About this project
Arctic Union is a new Indie Product Design storefront offering creative and practical products for your home, office, and workspace. The products available here are not mass-produced and not marketed to specific users. These are products that we pulled out of our brains and created because we really wanted to use them! The result of which are these unique and one-of-a-kind designs you won't find in any other store. Each piece is produced in a limited quantity, and will be retired when it has been sold out. However, here at Arctic Union, we won't give you the cold shoulder. If enough customers send an “Encore Request” email demanding that a specific item be brought back, then Arctic Union will be more than happy to do an “Encore” production of that sweet, sweet masterpiece. Power to the people!
Speaking of the people. Once ArticUnion.com is active, “How-To” videos will be available via Instructables.com to provide instructions on how to make a variety of the products you see here because, at Arctic Union, we won't leave you out in the cold! We're all about creativity, efficiency, and giving the people the tools they need.
Punu (Wall Dock) is our distinct solution to office organization.
Intended to hold a laptop while connected to an external monitor; it provides a secure base with comfortable, ease of access efficiency. Punu is available here, on KickStarter, with a limited number of first-wave, fully functional prototypes. Each is formed from reclaimed wood using a CNC milling machine, and each has a designated number (1-20) to be distributed by the order of donations given. There are 13 Small and 20 large Punu’s available.
Nila (Wall Desk) is our solution to a cluttered workspace. Use it at the workshop! Eliminate the possibility of a cracked screen, or the chance of those sawdust and steel shavings working their way under your keyboard. Use it at your desk! Easily prevent that morning cup of coffee, or energy drink, taking a spill all over your precious interweb device. By removing the laptop from the surface of your workspace, it's easy to prevent accidents while maintaining convenience.
Nila securely cradles your computer; providing stylish, eye-level access at arms reach! Listen to music, reference instructions or schematics, “And here's the thing, it will give you so much extra space in your room to do activities!” The open cubbyhole is a special design feature; perfect for holding tool, wires, a cell phone, and many other items. Currently, Nila has two pattern choices available -- Honeycomb and Argyle. When ordering, please specify which pattern you would prefer. More patterns and customizations will be available once the Arctic Union website is up and running like a Jamaican Bobsled Team. Yes, that was a Cool Runnings reference. There are three sizes available: Small (25 cm), Medium (78cm), and Large (30cm).
Miki (the phone dock) is an exclusive item available only for our Kickstarter promoters. Sizes are based on the width of your phone. This 11mm phone dock is perfect for an iPhone 5 with thin case, and the 13mm works with iPhone 4 with small case. To find what size is compatible with your phone, be sure to measure the width of your phone in millimeters and then add 2 millimeters. (ex. 9mm + 2mm = 11mm)
- Iphone 5 = 10 mm
- IPhone 5 + thin case = 11mm
- Iphone 4 = 12mm
- IPhone + thin case = 13mm
- IPod Touch = 8mm
- Galaxy s4 = 10 mm
- Nokia's Lumia 920 = 13mm
- Nokia's Lumia 920 = 12mm
- LG Optimus G Pro = 12mm
- HTC Droid DNA = 12mm
- Samsung Galaxy S III = 11mm
- Motorola Razr = 16mm
- HTC Dream = 19mm
Amulets are for the high rollers. They come in three levels: Stainless Steel, Bronze, and Silver. Included with the Bronze Amulet, you get the special task of naming a large shop tool, for example "Steady Steven the Bandsaw." Backers that choose the Silver Amulet will also get to name a future Arctic Union Product, for example "Mardaduke the Widget." A wide array of names will be accepted, within reason. This way, our backers get the feeling that they are not only helping out the cause, but they also get to contribute to the process!
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Risks and challenges
The online store is scheduled to open at the end of this KickStarter campaign. We are currently moving into a new shop space for more widespread production and creation! The first tool needed is a new heating strip to reduce Nila's production time. Also needed are a few shop tools, including a drill press and a belt sander to take Punu from prototype to full production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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