sculptural, original, practical and functional. This simple, yet complex design will display its beauty on any office, coffee or kitchen dining table. The paperclips appear to be "suspended", "frozen", "fluid" and "floating" in air. People seeing the paperclip fruit bowl for the first time might think the structure of the design is going to collapse, but this will not happen. There will be some flexibility or springiness in the design, but all the paperclips are welded and will not come apart or break.

If you are looking for something completely different, this designer paperclip fruit bowl will make a perfect gift.  The design is surprisingly sturdy in its construction and is strong enough to contain citrus fruits like oranges.

In addition, you can also clip messages on the paperclip fruit bowl. You might like to write a message to tell someone you love them. People will definitely be curious and admire this stylish and fashionable object they have never seen before.

The paperclip fruit bowl story...

Paperclip fruit bowl at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Alvsjo,Sweden.
Paperclip fruit bowl at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Alvsjo,Sweden.

The very simple steel wire paperclips can end up being wasted and unused. When I began this project, I explored some of the innovative and creative ways of re using/ recycling or up-cycling the paperclips as a material to create a range of unique handmade designer objects. One of the objects I created and developed was the paperclip fruit bowl.

The idea behind this project is to create “something from nothing”. Every designer paperclip fruit bowl is hand made with a labour of love, soul, attention to detail, craftsmanship and patience by the designer.

The very first paperclip fruit bowl designs were made as very large one-off pieces. At a later stage the designs were batched produced in very small amounts in medium sizes. The  batch production of the paperclip fruit bowls was a one man operation. In the past, the paperclip fruit bowls were usually sold direct to the public at pop-up events, markets, Christmas fairs,  Design shows and exhibitions in London, UK.

In February 2011 and 2012 the paperclip fruit bowl was sold for the very first time in Sweden for 5 days at the Stockholm furniture Fair with Designboom mart. The paperclip fruit bowls were really admired at this exhibition, and one lovely Swedish lady even bought 20 paperclip fruit bowls for her design shop in Stockholm.

I have sometimes felt like giving up on this project as I struggled to fund it in London and take it to the next level, but in my heart of hearts I can't quit. The positive feedback I got from all the Swedish customers who viewed or bought the paperclip fruit bowl inspired me to keep on going with batch producing the paperclip bowls. So I decided to launch the paperclip fruit bowl 2015 collection.

Paperclip fruit bowls will be shaped, welded, and stove enamelled in London, UK.

All the paperclip fruit bowls are hand made in London, UK. Each piece takes around one hour to completely make by hand. The process  involves making a paperclip interconnected flexible mesh and then welding all the points to making a rigid and sturdy structure.

For the first batch production run in 2015, I will be making 350 medium size, 100 large size, and 100 small size paperclip bowls for the pledge rewards.

I have already made 150 interconnected paperclip meshes so far, and some of the bowls were welded and stove enamalled in February 2015. I  will work hard with some extra help to finish all the paperclip fruit bowls.

The paperclip bowls are made in:

Large size: 40 x 40 x 12 cm approx.

Medium size: 29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.  Weight: 130 grams

Small size: 21 x 21 x 7 cm.

The paperclip fruit bowl collection 2015 will be available in stove enamelled colours of: Yellow, Orange, Red, Lime green, White, Pink, Purple, Turquoise, and Black.  The stove enamelling will be done with a power coating company just outside London. I hope to have a stove enamelled gold limited edition version that will be signed and numbered.

I am also looking into the possibility of Gold plating and Silver plating the paperclip fruit bowls as limited edition pieces. I will offer the designs as "Stretch goal rewards" if this project raises over £20000.

For this kickstarter project, a completely new and faster process of batch producing the paperclip fruit bowl will be used. This process will be better at simultaneously welding/soldering all the paperclips all at the same time at once. I have already tested this process and I am very happy that it works. This process is a lot better than the old and very slow method I originally used in the past to weld/solder all the paperclips one by one. In the past, I looked at other methods like laser welding and induction heat welding to produce the original paperclip bowl, but these processes were very expensive.

When you pledge and pre-order your reward in kickstarter, you will become the proud owner of the original paperclip fruit bowl 2015 collection. The design should be handled with great care. Please note that the design is sturdy enough to take the weight of fruits like oranges on a table (Other fruits like a water melon will be too heavy and big for the fruit bowl).

Please avoid dropping the design on the floor and please do not put the paperclip fruit bowl inside the dishwasher or wash it in running water under a tap. It is best to keep the object as dry as possible and avoid damp/ moist conditions. You can remove any dust or dirt away with soft cloth. Please note that this object is not a toy and should be kept away from young children.

How will I use the Kickstarter funding?

As a kickstarter backer, you will have a chance to pre-order the paperclip fruit bowl 2015 collection that I will first batch produce between January - May 2015 at a good pre-order price. With your kind support and keen interest in backing my kickstater project you are pre-ordering for one paperclip fruit bowl as a pledge reward.

If the funding goal of £12000 (or more), the money will help fund some of the costs to participate in some exhibitions/ design shows:

Tent London. 24 – 27th September 2015

*( 2.5 m x 2m ) =5 sqm stand. 5 sqm x £230 per sqm = £1150 + VAT @ 20% =£1380  *This is the stand I wish to take.

10 sqm stand.10sqm x £230 per sqm = £2300 + VAT @ 20% = £2760

15sqm stand cost £230 per sqm =£3 450 + VAT @ 20% =£4140

Made London. The Design & Craft Fair. 22-25th October 2015.

2m x 1m stand = £799.50 inc VAT @ 20% (Deadline for Application is 31st March 2015)

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. 9-13th February 2016.

If I manage to raise any extra money over the funding goal I will plan to try and exhibit for a third time in Alsvjo, Stockholm, Sweden.

My dream is to take my project to the next level and the pre – orders will help to cover some of the costs of materials, production, packaging and dispatching of the paperclip fruit bowl to you.

The most expensive part of this project will definitely be the welding and stove enamelling process. 

The funding will also help with the costs of :

Pop-up Paperclip fruit bowl shop stall
Pop-up Paperclip fruit bowl shop stall

* Running the paperclip Pop-up shop stall on most Saturdays in 2015 at Spitalfields market, in London, UK, until Christmas 2015. It will cost £50 every Saturday for 4 months (Jan - April), and £60 (May - August) and £70 (September - December 2015). The total cost will be around £2880 for the year. (This excludes storage cost, transportation, food, etc)

* Rent a new studio space in London, UK. (If any extra money is raised over the funding goal). I am also thinking about employing a design assistant or intern to help with new design projects in the future.

Production Time Line.

March 2015: Launch of kickstarter project for 32 days.

April 2015: After the Kickstarter campaign ends and if the project funding goal is achieved, a survey will be sent by e-mail to you. You will need to answer the questionnaire and provide your contact details. You will need to choose and confirm the size and colour for the paperclip fruit bowl you want.

After the end of the campaign it will take about two weeks for kickstarter to process and collect all the money from the backers.

Meanwhile, I will be working very hard on the second stage of the batch production process and welding up all of the paperclip flexible meshes. 

The third stage of the production process is to complete the stove enamelling of all the bowls. This done professionally at the power coating workshop. This may take time to complete and is also the most expensive part of my project that will need some funding.

May / June 2015. All the paperclip fruit bowls are dispatched to Kickstarter backers by the end of May and June 2015.

September/October 2015. I plan to exhibit my work with an installation of objects made from paperclip, and other products at either one or more of the design shows listed below:

Tent London. 24 – 27th September 2015

Made London. The Design & Craft Fair. 22-25th October 2015.

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. 9-13th February 2016.

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                      The Rewards.

You can pledge for any of the rewards shown below to help fund this Kickstarter project. Thank you.

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A set of 10 limited edition Post cards prints.

Pledge £8 or more...

You will receive a set of 10 limited edition Post cards prints featuring the original paperclip fruit bowls and paperclip dresses. Plus a Thank you note signed and dated by designer.

Post card size:105 mm x 148 mm

£8 / about 10.97 Euros / about $12.31

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Small size paperclip fruit bowl.

Plegde £16 or more...

You will receive 1 original 2015 Small paperclip fruit bowl in the stove enamelled colour of your choice in Yellow, Orange, Pink,Lime green, Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, and Red.

Small size: 21 x 21 x 7 cm.

£16 / about 21.93 Euros / about $24.62

RRP £25

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Medium sized Siver Paperclip fruit bowl with multi-coloured paperclips.

Pledge £20 or more.

You will receive 1 Original 2015 Medium Silver paperclip fruit bowl with some multi-coloured paperclips shown in the photo above.

Made from 220 paperclips.
29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

130 grams.

£20 / about 27.44 Euros / about $30.79

 RRP £35.

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The Original Silver coloured Medium Size Paperclip fruit bowl.

Pledge £20 or more...

You will receive 1 Original 2015 Medium Silver paperclip fruit bowl.
Made from 220 paperclips.
29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

Weight:130 grams.

£20 / about 27.44 Euros / about $30.79

RRP £35

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Pink coloured Paperclip fruit bowl.
Pink coloured Paperclip fruit bowl.
Black, orange, yellow, pink, lime green and turquoise coloured paperclip fruit bowls.
Black, orange, yellow, pink, lime green and turquoise coloured paperclip fruit bowls.

Medium Coloured Paperclip fruit bowl.

Pledge £25 or more.

You will receive 1 original 2015 paperclip fruit bowl in the stove enamelled colour of your choice in Yellow, Orange, Pink, Lime green, Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, and Red.

You will get the first batch production run of the coloured stove enamelled paperclip fruit bowls in 2015.

Made from 220 paperclips.
29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

Weight: 130 grams

RRP £35

£25 / about 34.27 Euros / about $38.48

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Gold Limited edition Medium size Paperclip fruit bowl.

Pledge £27 or more...

Gold stove enamelled medium size paperclip fruit bowl signed and number by designer.

Made from 220 paperclips. 29 x 29 x 8 cm approx. 130 grams

RRP £35

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Large size bowl in plain silver and Red colour in middle of image.
Large size bowl in plain silver and Red colour in middle of image.

Large paperclip fruit bowl.

Pledge £55 or more.

Large size: 40 x 40 x 12 cm approx.

You will receive 1 Large original 2015 Paperclip fruit bowl in stove enamelled colour of your choice in Yellow, Orange, Pink, Lime green, Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, and Red.

Or in plain silver paperclips.

£55 / about 75.38 Euros / about $84.64

RRP £70

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Multi-coloured paperclip outfit shown on second model.
Multi-coloured paperclip outfit shown on second model.

Multi coloured paperclip art dress.

1 multi coloured paperclip art dress all made out of paperclips. You can hang it on the wall ( with hanger provided) as a work of art and clip on some messages. If you wish to wear it you can wear a black outfit underneath (Recommended). Stand out from the crowd with the paperclip dress at parties and events...

£100 / about 137.05 Euros / about $153.89

Pledge £100 or more.

RRP £200

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About the Designer.

I work as a freelance designer and I am currently based in London, England. In the past, I have worked on various design projects and also collaborated with an award winning British upholstery furniture manufacturer to produce one of my furniture designs. Some of my designs have been exhibited at design shows in London, Paris, Tokyo, Milan, and Stockholm. Please feel free to have a look at my website to see examples of my experience and other design projects I have done.

www.designedbychiji.com

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or want to help me out you can contact me via my kickstarter project e-mail or info@designedbychiji.com.

Thank you for showing keen interest with my kickstarter project. Please help spread the word and share this kickstarter project via social media to people you know.

Chiji

Risks and challenges

I have alreadly completed a small part of this project and made 150 interconnected paperclip meshes. Some of the bowls were welded and stove enamalled in February 2015. I will work hard to finish making all the paperclip fruit bowls.

The second stage of the batch production process is to finish welding up the remaining paperclip bowls. This part of the project will take some time and I will be getting some help to speed up the process up between March - May 2015.

The production delays might occur with the stove enamelling if the Powder coating factory is very busy with other customer orders. I will work on the packaging and dispatching all the rewards after the Kickstarter campaign is finished. I believe this project should be problem free and will be delivered on time. If there are any problems or delays I will let all the Kickstarter backer know.

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    You will receive a set of 10 limited edition Post cards prints featuring the original paperclip fruit bowls. Plus a Thank you note signed and dated by designer.

    Post card size:105 mm x 148 mm

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    You will receive 1 original 2015 Small paperclip fruit bowl in the stove enamelled colour of your choice in Yellow, Orange, Pink,Lime green, Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, Red.

    Small size: 21 x 21 x 7 cm.

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    You will receive 1 Original 2015 Medium Silver paperclip fruit bowl with some multi-coloured paperclips.

    Made from 220 paperclips.
    29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

    130 grams.

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    You will receive 1 Original 2015 Medium Silver paperclip fruit bowl.
    Made from 220 paperclips.
    29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

    Weight:130 grams.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Medium Coloured paperclip fruit bowl.

    You will receive 1 original 2015 paperclip fruit bowl in the stove enamelled colour of your choice in Yellow, Orange, Pink,Lime green, Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, Red.

    You will get the first batch production run of the coloured stove enamelled paperclip fruit bowls in 2015.

    Made from 220 paperclips.
    29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

    Weight: 130 grams

    RRP £35

    £25 / about 34.27 Euros / about $38.48

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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    You will receive 1 Original 2015 Limited edition Gold coloured Stove enamelled Medium size Paperclip fruit bowl. Signed and numbered by the designer.

    Made from 220 paperclips.
    29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.
    Weight:130 grams

    £30 / about 41.12 Euros / about $46.16

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    Medium Coloured paperclip fruit bowl.

    You will receive 1 original 2015 paperclip fruit bowl in the stove enamelled colour of your choice in yellow, orange, pink, lime green, black, white, purple, turquoise, red.

    You will get the Second batch production run of the coloured stove enamelled paperclip fruit bowls in 2015.

    Made from 220 paperclips.
    29 x 29 x 8 cm approx.

    Weight: 130 grams

    £30 / about 41.12 Euros / about $46.16

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    Pledge £55 or more About $69

    Large paperclip fruit bowl.

    Large size: 40 x 40 x 12 cm approx.

    You will receive 1 Large original 2015 Paperclip fruit bowl in stove enamelled colour of your choice in Yellow, Orange, Pink, Lime green, Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, Red.

    Or in plain silver paperclips.

    £55 / about 75.38 Euros / about $84.64

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    1 multi coloured paperclip art dress all made out of paperclips. You can hang it on the wall as a work of art and clip on some messages. If you wish to wear it you can wear a black outfit underneath.

    £100 / about 137.05 Euros / about $153.89

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