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Bauhaus Series: Unibody titanium key-carabiner by Más Design. Putting the soul back into traditional carabiner design.

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

I would like to express my appreciation to all of you for the overwhelming support !!!  From beginning to end, the response from you all have been phenomenal,  especially all you last minute procrastinators, thanks for making it an exciting the last-minute rally.   I nearly had a heart attack!  You kept me hopping and typing emails until the very end :]   But as exciting as this may be, it's only the beginning of many more exciting designs to come.  I am just getting warmed up.  But before I get lost in the world of design, I will concentrate on getting this project fulfilled, and in your hands in a few months.  For those of you who missed out, send me an email, and I will try to fit you in right behind our our list of backers.

Special thanks to: 

ALL OF YOU for spreading the words, and COTTON LOVE STUDIOS http://cottonlovestudios.com/  for their wonderful work on the video.  A creative team of wedding photographers and video experts, who were able to breathe some life into this project.  They were able to work with limitations like you wouldn't believe.  Check out their work.  Thanks guys!  

Bauhaus Series / Titanium Carabiners

Hi everyone, Sunny here with my second design project!  

In this project I took on the challenge of minimizing the minimal.  Carabiners are very popular for it's utility, but unfortunately it also looks very utilitarian, and one of the most common complaints I hear, is how ugly they look.  I'm trying to change that.

I designed a collection of TITANIUM carabiners & accessories that's attractive to carry and use everyday for light weight items, and could double as a keychain.  I wanted the design to be modern, functionally minimal, pure, made from superior materials that last a life time, yet still affordable.....and so I created this Bauhaus Series accessories collection.

{added as requested : NEW PLEDGES}

{As requested} Customized USB 2.0 THUMB DRIVE by MÀS DESIGN available in 16GB and 32GB capacity.   They will be available as limited edition flash drives for this Kickstarter Project, in response to your request.  These will be laser etched with minimal marking to accompany the Bauhaus Series items, but they will look good no matter where you put them.   I will keep the engraving as close to the above images as possible.  There will also be CE /FCC marking, but they will be minimized.   I will determine this during the engraving sessions. These USB drives will have genuine TOSHIBA flash modules from a reputable suppliers.  For those who choose to buy these online, they are available under HP and PNY brand name for a few bucks less.  But please beware, from researching these online for the past 2 weeks, there are low grade flashes all over the place.  A lot of low grade counterfeits components too, which will die after a few months, so be extra cautious when looking for thumb drives on the net.   Common guideline...if they look too good to be true, they usually are.

STRETCH GOALS!

You can call it a stretch goal if you like, but I would prefer to call it a bonus "Thank You" to all the backers that have and is pushing this project forward.

For all backers who's pledge include a carabiner (of any type), I will include ONE FreeKey by Drosselmeyer / Exotac (www.drosselmeyer.se) and designed by Erik von Schoultz.

Designed in Sweden and manufactured in the USA from high-grade stainless steel, FreeKey rings eliminate the always challenging operation of a traditional key ring by opening with the simple press of the ring. Featuring a brilliant and simple design FreeKey rings achieve enhanced ease of operation by introducing a strategically placed bump in one of the ring loops - essentially creating a pivot that allows the end of the ring to lift when the ring is pressed

This is a simple product that captured my attention a while back, and I believe, would make a perfect addition to this project!

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I will also include a new pledge level for these FreeKey as well:

FreeKey [x2] - for $10

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So, for all a backers that have included a BAUHAUS carabiner of any type in their pledge, will also receive ONE FreeKey, as an added thank you. I believe it would be an excellent companion to the Titanium key-carabiner. If you did NOT select a carabiner in your pledge, you also have the option of selecting this pledge as an add-on.

PHILOSOPHY & INSPIRATION

The Bauhaus and its underlying philosophy firmly establish what we term today as “industrial design”. It stripped away superfluous decorations, leaving only clean lines of function. Bauhaus gave birth to the fundamental of minimalism with emphasis first on function followed my design aesthetics. The Bauhaus ushered in the modern era of design, and ultimately became the symbol of modern design.

Bauhaus fundamentals pushes us to think outside the box and infuse design aesthetics that primarily emphasize the function of the product, followed by it's form. The design aesthetics must be minimized, leaving behind only elements that supplement the overall usefulness or quality of the item.

With this premise set in mind, and following the principle of “less but better” of Dieter Rams, the carabiners in this Bauhaus series were created specifically for carrying low weight items such as keys and personal accessories, that will be carried on your person, daily.

FROM PHILOSOPHY TO DESIGN

After researching the origin, and evolution of the Bauhaus ideology, along with following the principles of good design taught by Dieter Rams, I hit the drawing board.  

This collection precipitated from the revision of over 500 designs, that were drawn, tested and minimized. The design is deceptively simple, but quite difficult to conceive. I had nightmares about carabiners for 2 weeks :]  The design is distinctive, and unorthodox, yet clean and simple.  All unnecessary elements were removed, leaving behind a form that is pure, modern, and simple in the tradition of Bauhaus.  

Premium grade 5 Titanium are used to create this unibody design.

C TYPE

The C TYPE carabiners were created for the sole purpose of carrying keys and light weight accessories.  The gate is optimized for easy opening and secure fastening of keys to your belt loops or purses.  Using the same design template, I varied the designs of the different C TYPE to fit  the design preferences and intended uses of the users.  All carabiners will fit easily and comfortably on belt loops, but those with wider top section, can accommodate wider leather straps.  The C TYPE are designed to be compact and easy to snap on to your belt loops. 

K TYPE

The goal in creating the K TYPE carabiners is to incorporate a bottle opener into the carabiner frame in such a way that it will be unnoticeable and unobtrusive.  I want to maintain the look of the original carabiner, while incorporating the extra feature.  K TYPE carabiners are slightly larger than the C TYPE, for the extra strength and necessary leverage in opening bottles.  The gate is also designed with a size that will allow optimal leverage for opening bottles.

Prototype Designs

The P-Type carabiners replicate the traditional hinged movement you see in industrial carabiners, but without parts or assembly.  The design was actually inspired by Swiss watch movements that relies on wounded springs.  The movement of the gate is somewhat free-form and guided by the design of the carabiner frame itself, without screws or fastener, allowing it to move freely.  Again, although the design looks a little more complicated that the C and K type carabiners, this is still a single continuous piece of titanium, that adheres to the bauhaus philosophy.

Maximizing the use of Titanium:

The M TYPE keytag bottle openers were design to maximize the use of Titanium in the production of carabiners.   Not only were they design as a stand alone product, they are also created as a way to utilize the small pieces of Titanium that are too small for carabiner production.   What resulted are 4 different sizes of bottle opener that could be carry on your keyring without taking up much space.  The M 0.25 / M 0.50 are meant to be carried in addition to your keys, while the bigger M 0.75 / M 1.00 could be used as your primary key chain.  Titanium key rings will be included with every carabiners and every bottle openers.

L TYPE dedicated bottle opener

The L TYPE bottle openers are dedicated bottle openers for kitchen or party uses.  The design is utilitarian and streamlined, for ease of use and comfort held in your hands.  The L66 incorporates the carabiner design into  the handle for convenience when used for outings and parties.  It could be easily latched onto your belt for easy carry.  These bottle openers were design to be modern, high quality yet inexpensive when compared with other Grade 5 / Ti-6AL-4V Titanium bottle openers.

PRODUCTION & FINISHES

All of the accessories in the series will be precision made in Thailand, with my direct supervision.  This type of production relying on specialized EDM technology, for this type of product, is rare and expensive.  But due to the relationship I have established over the years, and with careful collaboration (and with sheer curiosity on the manufacturer's part), we were able to create a design that would allow the manufacturer to produce these design with lower manufacturing cost. 

There will be 2 durable finishes offered for simplicity:  

  • Stone-Tumbled
  • Hand Brushed Finish

I chose these finishes with longevity in mind.  Overtime, these accessories will accumulate scratches from being in your pocket, rubbing against your keys, etc.   Only the natural Titanium color will be offered.  Anodized finishes, polished surface, PVD coating, and color coating will all wear out, leaving the piece less than desirable.   The natural color and the basic finish can be renewed as needed.  The Stone-Tumbled finish is scratch resistant by nature, and scratches wil add character to the piece over time.  The hand-brushed finished can also be renew over time by hand sanding with 400-600 grit sandpaper and green scotch-brite pads. 

Product model number laser marking (color and position) will be determined at time of final production.  Product model number in all images are for sample idea and reference only.  I will choose the optimal laser marking characteristics when we do the final production run.  They may or may not be the same as what you see in the images, depending on how final testing pans out. 

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH GOOD DESIGN

My goal is to create a product the would last a life time.  I believe that to conserve and protect our environment, we have to create products of the highest quality, and last a life time, not something you buy only to throw away tomorrow. Disposability in consumer product is a very dangerous concept for the present and future, and it's something that we all should minimize in our everyday lives.  Please don't forget that although the items being thrown away do create waste, a bigger part of that comes from the production process at every stage. This is why we should create something that lasts, and create it once, with a streamlined process that generate as little waste and pollution as possible.  

Every aspect of the product were taken into account, from production process, material acquisition, pollution generated during production, all the way to the final hand finish. The design of the product goes beyond just the physical product itself, but encompasses the entire design from concept to completion.  

FUNDING GOAL & DELIVERY

The funding goal for this project will be used to acquire Titanium raw materials, basic toolings and jigs used in production.  My goal for product delivery will be set for Late July 2013.  If the project exceeds my goal significantly, I may have to extend the delivery date and begin delivery on a first come first serve basis.  Naturally, those of you who back this project first will get priority in the delivery queue.  

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Questions?  Email me!

If you have any question regarding the product or pledges, please send me a private message or shoot me an email at:

bauhauskeys@gmail.com  

The success of this project will depends heavily on your word of mouth and how the news spread.  Words on every blog and social networking post counts, so please share. Thank you for visiting my project page, and thank you in advance for your support.

Cheers, 
Sunny {Thanasit}

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MEDIA FOCUS / big thanks! 

Thanks to all of you and these wonderful design-minded sites for spreading the words.  I could not do this without you.  I extend my thanks to all the writer and editors for their dedication to the awesome work they do.  Check out these sites for new and unique gears, gadgets, designs and more!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have made sure to minimize the risk by consulting with manufacturers specializing in metal forming technology, that have specialized in EDM technology for the past 50 years. I have also thoroughly tested the design over the past few months for ease of production to ensure that these design could be created without unforseen issue.

Possible risk that may occur may be in the time it takes to complete the project. If the project becomes highly successful, we may have to extend the deliver time depending on the quantity ordered. I may also divide production runs and deliver partial orders as they are completed in order to get the items sent out faster on a first come first serve basis. Early backers will have priority in the delivery schedule.

Also raw materials acquisition time are fairly predictable, but there is a small risk of delay from time to time, so this will have to be taken into account. The production of these items requires specially prepared Grade 5 Titanium, with uniform semi-polish surface, that requires more time to produce. We have made arrangement with suppliers in China and selected the manufacturer with the best quality raw material with established history.

FAQ

  • NO!!!!! NO!!!!! NO!!!!! NOT FOR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING!!!

    These carabiners are designed to carry keys, not your body weight. The only thing they can climb will be the belt loops on your jeans. I will make sure to laser engraved the warning on the carabiners.

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  • Just to give an example of the weight of these carabiners.....

    C10 (7.5 grams) C50 (10.5 grams) K11 (13.2 grams) P88 (12 grams) P99 (15.1)

    Titanium is of course lighter than steel and stainless steel, but heavier than aluminum. Unlike aluminum, however, it is extremely hard and durable. The feel is very solid in your hands. They will feel unobtrusive and light on your keyrings.

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    M 0.25 / MICRO - Bauhaus Titanium Bottle Opener: One M0.25 + one Titanium 25mm keyring in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $5.00) International shipping (please add $6.00)

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    C10 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner: One C10 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $6.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    C11 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner: One C11 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    C20 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner: One C20 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    C50 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner: One C50 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    K11 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner-bottle opener: One K11 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    K50 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner-bottle opener: One K50 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    K60 - Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner-bottle opener: One K60 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    U32--------- 32GB USB 2.0 Stainless Steel Flash Drive (CUSTOMIZED by MÀS DESIGN) Limited Edition for Kickstarter Backers.

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    K80- Bauhaus Titanium KeyCarabiner-bottle opener: One K80 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $8.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    P99 - Bauhaus Titanium Hinged KeyCarabiner: One P99 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $10.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    P88 - Bauhaus Titanium Hinged KeyCarabiner: One P88 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Hand-Brushed finish (add $10.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    L55 - Bauhaus Titanium dedicated bottle-opener: One L55 in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Bead-blast finish (add $5.00) Hand-Brushed finish (add $15.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    L66 - Bauhaus Titanium dedicated bottle-opener with carabiner handle: One L66 in stone-tumbled finish. OPTIONS: Bead-blast finish (add $5.00) Hand-Brushed finish (add $15.00) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    PERSONALIZED - P88 - One P88 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in Hand-brushed finish. + CUSTOM ENGRAVING of name or initial (maximum of 27 letters including spaces) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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    PERSONALIZED - P99 - One P99 carabiner plus two Titanium keyring (25mm, 32mm) in Hand-brushed finish. + CUSTOM ENGRAVING of name or initial (maximum of 27 letters including spaces) International shipping (please add $10.00)

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