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The BU desk is multifunctional, adaptable and space saving. Lockable, robust and sustainable. Your personal creative hub.

The BU desk is multifunctional, adaptable and space saving. Lockable, robust and sustainable. Your personal creative hub. Read more
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BUデスクとは?   

  BUデスクは、多機能で、適応性があり、省スペースな机。それはあなた個人の創造的なハブなのです。デュアルモニター編集用デスク、製図板、イーゼル、ゲーム用のテーブルなど、様々に利用していただけます。机は折りたたんで収納でき、左側または右側へと拡張することもできます。モニター2台、キーボード、17インチ・ノートパソコンを置く十分なスペースがあります。メインとなるデスクトップの角度は3段階で調整でき、クールゾーン(ノートパソコン換気用)、ケーブル管理、ロック(オプショナル)、ペン転がり防止ストップ(オプショナル)、フットレストがついています。キックスターター・サポーター(支援者)への限定版BUデスクは、アイルランドで製造します。副産物林業管理協議会(FSC)認証を満たすアイルランドの管理された森林から採れたもので作られたMDF木材パネルを使用します。

キックスターターとは?  
キックスターターとはオンライン・サイトでのクラウドファンディング(造語『Crowd=群集 Funding=資金調達』ソーシャルファンディングとも呼ばれ、ある目的や夢などのため不特定多数の人々へ資金調達をするサイト、またはそのためのWebサービスの総称)。サポーター(支援者)がその事業の成功に貢献し、その業績に対して報酬を出す!私たちの場合、『報酬』がBUデスクという訳です。

1. 右をスクロールダウンして、
2.  BUデスク€550(赤・黒・白のいずれか)、BUデスク€800(RALカラーチャートのどれでも好きな色)のどちらかを選択

The BU desk 

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.

Features 

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.

Folds up and Extendable left or right side.
Folds up and Extendable left or right side.
Storage for 2 monitors and 17" laptops.
Storage for 2 monitors and 17" laptops.
Houses an iMac (21.5") and Stationary drawer.
Houses an iMac (21.5") and Stationary drawer.
Desktop - 3 positions with free leg movement and Footrest.
Desktop - 3 positions with free leg movement and Footrest.
Options -COOLZONE, Lock and Pencil stop.
Options -COOLZONE, Lock and Pencil stop.
Cable management, Dynamic hub ...and lots of space for clip-ons.
Cable management, Dynamic hub ...and lots of space for clip-ons.

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.

Multifunctional

The multifunctional features of the BU desk can be configured to cater for different uses from an individual work station to a meeting space.

A single screen or dual screen workspace.
A single screen or dual screen workspace.
An easel or an iMac (21.5").
An easel or an iMac (21.5").
A meeting space or an elevated drawing board.
A meeting space or an elevated drawing board.

 Dimensions

THE BU DESK 3D - open
THE BU DESK 3D - open
THE BU DESK PLAN - open
THE BU DESK PLAN - open
THE BU DESK PLAN - folded up
THE BU DESK PLAN - folded up

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. 

Options  

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.

Thank you.   

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.

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    THANK YOU

    A big thank you for your support. Your name will appear on the Backers page on our website.

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    MASSIVE THANK YOU

    A massive thank you for your support. Your name will appear on the Backers page on our website and will we send you a personal thank you note with a signed hand drawn sketch of the BU desk.

    Note : BACKERS of SOLD OUT Reward #1 will receive the same

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2015

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    BUDGET

    Reserve any of the special introduction Kickstarter prices against future purchase of the BU desk – order anytime before June 2015 and have it delivered by September 2015.

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    SUPERHACKER

    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.

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    BASIC DIY KIT

    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.

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    PRIMED

    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.

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    FINISHED

    Fully finished in a choice of 3 colours.

    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.

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    €550以上の誓約

    3色限定完全塗装仕上げ

    BUデスク限定版完全塗装仕上げ - 赤、黒、白の3色限定。ラッカー塗装を4度重ねた高品質仕上がり。簡素組立済み。届いた箱から取り出して設置するまでの所要時間15分程度(キャンペーン終了後に色をご相談させていただきます)。日本への特別割引送料代金 €100

    商品配達の目安:2015年5月

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    CUSTOM

    Fully finished in any colour of your choice.

    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 .

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    Pledge €800 or more About $991

    €800以上の誓約

    お好きな色での完全塗装仕上げ

    BUデスク限定版完全塗装仕上げ - RALカラーチャートのどれでも好きな色を選択www.ralcolours.comラッカー塗装を4度重ねた高品質仕上がり。簡素組立済み。届いた箱から取り出して設置するまでの所要時間15分程度(キャンペーン終了後に色をご相談させていただきます)。日本への特別割引送料代金 €100

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    VIP

    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.

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