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The second stretch goal reached ! Please check below for our new pledge levels
£50 - Mirrored Align
One Align pen in silver colour mirrored finish. We will work with our fabricator to produce a small batch of mirror polished version for Kickstarter. We haven't decide if this version will be put into production in the future, so this might be the only batch in mirror finish, don't miss it !
£80 - Mirror + Matte
Cannot decide to go with the mirror or matte version ? Here's a special pair with one mirror polished version and one in matte finish ( choose black or silver ).
● £15,000 - Refill Unlocked Need more refill replacements ? Here you go, we will provide add-ons so you can order one or more pack of 4X MONTEVERDE Soft Roll Mini Ballpoint refills in Black colour.
● £18,000 - Polished Version ( Silver ) Unlocked
We will work with our fabricator to produce a small batch of mirror polished version for Kickstarter. We haven't decide if this version will be put into production in the future, so this might be the only batch in mirror finish. Of course you can take this one together with the matt silver / black or both !
● £24,000 - Leather Pen Sleeve Unlocked
Want to carry your pen with a nice leather sleeve ? As so many people asked, we start to look around for a nice production partner of leather goods. We are now working on the design, for sure it will be minimal and high quality, complementing the beauty of your Align pen. More details to come when this option is unlocked !
● £30,000 - Polished Version ( Rose Gold ) Unlocked
For those who feel more about golden objects, we hear your voice! We tried a sample with mirror finish in pink gold colour and it looks gorgeous. This would be unlocked when we reach £30,000 funding goal.
Hi, we are Hanhsi Chen and ShiKai Tseng from Beyond Object, we are two professional product designers based in London. As designers, we have been working mainly on furniture, lighting and time pieces, but we always had a thing for pens.
When we decided to design a pen, our main goal was to do something new, something different. After 5 long months of research, design, and development we found what we were looking for, a completely unique mechanism designed inside a clean and elegant design. All at an affordable price.
Align's body is divided into three parts, being the middle one unaligned. To use the pen you only need to intuitively align this part with the rest of the body. Yes, it's that simple, and that cool.
The shorter version works the same way. This model is divided into two parts instead of three. To use the pen you would have to align the these two parts. To close it you just have to un-align it again.
We are all aware of the tremendous digitalisation that we have been experiencing over the last years and we support it, but we realised that there are some objects that are starting to lose the attention they deserve, like pens. And we want to change that.
We believe in pens as powerful tools for interesting people. We want to promote the use of these items not just to keep them as a tradition, but to encourage people to keep writing, to keep thinking, to keep creating. As professional creatives we can guarantee that sometimes inspiration pays a visit when you least expect it, so you better be able to write it all down.
The pens are made of anodised top quality air grade aluminium, a material which will meet our strict requirements for quality, function, and appearance. We will be offering two different sizes:
In three different finishes:
-Matte Silver finish
-Matte Black finish
And there is a special edition of Align Mini in a two tone colour ( Silver & Black / Black & Silver ), this version would only be provided as a pair.
We did quite some research on this matter, we asked professional pen makers and pen collectors about their favourite refills. They all recommended us different models to get the best performance out of this pen, and we chose the MONTEVERDE Soft Roll Mini Ballpoint refill.
Although this is the refill that will be included with the pen, we designed it so that the user may switch to his/her favourite D1 model. Here's a list of all the D1 refill that can be used with this pen.
Simplicity, quality, function and innovation have been the central tenets during the design process throughout this project. We wanted to break away from the standards in the pen market while achieving a high end device at an affordable price.
The mechanism we designed for this pen is completely unique, yet intuitive and reliable. We wanted to transcend the classical twisting or clicking mechanisms by developing this precise and user friendly piece of engineering.
As professional designers we didn't forget to adjust these innovative features to the perfect balance required by such a top-end piece while looking for a comfortable and functional grip.
We didn't want the clip to break the sculptural harmony of the body, so we hid it on the middle part of the pen. By pressing on the top edge of this part a lever mechanism will open the clip so that you can hang your pen wherever you want in the best way possible.
Refill Pack + £4 to your original backing
You can add one or more packs of MONTEVERDE Soft Roll Mini Ballpoint refill to your original pledge. Each pack contains 4 D1 refill in black colour. International shipping included.
Please note the £1 pledge tier does not apply to this add-on offer.
- Unique engineered opening system
- Made from top quality air grade aluminium
- Long-lasting quality performance
- Encapsulated opening system to prevent from external damage
-Innovative and reliable clip system
- Easy changing of the refill for all D1 models listed previously
- High-end matte and mirror finishes
- Ergonomically designed for perfect grip
- Perfect balance to improve the control
- High quality refill included
Quality is all that matters
The body of the pen is manufactured entirely in aerospace grade aluminium. This material is remarkably durable and light, ideal for our purpose. After the formal design phase was completed, we started to work on the prototypes of the pen. Endless hours of CNC programming and testing finally paid off and we received our beautiful pen bodies.
The inner mechanism of the pen was, without a doubt, the hardest part. We have some professional experience on designing timepieces and we used this knowledge to develop a unique and groundbreaking mechanism made out of brass, a material used in many clockwork mechanisms. This phase required a lot of special tooling, but we finally got a set of highly precise parts that worked perfectly when assembled.
The last stage of the project consisted on the finishing and quality controls. We wanted the pen to have a breathtaking appearance. We tried different finishes and we ended choosing anodising to increase the corrosion and wear resistance. And also because it looked so good. We also wanted to satisfy different kinds of backers, that is why we are also offering a high polished version with a mirror finish.
We are a young but experienced design team based in London. The studio was founded in 2013 by Designer Hanhsi Chen & Shikai Tseng. The team now includes 7 members and our aim is to bring innovative and unique objects into the market as well as creating a deeper connection between the designers and the consumers using crowdfunding platforms like kickstarter.
Beyond Object Members :
Hanhsi Chen: Creative Director & Lead Designer
Shikai Tseng: Design Director & Lead Designer
Li-Nung Chen : Product Manager
Coco Lombarte : Senior Industrial Designer & Engineer
Tommaso Nocentini : Senior Industrial Designer
Chinwei Kao: Graphic Designer
Valeriie Lin: Communication Designer
Risks and challenges
We are a team of experienced professional designers and we are used to design and execute projects like this for a living. We have already finished the detail engineering stage and we are ready to start the production as soon as our project gets funded. We have worked with our current supplier on many projects in the past and we do not foresee any kind of problems over the production stage.
The shipping of the pen will not be a problem, we already have a logistics network that has worked pretty well over the last years. We also added some extra time to this part of the project just to be sure, but we never miss a deadline a we want to keep it that way.
The project is almost finished, the only thing we need is your support so that we can start the production as soon as possible. We might have some unforeseen difficulties during the execution of the project, but handling these kind of projects is what we do best, and we believe we will be able to handle any kind of problems we might encounter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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