Visual & Tactile Design
Strata is a sculptural puzzle designed to engage our sense of touch as well as sight. Form and contour lines flow across wooden blocks, creating a deceptively challenging puzzle while remaining accessible to visual and tactile learners alike.
Strata is made of formaldehyde-free birch plywood. Sculpting through its layers reveals striking contour lines, providing an added dimension of intrigue and strategy. Strata's design embraces and celebrates the natural variation inherent in wood products.
The demonstration video shows a small cluster of 9 pieces being assembled; a portion of the Strata 36.KS (accelerated 4x).
Strata: Available in 3 sizes
- Strata 16 Series: 4x4 grid (16 pieces)
- Strata 24 Series: 6x4 grid (24 pieces)
- Strata 36 Series: 6x6 grid (36 pieces)
This campaign is offering 3 different models in each size, for a total of 9 different puzzles. New designs will be added in the future, expanding the Strata series. Backers may select a particular model once the campaign has ended.
Exclusive "KS" (Kickstarter) Models are available through this campaign, and will not be offered afterwards.
Below is the current line-up available through this campaign. (Hint: the ".02" models have distinguishable perimeter pieces, thus are easier to assemble)
Nesting Coasters (Set of 2)
Designed in the spirit of Strata, we're offering nesting coasters (set of 2) as a campaign reward. These rewards will be shipped by December 15th.
For anyone curious to see the design process for Strata, as well as the work that goes into launching a Kickstarter Campaign, we have created a 32-page process booklet. Booklet is 6in x 9in, printed in color.
After developing the product (and manufacturing process concurrently) over the past 8 months, Strata is ready for commercial distribution albeit on a small scale. This campaign is aimed at raising the capital needed to purchase bulk materials and improve production efficiency with more sophisticated tools.
Patent Pending: 62574179
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Supporters may choose a Strata model from the photos included in Update #6, from November 23rd, 2017. While these photos are an accurate representation of form, due to the natural variations in wood, every puzzle will be unique. Supporters will have the opportunity to select a puzzle design once the campaign ends.
Risks and challenges
While we have developed the manufacturing process over the last several months, this will be our first commercial endeavor. As such, we will undoubtably face surprises and challenges. For this reason, we have limited early Strata production to a total of 45 puzzles (see Early Supporter rewards) to be shipped by mid December. All other puzzles will begin shipping in January, with an anticipated production capacity of 20 puzzles per week.
Upon contributing to this campaign (within one week), our supporters will receive an estimated shipment timeframe (except Early Contributors). We will keep all of our supporters updated during production as we reach milestones.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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