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Timeless design at an affordable price. Featured on ArchDaily.com. Cladded with natural copper.
Timeless design at an affordable price. Featured on ArchDaily.com. Cladded with natural copper.
227 backers pledged S$ 10,910 to help bring this project to life.

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What got us started:

As designers, we love our design process too much to allow them to be stored in tacky, uninspired notebooks.

That is why we designed the Architools Notebook to be a standardised, elegant solution to document entire projects.

Natural Copper Edge that develops a beautiful patina over time.
Natural Copper Edge that develops a beautiful patina over time.

To create this timeless design, we paired crisp white paper with natural copper, perfectly proportioned according to the Golden Ratio; a mathematical phenomenon associated with beauty that has inspired Architecture since the Parthenon in 500 B.C.

Minimalist design approach:

$40 mess vs $20 elegance.
$40 mess vs $20 elegance.

Our studio's design process involves sketching in a notebook, and scanning them into photoshop for post processing.

The Architools Notebook is designed with the purpose of making this process as seamless as possible, while providing a premium experience through the quality of our materials.

Available in Pure White (left) & Copper Patina (right).
Available in Pure White (left) & Copper Patina (right).

Our minimalist design approach stems from the belief that the design of the notebook should celebrate the contents that it carries, rather than distract from it.

As the number of Architools Notebooks increase, we intend for it to be viewed as a collection of projects, instead of pile notebooks.

Paper quality and design guide:

Pages of 'The Annex'
Pages of 'The Annex'

The result is an A5 sized pure white notebook, consisting of 140 sheets (280 pages) of crisp 100gsm wood-free paper, flanked by 300gsm white covers that blend in monolithically with the pages.

'The Annex' contains essential design references & a monthly planner.
'The Annex' contains essential design references & a monthly planner.

It also contains a monthly planner to keep track of your submission deadlines and project timelines, as well as 6 pages of ‘The Annex’, our printed guide of basic references for architecture drawings.

Lay-flat binding:

Smyth Sewn Lay-flat Binding
Smyth Sewn Lay-flat Binding

An exposed Smyth Sewn binding allows it to lay flat open in a perfect A4 size, perfect for seamless sketching and scanning. 

A4 Sized Sketching and Scanning
A4 Sized Sketching and Scanning

No ruled or dotted pages also means that transferring your sketches to a computer will not include any unwanted dots or lines that will be troublesome to omit. 

Copper functional elements:

Available in Pure White (left) & Copper Patina (right)
Available in Pure White (left) & Copper Patina (right)

For those on the move, we have placed a copper strip front and back to protect the corners of your notebook from blunting.

We chose copper because of the beautiful natural patina that will develop over time, which has been the inspiration for celebrated architectural facades around the world.

Copper with patina (left) & without (right).
Copper with patina (left) & without (right).

The dimensions of the copper protector were derived through the golden ratio, which leaves us with a perfectly proportioned design that we feel is timeless.

Pricing: Early Bird Launch Discount

For our Kickstarter Early Bird Rewards, our Architools Notebook will launch for SGD 20 (USD 15) and our Architools Copper Notebook will launch for SGD 25 (USD 19). (Future retail price will be SGD 25 and SGD 30 respectively)

Prices exclude shipping, which will be calculated at checkout. Worldwide shipping costs SGD 12 (USD 9) and domestic shipping will be SGD 3. For the bundle of 3, shipping is SGD 16 (USD 12) and SGD 4 respectively.

Please refer to: http://www.singpost.com/postage-rate for the estimated shipping times to your country. We will be using Standard Surface Mail to avoid high shipping costs but will use Registered Mail wherever available.

Kickstarter Goals

Our goal is to hit 500 notebook purchases from this Kickstarter Campaign in order to meet bulk pricing agreements with our manufacturing partners.

We would like to sincerely thank our backers for believing in our design philosophy and we are confident that you will love the Architools Notebook as much as we do!

For our current shoppers in Singapore, do check out our other items at https://sg.carousell.com/architools/

Follow us on Instagram @architools.co

Risks and challenges

We have worked closely with our suppliers and manufacturers to create a prototype that reflects our production model.

Upon successful funding, we can expect production to be ready after 1 month from receiving funds. After which, shipping will take 1 to 2 months to reach any corner of the globe.

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Funding period

- (30 days)