About this project
What is TETRAN?
Versatile: TETRAN is the world’s first fully integrated modular design furniture system that allows you to design your own furniture for your unique living space. The outmoded traditional furniture model of one piece of furniture, for one function, one living space, and one style is made obsolete by a modular design system that allows for multifunctional designs, scalable to the dimensions of any living space, and available in an endless array of material and colors. (see link for further details: tetranliving.com/evolution-color/)
Functional: We have created a TETRAN model in Google SketchUp's 3D Warehouse allowing anyone to design and share their own custom furniture designs--innovative hybrids, clever multi-functionals, and never-before-seen furniture designs.
“Designed with the belief that everyone has the right to create and recreate their living space as their life demands and their mood directs.”
Beautiful: Compose materials and colors to fit your personal taste and style. When your taste and style change, so does TETRAN…
Economical: Furniture Today projects consumer spending for furniture and bedding in 2012 at $81.6 billion—largely a result of replacing outdated, damaged, or useless furniture. Modules are repurposed for a new function or redesigned for alternate living spaces, there are endless color, finish, and material options to keep up with even the most rapid changes in style, and any damaged elements are easily and inexpensively replaced. The result is an extended furniture life cycle that will save consumers tens of thousands of dollars.
Environmental: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that furniture accounted for 10.8 million tons, or 4.3 percent of our trash stream in 2010—again, largely a result of replacing outdated, damaged, or useless furniture. By means of simple repurposing, restyling, and repair, TETRAN’s modular design eliminates the need for millions of tons of furniture waste. In fact, TETRAN’s core elements are made from 100% recycled and recyclable eco-friendly materials. So not only is furniture waste reduced by never having to throw it away, but obsolete traditional furniture waste is recycled to make new modular furniture.
Who is TETRAN?
TETRAN is you! TETRAN’s most important element are all the people that will make it their own and contribute to the TETRAN community by sharing design ideas and unique styles.
Ruke - TETRAN's Inventor, Designer, and Creative Director with more than 14 years of experience in the field of design. With a B.Sc. from Full Sail University, he specializes in 3D/Multimedia and product design using the virtual world inside his computer to bring his dreams to life. He can design anything he sets his mind to with a great passion for transformative, multi-purpose designs, he is responsible for all of TETRAN's beautiful image and video content. After a frustrating seven months of trying to find furniture for his first tiny college studio apartment (filled with many unfruitful trips to IKEA) Ruke set out to design a new kind of furniture incorporating the modular principles of LEGOs, and the transformative nature of Transformers. After four years of development, he is proud to present TETRAN to the world.
Matt - TETRAN's Financial and Legal Counsel, with more than 4 years of experience in the legal field, is a licensed attorney specializing in transactional law. He has developed TETRAN's budgeting and financial model as well as structuring the supply chain to make TETRAN a reality.
Rex - TETRAN's Press and Marketing Director, with over 10 years in the public relations field, is responsible for getting the word out about TETRAN. For him, the simplicity of the Tetran cube is the realization of his childhood obsessions: Legos, Tetris, and Transformers.
How Does TETRAN work?
Eight planar elements (“Facets”) constructed of ¾” E1 MDF with melamine skins assemble to create eleven different sized cubes (“Cubes”). Each Cube, comprised of five Facets with corresponding locking holes, fastens to any other Cube. Exterior panels (“Panels”) of various colors or materials lock into any Facets not being used to lock the design in place. And, memory foam cushions with interchangeable covers provide comfortable seating with limitless fabric options. The result is unlimited design possibilities.
Flat-packed containers arrive at your doorstep. Varying size cubes (depending on your order) are pre-oriented for fast and easy assembly (instructions for reward designs pictured here on Kickstarter will be available for viewing and print on our website: tetranliving.com). Once assembled, cubes are fastened together in any variety of designs to fit the dimensions of any living space and meet any functional need. Replaceable cushion covers and exterior panels affix to outer cube faces allow for endless color, finish, and material options. Assembly is streamlined with just one universal screw and one universal lock for the entire system. All core elements of TETRAN furniture will be manufactured in China.
The following images are actual photographic images prototype development:
“Where Have You Been All My Life” – Patricia Thomas (TETRAN Enthusiast)
Below is the timeline of events showing our progress over the last couple of years and the next steps for TETRAN:
- 2009 – Initial concept development and design image rendering
- January – March, 2011 – Patenting
- January – May, 2011 – initial material sourcing, and manufacturer evaluation, and fabrication of prototypes
- October, 2011 - May, 2012 – Video production, website development, and press campaign
- Now – July, 2012 – KICKSTARTER Campaign to raise funds for first production manufacturing run and online Virtual Builder
- August – October, 2012 – First production manufacturing run
- November – December, 2012 – Fulfillment and delivery of Kickstarter orders
How Does Kickstarter Work?
Many hours in Excel with financial models have resulted in the magic number (our Minimum Funding Goal) of $150K. This amount is necessary for us to complete our first production run and deliver TETRAN to your doorstep. We now have only 40 days to raise pledges equal to, or greater, than this Minimum Funding Goal. If we raise pledges one dollar short of this goal, no transactions will take place--your credit/debit card will not be charged and we’ll have to find another way to raise funds. However, once we hit our minimum funding goal we will have the money we need to make TETRAN a reality!
Color/Material Options & Shipping:
The Kickstarter website does not allow for color, material, or shipping options in making a your pledge (I know right!?!?). We will send all Backers a survey at successful completion of the project confirming your color and material selections, and shipping address.
Tx_Panels (MDF): The Medium Density Fiber (MDF) exterior panel (Tx_Panel) option will be available in Light and Dark Wood Grain finishes (as pictured in the timeline images below).
Tx_Panels (PMMA): The Acrylic Glass (PMMA) exterior panel (Tx_Panel) option is a more expensive material and will be available in semi-opaque red, green, blue, brown, black, and white.
Cx_Covers: The cushion covers (Cx_Covers) will be available in a durable microfiber in red, green, blue, brown, black, and white.
Domestic Shipping Charges: Because Kickstarter does not allow for the separate calculation of shipping costs, we have already added US continental(+Canada) shipping charges into the Reward price.
International Shipping: International backer will need to pay additional shipping charges. Please email us with shipping address for rates.
Thank you for your support!!!
Select "Back Multiple Rewards". Add up the total of the rewards you want and enter that as the pledge amount. We will send you a form when the funding is completed so we can reconfirm the exact combination you will be getting.
Black, white, grey, brown, blue, and red.
Just hit the blue “Manage Your Pledge” button and adjust it there.
I want to create my own TETRAN furniture designs like some of those from the video, how do I make pledges for my own unique designs?
Click on the "Send Message" link at the top of the project page and let us know what you're thinking. We’ll help you determine the starter pack that is right for you to execute your creative vision.
12mm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poly%28methyl_methacrylate%29, or Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) for the science buffs. It is a lightweight and shatter-resistant alternative to glass.
Black, white, grey, brown, blue, and red.
A durable, stain-resistant cotton-poly blend commonly referred to in the furniture industry as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfiber.
At the completion of the project we will send out a questionnaire to confirm all the specifications of your order, including all color selections.
The seat cushion is a combination of 5” polyurethane support foam with a 3” top layer of high-density memory, and the back cushion is a medium-soft polyurethane foam for incomparable support and comfort.
Products in the sample design images and video depict materials such as leather, metal, wood, stone, etc., are these material options available at the present?
Material options outside of those offered above (Acrylic Glass/MDF Tx_Panels and Microfiber Cx_Covers) have been developed, but are not available for purposes of the Kickstarter project. If you are interested in further customizing your TETRAN furniture with alternative materials please click the "Send Message" link at the top of the project page and let us know what you are thinking. We'll be happy to get you a quote for those upgrades. Remember, you can always pledge for the design that you want, and we will confirm your material and color options in our questionnaire at the completion of the project, before shipping.
¾ “ E1 Medium Density Fiber Board (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard). Made of recycled and recyclable materials, E1 MDF is nearly twice as dense (and therefore twice as strong) as the particle board that IKEA uses to make their furniture and E1 MDF is temperature and moisture resistant—again, IKEA not so much. The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine veneer provides added durability and ease of cleaning.
Acrylonitrile butadiene stryrene (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene)—the same seemingly indestructible material used to make LEGOs! While the cost of producing ABS is roughly twice the cost of producing polystyrene, it is considered superior for its hardness, gloss, and toughness.
Products in the sample design images and video depict use of the Tx_Boom system, drawers, cabinet doors, etc., are these upgrades available at the present?
Although these designs have been developed, they are not available at this stage. Please sign up for our mailing list on our website: http://tetranliving.com/ or “like” us on Facebook to get updates on when these upgrades will be available. (all future upgrades will be 100% compatible with existing TETRAN components)
No, shipping within the continental US is included in the pledge amount.
Is there an additional shipping charge for shipping outside the continental US and foreign countries?
Yes, there is an additional shipping charge that must be added to your pledge amount for shipping outside the continental US and foreign countries. Please use the following link to calculate estimated shipping costs: http://www.global-max-network.com/request_quote . Please click the "Send Message" link at the top of the project page and let us know your shipping address so we can work with you on the shipping quote. Additionally, we will send out a questionnaire at the successful completion of the Kickstarter project to confirm your shipping address and confirm additional foreign shipping charges at the time of shipping.
Yes, we will send out a questionnaire after the funding is complete that will confirm your shipping address.
We are projecting delivery by November, 2012. We receive funds about two weeks after the close of the project campaign. Once we receive funds we place the orders with our manufacturers and get your brand new TETRAN furniture to you ASAP!
Cubes come flat-packed to your door by ground delivery service. When you open up the boxes the cubes are pre-oriented for assembly, so all you have to do is pull them out and put in the fastening screws (one universal screw). Once the cubes are constructed they are easily fastened together with our Lx_Locks in any design configuration you choose. Online assembly guides and tip & tricks sections will be available on our website: http://tetranliving.com/
For the smaller designs a screwdriver will do for assembling cubes. For the larger designs you may want save your wrists the rotations and use a power drill or power screw driver with a Phillips-head bit (#2 Pozi drive bit) to assemble cubes as there will be a greater number of screws with a greater number of cubes. An Allen (hex) key for the Lx_Locks will be provided with your order.
Online assembly guides and tip & tricks sections will be available on our website: http://tetranliving.com/
Is there a customer support number in case I have a problem or need help assembling my TETRAN furniture?
Our lines are open (702)-4-TETRAN, that is (702) 483-8726. Call anytime between 9am-5pm PST, we’d love to hear from you. Or, send us an email at http://mailto:email@example.com.
Absolutely, give us a call at (702)-4-TETRAN, that is (702) 483-8726, or send us an email at http://mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you set up with an assembly specialist in your area.
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