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A simple object can be beautiful and work well with very little. Sostanza is a wooden pencil that never ends. Handcrafted in Italy.
A simple object can be beautiful and work well with very little. Sostanza is a wooden pencil that never ends. Handcrafted in Italy.
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Sostanza: new substance from Torino

Not a pencil, nor a lead holder, it’s Sostanza

 

The pencil is a nice object: it’s simple, warm and reminds us of childhood, but has a short life-span. You can sharpen it until it becomes no longer usable.

The lead holder, on the other hand, is reloadable, but consists of many pieces that get easily lost or broken.

Sostanza is warm and natural. It is a wooden pencil that will never end: when the graphite gets consumed, just inserting a new one will give the object another life.

It consists of two elements: the light wooden body that houses the mine, and the external ring that slides towards the top to lock it. The mine is an easily found product: you pick the firmness you prefer and sharpen it by using the sharpener or rubbing it on sandpaper. Intuitive and easy to use, Sostanza proves how a simple object can be beautiful and work well with very little.

Sostanza is an handmade object, produced in small scale and entirely in Italy, designed by Sotterranea Officina Sperimentale design studio. It was designed in Torino, where it was also researched on and prototyped. The woodturning is carried on by a center in Vicenza specialized in precision works, while the silver rings are produced by goldsmith laboratories in Valenza with the technique of casting, and then finished by hand. Sostanza is available in five essences in their natural colors and each wood is paired with a different finishing of the ring, giving it a precise aesthetic character.

Sostanza Pe

The pear tree has European origins and grows all around the Mediterranean sea. It’s a strong essence from the broadleaf family. Its fibers are thick giving it high density and resistance to deformation. The silver ring is casted and then brushed and burnished to give it a dull gray aspect. 

Sostanza Mg

 The mahogany, which grows exclusively in Central America between Mexico and Amazonia, is a strong dense essence with a reddish shade. The silver ring is casted, and the finishing is applied by coating, a polished protective substance, with a dark green color.

Sostanza Nc

 Eastern black walnut originates from North America, but has been imported in Europe through the years, where is now available throughout the continent. The wood appears brown with dark grains. The silver ring is casted and then refined by polished grey rhodium plating.

Sostanza+ Eb

 

Ebony grows in Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. Contrary to popular belief the dark color is not due to the tree itself but to the slow action of a fungus that changes the color of the shaft from brown to black. The silver ring is casted and then refined by satin white rhodium plating. 

Sostanza+ Am

 

Amaranth, which grows in the American tropical area, presents a grayish color when freshly cut, but it naturally shifts to its violet color with aging, oxidation and UV exposure. The silver ring is casted and then finished with a polished rose plating. 

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Why Sostanza? (it means Substance)

It is an Italian name for an Italian product, made by beautiful natural materials. Sostanza is a useful product, simple and synthetic. Its functioning is elemental but not taken for granted, the shape is reduced to a minimum by eliminating anything superfluous. Similarly in the writing, drawing or in music composition, the visual representation is a symbolic synthesis wich guide us to the real meaning. Communication is a matter of Sostanza.

Help us get Sostanza on the market: it is light and immediately sparks your creativity, it has a very addictive effect but luckily never ends. To really understand how special Sostanza is you have to try it! 

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Prototyping Sostanza 

One year of design between 3D models and crafting, all made at our lab in Torino

tools and prototypes
tools and prototypes

 

 

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wooden beams

 

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craftsman at work

 

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wax molds

 

 

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Risks and challenges

Sostanza has already been tested and tried by the public during some promotional events in which it was presented. Your contribute will help us start the production of the pieces. We have already formulated the deals with the artisans that will aid us in the different processes. The times for the processing and bonding of wood are long and, given the great artisanal component of the product, in case of a significally larger number of orders from the foreseen objective, there could be some delay in the shipments. Every lead holder is refined by hand, so the pieces could undergo small variations in size and color.

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    THANK YOU, YOU'RE GREAT!

    We appreciate your contribution so much: You really understood the substance of the project!

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    THAT'S SOSTANZA

    1 Sostanza
    (Mahogany, Canaletto Walnut or Pear)

    Choose the Sostanza that appeals the most
    to your creative skills!

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    SOSTANZA GIFT PACK

    1 Sostanza into a special pack
    (Mahogany, Canaletto Walnut or Pear)

    Blow your friends’ minds! We will send the product in its own test tube package

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    SOSTANZA+

    1 Sostanza +
    (Ebony or Amaranth)

    Here they are: Ebony and Amaranth.
    Beautiful woods with a natural purple or black color. These will send you in a trance of ultracreativity!

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    Pledge €55 or more About $62

    SOSTANZA+ GIFT PACK

    1 Sostanza+ into a special pack
    (Ebony or Amaranth)

    Ebony and Amaranth, prized woods in their natural colors, in their own test tube package, to lead you into Sostanza+’s ultracreativity.

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    Pledge €60 or more About $67

    SOSTANZA FOR TWO

    2 Sostanza
    (Mahogany, Canaletto Walnut or Pear)

    Enjoy your Sostanza with a friend, for an exhilarating effect!

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    Pledge €65 or more About $73

    TWO SOSTANZA GIFT PACK

    2 Sostanza into a special pack
    (Mahogany, Canaletto Walnut or Pear)

    Share your experience with someone special, it’s too good of a deal to keep it to yourself!

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    Pledge €100 or more About $112

    SOSTANZA+ FOR TWO

    2 Sostanza+ into a special pack
    (Ebony or Amaranth)

    Hook that special person with the exhilarating experience Sostanza+, there’s no best way to leave your mark!

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    Pledge €150 or more About $168

    SOSTANZA COMPLETE SET

    Sostanza family into a special pack

    Having a hard time making up your mind? Forget that and give them all a try, with the amazing complete set!

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    Pledge €170 or more About $190

    YOUR SOSTANZA COMPLETE SET

    Sostanza family and your name on it

    Are you so blown away by Sostanza that you want everybody to give it a try? You can personalize your own complete set to give them to friends, family, co-workers, everybody!

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    Pledge €350 or more About $391

    YOUR SOSTANZA 10

    10 Sostanza with your name and a special board

    Try something different: choose 10 Sostanza from the various essences and create your own incision. Olive, Oak, Beech, Padouk, Teak, Cherry, Wengè and many other essences for you to choose. Different is good!

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    Pledge €690 or more About $770

    YOUR SOSTANZA 20

    20 Sostanza with your name and 2 special boards

    Are you already thinking about Christmas gifts? That’s great because you can personalize Sostanza for you friends and family: they will be hooked! Olive, Oak, Beech, Padouk, Teak, Cherry, Wengè and many other essences: show your personality through the warmth of the essences!

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    Pledge €1,500 or more About $1,673

    YOUR SOSTANZA 50

    50 Sostanza with your name and 5 special boards

    Do you have a company and want your logo on Sostanza? You can have 50 personalized lead holders to show and give your clients: it will make them ecstatic! Olive, Oak, Beech, Padouk, Teak, Cherry, Wengè… Which essesnce better represents your identity?

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    Pledge €2,500 or more About $2,788

    YOUR SOSTANZA 100

    100 Sostanza with your name and 10 special boards

    Get 100 lead holder for your events, you can choose from the many essences and personalize them with your logo or motto. There is never enough Sostanza! Olive, Oak, Beech, Padouk, Teak, Cherry, Wengè… Choose the wood that better represents the essence of your company, or create your own mix!

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    VERY EARLY BIRD

    1 Sostanza
    (Mahogany, Canaletto Walnut or Pear)

    Awesome, you’re one of the firsts! This is an amazing offer: you can have a Sostanza for only 3€ per gram!

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    EARLY BIRD

    1 Sostanza
    (Mahogany, Canaletto Walnut or Pear)

    You’re lucky! For you there is one Sostanza at a friends’ price, don’t let this deal go up in smoke!

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