The Venn Puzzle is a surprisingly difficult dexterity challenge and an intriguing addition to your desk, shelf, or coffee table.
The process of assembling the Puzzle can offer a meditative break during your day, or occupy your hands while in conversation or deep thought.
The Venn Puzzle is comprised of three identical pieces of die-cast stainless steel. While the finished object appears simple, the design and manufacturing process was, in fact, our most complicated to date.
Use it to challenge your friends, to surprise a puzzle lover, or simply to ponder the density of solid stainless steel.
The assembled Venn Puzzle creates a perfect sphere — so each piece makes up one-third of the sphere by volume. These pieces are cast from molten stainless steel in a ‘die’ or mold at temperatures over 2500°F.
The Venn Puzzle is very similar in size to a standard pool ball (2.25 inches), but nearly five times the weight. Each individual piece weighs almost 10 ounces and the full puzzle weighs one pound 10 ounces.
It is surprisingly heavy and cool to the touch. As you slide the puzzle open and closed, the pieces move in unison like the blades of a camera aperture.
To assemble the puzzle, you have to precisely align six different points simultaneously — the trick is that you cannot see all six points at once.
You have to slowly adjust and realign until all the pieces are in just the right orientation and then — *success* — it all slides together.
Mechanical puzzles have fascinated designers and engineers for hundreds of years. Experts, amateurs, and everyone in between have found pleasure and satisfaction in trying to master these physical puzzles.
We wanted to see if we could make one with our own geometry that assembled into a sphere of solid stainless steel. We loved the contrast of the rougher, angular interior faces, against the smooth, curved exterior surface.
The Venn Puzzle is the most complicated production project we’ve ever tackled. We have been developing the product for the better part of 2 years: fine-tuning the geometry, finding the right manufacturing partner, and refining the finishing process. We are finally ready to to go into production and planning to finance our first run with this campaign.
The tooling is made, the final samples are in hand, and we are ready to bring the Venn Puzzle to life!
I developed the Jack Puzzle as something of a statement piece — I thought it was an interesting object that added character to our collection and said something about how we think and what our priorities are. I wasn’t expecting it to sell particularly well, and we were stunned when it became one of our best selling products. — Hunter Craighill
The success of the Jack Puzzle gave us the confidence to produce another puzzle. We have been lucky to find an audience for many of the strange, sometimes-functional objects that we love to make, and we’re hoping to expand that audience through this Kickstarter campaign.
The puzzle will come with a small metal display stand, and it will come packed in a purpose-built custom cardboard tube.
Our designer Lorenz Mager has also created an original 11 x 17 inch print inspired by technical drawings of the Venn Puzzle.
Craighill is a design team based in Brooklyn, NY, founded by Hunter Craighill in 2015.
Our approach to design emerged from a simple combination of curiosity and impatience. Hunter studied architecture in college, but found that product-scale design better suited his interests and lack of patience. Product design allowed for an equally rigorous, justified approach to design decision making, but with results that could be seen in weeks rather than years.
Craighill produces considered objects of all varieties. Currently we focus on a combination of home and personal accessories, but we don’t limit ourselves to any one material, style, or category of product. We consider our catalog to be unified by a certain conceptual approach.
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Risks and challenges
The main risks are associated with timelines. We're fully confident in our ability to deliver puzzles, but if our campaign were to significantly surpass our goal, we can't guarantee that all backers would receive their puzzles by the holidays.
At Craighill, we have a great deal of experience with delivering large orders on strict timelines, so we are certain of our ability to handle the fulfillment to our backers. If something unexpected does arise, we will maintain clear and open lines of communication with our supporters to keep them informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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