Our goal with the BU desk is to give users a versatile and dedicated space that works as a personal creative hub. It offers secure storage as well as extendable and elevated work surfaces.
This Kickstarter campaign will help us to do a full production run of the BU desk by offering 5 different versions for Backers to get their own BU desk. Check out the Reward options to see how it works and all of the details about the desk are below.
Adaptable and Dynamic
The BU desk gives you options and choices about how you use your space and folds up to less than a quarter of the space of a normal flat top desk.
The design iterations of the BU desk, along with feedback from our prototype users, have led to a desk which has lots of cool features.
Choose your Reward
The Kickstarter Limited Editions of the BU desk will use wood panels that come sustainable managed forests by Coillte. Coillte is the Irish State Forestry Agency, who plants over 20,000 trees per hour and manages 7% of land cover in Ireland.
The multifunctional features of the BU desk can be configured to cater for different uses from an individual work station to a meeting space.
1. This Kickstarter Limited Edition is made from Irish FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) and CARB2 (California Air Resources Board Phase 2) compliant sustainable MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) wood panels.
2. Fixed to a wall with 4 screws provided OR mounted in a cluster of 3 units which attach to a
triangular plinth (not supplied) to form an interactive network of freestanding workstations for multiple users.
Global Impact without a Global Imprint
Tapping into the growing culture of open source CNC (Computer Numeric Computation) machines, FabLabs, 3D printing and laser-cutting we have refined the design so that the BU desk can also be delivered to Superhackers as a digital file (which can be cut by a local manufacturer). With this version we aim to fine tune the distribution method that we would like to pursue in the next stage after Kickstarter. The Superhacker Reward not only gives Backers a great way to share in the making of their desk, it also allows them to support and invest in the idea of local manufacturing and distribution. This process significantly lowers the environmental impact of the BU desk.
Designed for your office and home. Created for business professionals, designers, gamers, writers, artists or anyone who wants to transform their existing space into a personal creative hub.
We will request your choice of the following after the campaign ends:
1. Paint colour (Finished and Custom versions only).
2. COOLZONE - Desktop with ventilation holes adapted by the user to suit left or right handed.
3. Strengthened steel combination lock - ADD €20.
4. Aluminium pencil stop (supplied with high quality double sided tape) - ADD €10.
Testimonials on Prototypes
The BU desk Story
The BU desk is designed and made by a dynamic team in Dublin (L-R) - Simon Keogh (architect and designer), Gerard Eagers (technologist and digital media planner) and Johanna Varghese (urban planner and strategist)
Our need to maximise the limited space we had is very real as we live and work from small spaces in the city.
After two years of prototyping, testing and integrating user feedback through focus groups, we have created the BU desk.
And now we are ready to go. All we need is you to make a choice on how you would like the BU desk delivered.
We are so excited to see what you think of the BU desk and what you can create with it.
Be creative, BU.
Gerard Eagers, Simon Keogh and Johanna Varghese
The BU desk team, Dublin, Ireland.
Special thanks you to Irish artist, John Rooney,for the specially composed video music score, Mella Travers for the photography, Cormac Browne for the video and the team Block T.
Risks and challenges
Materials have been secured, manufacturers have been chosen, designs are finalized . It's just a matter of fulfilling Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs) on this Limited Edition run to be able to benefit from high specification and quality assurance from the Irish manufacturing facilities.
Numerous obstacles have been successfully dealt with to date to get the BU desk to a stage ready for full production run, robust packaging and efficient logistics.
Should any unforeseen circumstances arise we will deal with them effectively and keep you informed.
The only major risk is we don’t met our goal and we will be sad.
Notes on Superhacker Reward
The wood panel for the Superhacker Reward is to be sourced and cut locally by or near you. MDF is the most economical wood panel. The small 1/8” (3mm) thick Front Cover is also to be sourced and cut locally by or near you. This decorative Front Cover could be made from a much wider range of materials including MDF, plywood, plastic or any other suitable material you find. The intention is that this Front Cover is personalised by the Superhacker. We would be happy when Superhackers share their stories with our network about democratising how we design, make, acquire, use AND personalise the BU desk.
Basic fixings are supplied by post and the user can download digital drawings of the BU desk (under common licence) to have cut either by a local maker, at a community FabLab or using domestic hand tools. ADD Shipping Ire/UK = €5, EU/US = €15, RoW= €20.
The Limited Edition kit version where piloted bare wood panel components and basic fixings are supplied for the user to screw together and finish. ADD Shipping Ire/UK = €30, EU/US = €60, RoW = Apply for cost.
Almost fully finished - all it needs is a top coat.
The Limited Edition BU desk primed version - where the user can personalise the finish; preassembled straight out of a box; 15 minutes installation (not including the time to paint!). ADD Shipping Ire/UK = €30, EU/US = €60, RoW = Apply for cost.
The Limited Edition BU desk fully finished - using a high quality four coat lacquer in a choice of Red, Black or White; preassembled; ready to install straight out of a box; 15 minutes installation (We will request your colour choice after the campaign ends). ADD Shipping Ire/UK = €30, EU/US = €60, RoW = Apply for cost.
The Limited Edition The BU Desk fully finished - using a high quality four coat lacquer in any colour of your choice*; preassembled ready to use straight out of a box; 15 minutes installation. (We will request your colour choice after the campaign ends). ADD Shipping Ire/UK = €30, EU/US = €60, RoW = Apply for cost.
* www.ralcolour.com .
The BU Desk using any sustainably sourced material and any finish of your choice* + the curved front cover personalised by laser cutting to a design of your choice + personal delivery, install and lecture on the 2 year process by the architect and designer Simon Keogh.