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State-of-art table management accessory precisely machined from brass and copper, from the original designer of the product.
State-of-art table management accessory precisely machined from brass and copper, from the original designer of the product.
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Type 303 Stainless Steel is now part of the offering, order one now!

303 Stainless Steel was specially designed to exhibit improved machinability while maintaining good mechanical and corrosion resistant properties. 303 is the most readily machinable austenitic stainless steel.

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Cubic Cable Holder is a desk organizing accessory from industrial designer Kebei Li. Machined from brass or copper with great precision, CCH successfully anchors most conventional cables, with just enough allowance for movement during use. 

The geometry's simplicity is a result of numerous iterations, and every small detail was carefully considered. The dimension of the channel is defined by Apple's Lightning connector, one of the smallest yet most common in the market. The overall dimension is reverse-engineered to achieve visual balance without compromising on the weight or volume. On the bottom, two shallow cutouts are machined to precisely contain the rubber base, which provide a sturdy grip on smooth surface like glass or metal. The rubber is color matched to the metal, delivering a more integral look.

MATERIALITY

Brass and copper are chosen for their weight, warmth in color, and their ability to age elegantly. Every piece will develop its unique patina and character over time.

 Copper was the first metal ever manipulated by humans. In the Roman era, copper was principally mined on Cyprus, hence the origin of the name of the metal as aes сyprium (metal of Cyprus), later corrupted to сuprum, from which the words copper (English), cuivre (French), Koper (Dutch) and Kupfer (German) are all derived.

Newly polished copper has a beautiful pinkish tone. Aside from gold, copper is the only metal on the periodic table whose coloring isn't naturally silver or grey. The metal is mixed with gold at the ratio of roughly 8:2 to produce rose gold. The surface of copper will oxidize over time, develops a layer of sophisticated reddish brown patina.

Brass is a metal alloy made of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.

Ancient metalworkers in the area now known as Syria or eastern Turkey knew how to melt copper with tin to make a metal called bronze as early as 3000 b.c. By about 20 b.c.-a.d. 20, metalworkers around the Mediterranean Sea were able to distinguish zinc ores from those containing tin and began blending zinc with copper to make brass coins and other items. Starting in about 300 A.D., the brass metalworking industry flourished in what is now Germany and The Netherlands.

Brass is commonly used in instrument making for its outstanding acoustic property. Brass is corrosion resistant and ages at a slower rate than copper does. The bright shiny gold turns into a rich cognac tone over time.

GENERAL TRADEMARK™

 

General Trademark ™ is a registered business trademark my good friend and collaborator Callil Capuozzo inherited from his grandfather Richard Capuozzo. General Trademark operated as a printshop in SoHo, New York back in the 1930’s. Though the business discontinued, the traditional American authenticity and pride that is suggested by the name continue to be valued and respected. Cubic Cable Holder will be, tentatively the first piece manufactured under the branding General Trademark after almost 70 years. Callil and I aspire to make General Trademark of a line of thoughtful, well-crafted, a lasting design products.

FUNDING & TIMELINE

The $20,000 funding goal reflects the realistic minimum amount required for production items including but not limited to: extrusion template, machining, trials of surface polish and finish by hand in mass quantity, and vacuum packaging that prevents oxidization in the storage and shipping process. The development phase will start November if funded, estimated shipping date will be around March to April 2016. More detailed schedule will be announced later.

Thank you again for your support, let's make it real.    :)

ABOUT THE CREATOR

My name is Kebei Li, currently I am pursuing my Master's degree in design and engineering at Stanford University.

Before Stanford I had my undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design '14 and had worked at a renowned award-winning Technology Design consultancy in the Bay Area.

Some examples of my past works:

Risks and challenges

If Cubic Cable Holder is successfully funded, I will have to make sure everything goes according to plan to meet the promised deadline. I have had samples made from different manufacturers and is working on streamlining every link of the process to guarantee the delivery of the product.

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