Build your own dream car. Collectible toys made from natural wood, patented magnetic system and finished with chalkboard paint. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 21, 2013.
About this project
STRETCH GOAL – If we reach $15,000, we will offer free personalized engraving to all our backers. Those who pledge for an entire set ($260 or more) will receive special edition Dream Cars (eg. Limited 1 of 20).
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Dreams nurture imagination.
Everyone has their own dream car. It may be a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin, but these symbols restrict imagination. Why can’t a dream car have graffiti on it, or have triangular windows, or even not have any resemblance of a movable vehicle?
Start building your own Dream Car with our sustainable toy, enjoy the awesome snapping sound of the patented magnetic system as you explore your creativity and imagination with the interchangeable car bodies finished with chalkboard paint. Handcrafted from natural walnut, beech and poplar wood, these iconic car bodies are individually handcrafted with utmost care. In any setting, the Dream Car becomes a timeless piece of design object that is appreciated by all. Give a thoughtful present and lets pass on the story from friends to family, and from generation to generation.
The use of different woods not only serves aesthetic purpose, but also practicality and function. The wheels are made of birch for optimal smooth movement; the car bodies are made of poplar for its density and its texture for finishing with chalkboard paint; the base is made of walnut for its sturdiness and classic grain pattern.
The patented smart magnet system has been designed to enable optimal functioning, with just the right balance between magnetic strength and ease of play. The magnets seamlessly hide inside the wooden base, but cleverly pop up when attaching to a car body.
Neatly and elegantly placed into the signature huzi gift packaging, the Dream Car reminds its owners that a lot of love and care is invested before it could be delivered to them. Since everyone’s Dream Car should be different, the option of personalized engraving further adds a touch of warmth and sense of belonging to this unique design object.
Design Meets Craftsmanship
Each piece is individually handcrafted and finished with care and meticulous attention to detail. The result is a collectible design object that can be played with, used, treasured, and passed on from generation to generation.
Originality and Safety
A great deal of time is spent in both design and engineering of the products. Every design is original and patented, and tested with international safety standards. Our products all conform to American standards of ASTM F963 and European standards of EN71. We use water-based, non-toxic paint. Also, every detail is important to us, so the chalk included with the product is dustless and not harmful to one's health.
BEHIND THE PROJECT
Dream Car is the first product that is ready from a bigger project called "Huzi", which I started about two years ago. Huzi is a collection of smart and sustainable design objects that keep the curious sparkles in our eyes, for playful kids and the kids inside all of us as adults. Feel free to check out our website www.huzidesign.com!
Besides natural materials and durability, sustainability in our heirloom products also means the unquantifiable sense, like beauty, meaning and nostalgic tendencies. Kids will play with our products at a young age; the classic designs remain timeless and are appreciated by older kids and parents; and lasting meaningful stories are passed on from generation to generation.
I discussed this project with some young and talented designers from around the world and they all jumped on board. Designed in collaboration with these wonderful designers, Huzi's smart design objects tell meaningful stories and invite us to touch, play, laugh, love, think and learn.
Hannah from New York, USA
BCXSY from Eindhoven, Netherlands
Daisuke Motogi from Tokyo, Japan
Daris Diego Del Ciello from Milan, Italy
Masahiro Minami from Shiga, Japan
Michiko Eguchi from Kyoto, Japan
Mike Mak from Hong Kong, China
Ps. I named the project Huzi, which means moustache in Chinese, after a quirky thought I had. Imagine what the world would look like if we all have a moustache?
SHOW SOME LOVE AND SUPPORT!
Dream Car is ready to go into production. There is a minimum order quantity just like all other products, so just one thing is missing - we need cool supporters like you to bring the project to life!
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Risks and challenges
We're now reviewing the release samples before the first batch of cars can be made, which is scheduled to take place right after Kickstarter end date. We're doing our best to make the process as smooth as possible. However, since this is the first batch, there's a slight chance that we may have schedule delays due to unforeseen issues. But we think quality always comes first! We will ensure that the rewards arriving at your doors will be as perfect as can be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are charging a flat-rate shipping fee to anywhere in the world. Please remember to add the stated amount for shipping onto your pledge. It takes less than a minute. Here's how:
Go to the Kickstarter site and click on "Me"
Then click on: "My Backed Projects"
Then: "Dream Car"
Then: "Manage Your Pledge"
Add the shipping to the original pledge to get the new total. For example, $65 + $10 = $75.
Then enter the new total $75 under: "Pledge Amount"
We are charging a flat-rate shipping fee to anywhere in the world. So, please remember to add the stated amount for shipping onto your pledge.
Pledge $1 or more
Your name will be on the “thank you” mural at the huzi studio.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
A set of Kickstarter-exclusive Dream Car Mini Chalkboards. Add $5 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $65 or more
34 backers Limited (16 left of 50)
EARLY BIRD PRICE: 1 set. Choose from Style 1 to 4. Add $10 for shipping. (will retail for $100-120)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $85 or more
1 set. Choose from Style 1 to 4. Add $10 for shipping. (will retail for $100-120)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $130 or more
23 backers Limited (12 left of 35)
EARLY BIRD PRICE: 2 sets. Choose from Style 1 to 4. Add $20 for shipping. (will retail for $200 to 240)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $165 or more
2 sets. Choose from Style 1 to 4. Add $20 for shipping. (will retail for $200 to 240)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $260 or more
17 backers Limited (3 left of 20)
EARLY BIRD PRICE: 4 sets. Collect all styles and build a train. This special collection includes personalized engraving. Add $40 for shipping. (will retail for $440)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $330 or more
4 sets. Collect all styles and build a train. This special collection includes personalized engraving. Add $40 for shipping. (will retail for $440)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $800 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
All 4 styles + Exclusive first looks at new products in the huzi collection (to be produced in second quarter of 2013), be able to provide feedback and get first access for purchase.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $4,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
All 4 styles + huzi's next design furniture product once it's ready (second quarter of 2013). Check out www.huzidesign.com for a sneak peek of what it could be!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $8,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
All 4 styles + huzi's next design furniture product + flight to Hong Kong and an exclusive tour of the huzi studio. Be a real insider!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (35 days)