AU$ 11,395
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Maaike PullarBy Maaike Pullar
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Maaike PullarBy Maaike Pullar
First created
AU$ 11,395
pledged of AU$ 98,500pledged of AU$ 98,500 goal
42
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 11 2018 2:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Make your own piece of furniture with this mini master class in upholstery skills, and a box full of supplies.

It's an upholstery workshop experience right in your own home.
A rewarding hands on project, and a creative outlet for students of all experience levels.

You'll start with a box and end with a fab piece of furniture! Not to mention a handy new skillset...

We've made it so simple. Just clear that bench/dining table, then...

  • Unpack your sturdy plywood and pine parts, metal hardware and precision cut upholstery supplies

  • Source your fabric, assemble your tools, or opt to include one or both accessory packs in your kit.
  • Log on for professional video tutorials
  • Refer to your handy print guide, and make your own notes as you go.
  • Jump up and down! You made a very excellent piece of furniture with your own two hands!

Intrigued? Watch the video, learn more about furnish.ed and the Atomic Ottoman Kit in the details below, and consider backing our project – It's a box full of fun, and your support is vital to our success. Don't forget to tell your friends!

 We’ve placed 10 years of furniture making and teaching experience in a box, along with quality supplies to make your own piece of furniture.   

It can be done in a day, or in smaller steps and stolen moments. All you need to do is assemble your tools and clear the table.

You can make it by yourself, or with a whole host of friends.

The Atomic Ottoman Kit is designed to be made with simple hand tools you've probably got at home - flat & phillips screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, fabric scissors. A medium duty staple gun from your local multinational hardware chain, a little time with a sewing machine.  

The base kit excludes final fabric. We wouldn’t dream of telling you what to wear, so we won’t tell you what to put on your furniture - but we promise the printed instructions will help you plan your own creative solution.

We know upholstery is rewarding and addictive and we know you’ll find new projects you want to conquer. So we’ve made sure the Atomic Ottoman Kit provides you with more than just  a day of fun and a stylish piece of furniture. 

Developed over 2 years of live workshops, testing and refinement, the Atomic Ottoman is more than just an upholstered seat. It’s a project specifically designed to teach you essential, professional upholstery techniques you’ll be able to use on future projects.

It’s a mini master class in contemporary upholstery foundations, designed to create confidence and build core skills. We’re talking about key techniques you’ll use time after time in your new found obsession.

Let's not forget the awesome piece of furniture you'll have at the end of the day! 

Far from being stuck in the past, the simplicity of the form makes it the perfect canvas for a variety of styles, so get ready to channel your inner designer. 

 You’re wondering, if you buy the kit, will you really do it? Or will it be one more ‘one day’ project at the bottom of a long to do list? We’ve had our own personal experience with UFOs (un-finished objects), and know that keeping you motivated is important, and like minded community can be key to staying inspired. 

The Atomic Ottoman Kit is an exciting piece for you to make, a grounding in contemporary upholstery skills, and the first chapter of furnish.ed.  

 Turning our live workshop into an at-home learning experience is our way of helping you transition from would-be upholsterer to confident maker, wherever you are - by making things simple, and delivering it to your door.

We can't do it alone, so we're engaging a crack team of professionals.

To add to the excitement, we're collaborating with Julie Paterson of Cloth Fabric - her textiles are a favourite of ours and our students.

Ready to pledge for a piece of the action?
Read on for more details on specific rewards.

If you’ve ever wondered about DIY Upholstery, wished for a reliable resource or a simple set of steps, the Atomic Ottoman Kit is the answer.  

Your support makes all the difference to us, so we’ve assembled a series of rewards to show our gratitude. From writing your name on our furniture, to sharing our dream planning notebook and collaborating with renowned designers for exclusive swag and special offers for founding alumni.

Select a reward today from the column on the right and we'll deliver it to your door - ready for you to enjoy on your time and your terms.

Whatever role you play in the Class of 2018 we’ll be forever grateful you helped us reach our funding goal. 

 Fear not. Once we have our 50 founders, there's still room in the class for you! 

If you love having the right tools for the trade, make sure you back a reward which includes our essential equipment, rather than track down your own motley crew of implements.  

We've assembled our favourites in a handy storage box, so all you have to do is dig up a sewing machine and source fabric + scissors. And clear that table.

Level up and select a kit within a kit! Piecing and patching has always been our favourite way to work, and we've found a like mind to bring you a unique selection of textiles so you can create something truly special.

We've organised a special collaboration with Julie Paterson, Australian Painter, printmaker and textile designer.

Each ScrapCloth bundle has been individually assembled by Julie for the Atomic Ottoman Kit. No two bundles being the same, she combines a mix of printed and plain Clothfabric upholstery weight linen and hemp plus choice offcuts from some of her latest prototype fabrics - material that you ‘ll find nowhere else! Natural linen piping and buttons are also included.

Backers of the ScrapCloth Bundle will be asked to nominate one of three colourways once our project is funded. 

ScrapCloth Bundles also come with 3 Composition Design suggestions from Julie. Check out these handsome examples made from ScrapCloth Bundles.

Be the Cool Kids. 

Form your own circle of friends and create a Satelite Classroom. If you're in NSW, Victoria, Queensland or the A.C.T, assemble your posse for a very special experience.

As a reward for buying in bulk, I will personally deliver your kits, saving you postage. I’ll also stay to teach the full day workshop myself, providing tools for everyone to loan.

All you need is 9 friends, enough tables, a roof and 4 walls. 

I’m looking at you, Melbourne, Canberra, Kiama, Wollongong, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Orange, Bathurst, Central Coast, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Brisbane.

If you’re further afield but want to organise your own satellite Class, please contact me to see what we can arrange!

 Blue and Ink are one-offs that won't be repeated, while Red Head, Naturally and Double Denim will never be exactly replicated, because  even within the colorways of warm, cool and natural, the pieces that make up every ScrapCloth Bundle are unique.

Risks and challenges

We’ve spent 2 years teaching the Atomic Ottoman class, refining the model, perfecting the process. For the past 6 months we’ve worked unpaid to translate the live workshop into the lightest, smallest form possible without sacrificing quality. We’ve selected quality materials to ensure a premium product, and we’re developing custom packaging to make sure all those things arrive at your door in pristine condition.

We’ve done our best to keep the Atomic Ottoman Kit production in Australia, where we can meet our contractors and know their working conditions are fair.

We have invested 6k of our own funds into 2 rounds of prototyping and development. We needed to know that we could deliver you the best workshop experience in a box at a fair price, at a time we say we will.

A good portion of funds raised go straight to that network of suppliers – the CNC people, the upholstery suppliers, the box people and the delivery folk.

The other chunk goes towards your education.

At furnish.ed we have plenty of experience designing and delivering education in person, but we’re new to film and television, so we’re already in consultation with the right people to help translate our experience into this new arena

Upholstery is a beautiful, mindful, creative and fulfilling craft that can also require mental gymnastics and be more confusing than you technically thought it had a right to be. So we want to make sure you have the best possible quality of tuition, and to ensure everything from the packaging design to the instruction manual, video tutorials and website give you a great experience.

In order to achieve that goal, we’ve committed to working with people over robots and monkeys, which means making reasonable contributions towards keeping said team fed, housed and clothed. But we think they’re worth it. (I mean, did you SEE our pitch video?)

We're keen to produce the first wave of kits in 2018, ready for delivery - something about an undiagnosed bt deepseated desire to feel like Santa Claus. But we also don't want to let you down. Our team and suppliers are human, and the unexpected can happen, so we're saying February, but hoping to surprise you.

On the topic of delivery, Shipping is it's own challenge. Our Atomic Ottoman Kits contain a whole piece of furniture, between 5 and 6 kilos depending on your chosen accessories. In order to ensure you the best possible price, we're opting to wait until funding success to charge shipping. Knowing our exact shipping quantities will help us lower the cost to backers, which we think is a worthwhile step.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    Our Infinite Gratitude!

    Your support means so much to us!
    We're going to write your name on the demo fabric we'll use in the professional video tutorial demonstrations, and include it in the time capsule we plan to leave inside that very special Ottoman - to be discovered by generations to come.

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    The furnish.ed Notebook

    furnish.ed exists to support the at home maker, movers and shakers. The upholstery and DIY project obsessed.

    In thanks for your support of us, we'd like to send you a custom designed journal to help you track your projects, plan your cut lists and design your details. It's got all the features we find handy, so we know you'll find it handy too!

    *Shipping charged separately
    est. $10AUD National
    est. $20AUD NZ
    est. $40AUD USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

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    Pledge AU$ 120 or more About US$ 87

    Virtual Student

    You're pretty handy, and you can assemble your own materials.
    You're keen to skip over the kit and get blow-by-blow demonstrations of professional techniques in contemporary upholstery, to accelerate your learning and take your DIY projects to the next level.

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    Pledge AU$ 370 or more About US$ 267

    Class of 2018 - Founding Alumni

    You’re smart, you’re funny and we like your shoes, but best of all, you’re a trendsetter! You’re paving the way for future waves of students, so we’re coming to the party with a special 'Early Bird' reward level for the first 50 backers.

    The Atomic Ottoman Base kit is expected to retail in Australia at $420. If you're a Founding Alumni you'll get it for $370+ shipping

    The kit includes

    - CNC routed ply frame
    - pine timber legs + metal brackets
    - screws, tacks
    - all the upholstery foundation materials** you need.
    - Printed instruction manual with room for notes
    - professional video tutorials you can refer to again and again.

    *Shipping charged separately
    est. $33AUD National
    est. $66AUD NZ
    est. $145AUD USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

    Includes:
    • The Atomic Ottoman Base Kit
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    Pledge AU$ 390 or more About US$ 282

    Class of 2018

    You might have missed out on becoming Founding Alumni, but you can still be part of the class of 2018!

    Backers of this reward will receive the first generation furnish.ed Atomic Ottoman Kit

    The Atomic Ottoman Base kit includes
    - a CNC routed ply frame
    - pine timber legs + brackets
    - hardware
    - all the upholstery foundation materials you need**
    - Student Planner/progress journal including exclusive print instruction content
    - Professional online video tutorials you can refer to again and again.

    *Shipping charged separately
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    est. $66AUD NZ
    est. $145AUD USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

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    Pledge AU$ 450 or more About $324

    Own the Original - Furnish.ed Blue

    Not the DIY Kind? You can still enjoy a piece of the action.

    Back this reward to receive the one and only Atomic Ottoman featured in all our instruction booklets. Rocking block printed indigo linen, which we all know goes with everything.

    Upholstered and signed by studioMAAIKE

    *Includes shipping to Australia/NZ/USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

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    Pledge AU$ 520 or more About US$ 375

    Class of 2018 + Tack Pack

    You're a make-do-and-mend kind of person, but you also love having the right tools for the trade.

    You'd rather receive a fully loaded tool box than track down your own motley crew of implements.

    We've assembled our essentials in a handy storage box

    *Our favourite hand held staplegun
    *1000 staples to get the job done
    *Flushcut Pincers
    *American made timber handled staple lifter

    so all you have to do is source fabric and scissors. And clear that table.

    *Shipping charged separately
    est. $33AUD National
    est. $66AUD NZ
    est. $145AUD USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

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    • The Essential TackPack assembled by furnish.ed
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    Pledge AU$ 570 or more About US$ 412

    Class of 2018 + ScrapCloth Bundle

    Choose the Atomic Ottoman Kit and an exclusive fabric pack from renowned Australian printmaker and textile designer Julie Paterson of ClothFabric.

    Each ScrapCloth bundle has been individually assembled by Julie for the Atomic Ottoman Kit.

    No two bundles being the same, she combines a mix of printed and plain Clothfabric upholstery weight linen and hemp plus choice offcuts from some of her latest prototype fabrics - material that you ‘ll find nowhere else! Natural linen piping and buttons are also included.

    *please note you can nominate your colourway of choice via our backer survey once funding has been achieved.

    *Shipping charged separately
    est. $33AUD National
    est. $66AUD NZ
    est. $145AUD USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

    Includes:
    • The Atomic Ottoman Base Kit
    • ScrapCloth Fabric Bundle in 1 of 3 colorways
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    Own an Original - Double Denim

    Not the DIY Kind? You can still enjoy a piece of the action.

    *Includes shipping to Australia/NZ/USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

    Back this reward to receive the one and only original Double Denim Atomic Ottoman, Upholstered by studioMAAIKE featuring ScrapCloth in The Two Thirds One Third Composition.

    Curation and layout design by renowned Australian printer and textile designer - Julie Paterson of Clothfabric.

    Handsomely tailored to embrace the blues, Double denim bundles are spliced with indigo and surf on natural linens, with a shot of red for a bit of class.

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    Own an Original - Red Head

    Not the DIY Kind? You can still enjoy a piece of the action.

    Back this reward to receive the one and only original Red Head Atomic Ottoman, Upholstered by studioMAAIKE featuring ScrapCloth in "Off the Edge" Composition.

    Curation and layout design by renowned Australian printer and textile designer - Julie Paterson of Clothfabric.

    A bold combination of strong red oxide and rust on raw linen, with accents of sepia, bone and charcoal. Redhead is a dance with fire and earth.

    *Includes shipping to Australia/NZ/USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

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    Own an Original - Naturally

    Not the DIY Kind? You can still enjoy a piece of the action.

    Back this reward to receive the one and only original Naturally Atomic Ottoman, Upholstered by studioMAAIKE featuring ScrapCloth in Classic Combo Composition.

    Curation and layout design by renowned Australian printer and textile designer - Julie Paterson of Clothfabric.

    Earthy and refined, Naturally includes more the muted tones of cloudy grey, slate and straw, contrasting with rich accents of chocolate and charcoal.

    *Includes shipping to Australia/NZ/USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

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    Pledge AU$ 700 or more About US$ 505

    Honour Roll

    A model student, your motto is "Always be Prepared".

    You'll be wanting the Atomic Ottoman Base Kit, plus the right tools for the job, and a fabric pack from one of Australia's favourite textile designers (in your choice of warm/cool/neutral).

    Schedule that time out now - backing at this level means you'll receive 3 rewards in one box, so nothing will stand between you and your Atomic Ottoman!

    *Shipping charged separately
    est. $33AUD National
    est. $66AUD NZ
    est. $145AUD USA/CAN/Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific

    Includes:
    • The Atomic Ottoman Base Kit
    • ScrapCloth Fabric Bundle in 1 of 3 colorways
    • The Essential TackPack assembled by furnish.ed
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    Pledge AU$ 6,000 or more About US$ 4,332

    Satellite Class

    If you're in the eastern states of Australia between Melbourne and Brisbane, rally the troops for a very special experience.
    Groups of 10 can pledge for a live workshop. That means I'll deliver your kits to you personally and run the full day workshop with you, bringing tools for everyone to loan.
    That means not only will you have access to hands on teaching, and plenty of time to ask all the questions you can think of about upholstery, creative small business, shopping secrets and more.
    Of course you'll still have access to those video tutorials as well.
    All you need is 9 friends, 6 tables, a roof and walls.

    Includes:
    • 10× The Atomic Ottoman Base Kit
    • Live Workshop with Maaike at your place
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Funding period

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