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The Floyd Leg gives you the framework to take ownership of your furniture by allowing you to create a table from any flat surface. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 7, 2014.

The Floyd Leg gives you the framework to take ownership of your furniture by allowing you to create a table from any flat surface.

About this project

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Meet Floyd

The Floyd Leg is a simple concept that rethinks the table leg by combining an age old device—the clamp—with a clean, minimal design allowing you to take any flat surface and create a table - best suited for medium and light uses.  

The Legs emerged from a personal need and curiosity of mine three years ago. I was living a rather nomadic lifestyle with work and school taking me to different cities. In each new place, I found myself buying (and ultimately) discarding furniture. To solve this problem, I was looking for a work desk that was easy to pack up and move around with. In addition, I wanted something that was beautiful (don’t we all?).

It occurred to me that if I built a set of legs with a minimal and functional design, any surface material could be changed out; simply pack up the legs and then find a flat work surface in the next city. It wouldn’t require any building knowledge and only a few minutes to set up. Searching out material palettes would be an interesting and low-cost endeavor. It was sustainable because no alterations to the surfaces were being made. Thus, the legs were born.

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Finding Materials

Most of our cities have a rich supply of reclaimed materials available at low costs. It’s exciting to explore these places and imagine material combinations that fit around our own taste and preferences. The spaces we create in our homes and workplaces are reflective of who we are.

Need inspiration? Check out the Floyd Catalogue

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Why Kickstarter?

It's impractical to produce just one set of legs.  With your help, we will be able to fund the first wave of high production making the legs more widely accessible. We're striving to raise enough money put forth a production run of 400 legs.  

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Specifications

The leg is available in two different lengths. 29” table height and a 16” coffee table height. They are produced here in Detroit and made with American steel. The name Floyd harkens back to the name of my father, grandfather, and great grandfather, all steel mill workers. In the same spirit of local manufacturing, we’ve established partnerships with local machine shops to produce the legs.

We recommend the leg for medium and light uses.  This means that the leg is best suite for applications such as a desk, coffee table, side table, etc.   

Floyd I (far left) - First cold rolled strip produced at Republic Steel. Youngstown, 1937
Floyd I (far left) - First cold rolled strip produced at Republic Steel. Youngstown, 1937

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Modifications

One minor modification we will be making to the final model will be a larger clamping area on the fastener, ultimately making the leg stronger and easier to use.  Rather than the small foot that is currently on the end of the fastener, the new model will have a 1.5" diameter foot for a better connection.  

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Fulfillment

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Risks and challenges

The process of refining the design and bringing the leg to market has been underway for nearly 9 months and includes several prototypes, one of which I've been using as a desk in several apartments. Fortunately, we have spent months vetting manufacturers and outlining the production logistics so that the leg will reach the donor as scheduled; however, there can often be hitches with manufacturing, so we've left a little cushion and hope to have the legs to backers sooner. Although this is our first experience bringing a product to market, we have been thorough in establishing relationships with the manufacturers and working out the kinks ahead of time to ensure a steady roll out.

Floyd is ready, the production facilities are ready, and we are ready. Help us make this happen!

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  • Once the Kickstarter has met its goal and the deadline, we will collect both the shipping address and color choice. So stay tuned and be sure to respond with your color choice (white or black)! If we don't receive a preference, black will be the default color.

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  • As noted above, we recommend the leg for medium/light use. We suggest 75 lbs—but the weight is less important as the size of the material you use. For these reasons—we recommend uses such as desks, coffee tables, foyer tables, planting tables, etc. But we wouldn't recommend things that require larger surfaces and heavy interaction such as dining/dinner tables since there is no cross bracing. That is, unless you come up with a creative solution. :)

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Rewards

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    65 backers

    A personalized Floyd postcard/thank you of an image taken by us and mailed to you.

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    73 backers

    Set of four coasters to use on your table top. Cut from the same 11 gauge US Steel used for the leg and designed in the same style. Clear coated.

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    23 backers

    Solo Floyd 29" Table Leg -
    Powder coated BLACK or WHITE. For those who need less or more than a full set.

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    10 backers

    Solo Floyd 16" Coffee Table Leg -
    Powder coated BLACK or WHITE. For those who need less or more than a full set.

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    862 backers

    Set of (4) Floyd 29" Table Legs -
    Powder coated BLACK or WHITE. The framework you need to create a table from any flat surface.

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    156 backers

    Set of (4) Floyd 16" Coffee Table Legs -
    Powder coated BLACK or WHITE. The framework you need to create a table from any flat surface.

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    19 backers Limited (1 left of 20)

    Foyer Table with BLACK or WHITE 29" legs -
    Custom narrow table made with a hand chosen piece of reclaimed material from Detroit.

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    113 backers

    Combo Set - Set of (4) Floyd 29" Table Legs and a set Floyd 16" Coffee Table Legs - Powder coated BLACK or WHITE. The framework you need to create tables from any flat surface.

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    2 backers

    Ground level visit to Detroit - Spend the day going behind the scenes of Floyd, checking out Detroit's great design culture and claiming a material for your Floyd Legs (included) - all with the Floyd design team. Capped with a dinner at our favorite Detroit spot.

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Funding period

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