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Josh UrsoBy Josh Urso
First created
Josh UrsoBy Josh Urso
First created
$872
pledged of 23.000 $pledged of 23.000 $ goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 16 2014 1:55 PM UTC +00:00

About

Tabby is a modern styled powder-coated steel coffee table that arrives flat in the mail, assembles quickly without tools, and celebrates manufacturing through subtle industrial motifs.

I've been dreaming, designing, and making modern furniture for over 15 years. I love the process of going from that eureka moment to finally seeing, feeling, and using the object that was once just a picture in my head. And then the real joy comes when someone else looks at the design and says, “Hey, I want one of those!”

The Tabby Story

The Tabby coffee table was an idea that I had about a year ago after doing some work with a local metal and powder-coating manufacturer. I wanted to use his materials: slick, sturdy, glossy powder-coated steel, to make something that was my style. My idea was part puzzle pieces, part do-it-yourself construction, and part easy up easy down for packing and storage. I wanted to have it produced in quantity so that the design was price-wise accessible to a wide audience. And I wanted it made by a local manufacturing company to support domestic businesses.

It was a tall order to fill, but I got started with prototyping and finalized the design. The design is made up of three types of pieces: Top, Leg, and Side.  The Top pieces are each identical, connect together, connect to the Side piece, and rest on the Leg pieces.  The Leg pieces are each identical, connect together, connect to the Side piece, and support the Top pieces.  Each table has only 1 Side piece.  The Side piece joins the Top to the Legs.  

The finished Tabby prototype made itself at home in my living room almost immediately.  I use it every day to hold magazines and cups of coffee; I put my feet up on it. It's served up many lazy dinner in front of the TV and quite a few cocktails with friends. And when I need to move it out of the way for a larger gathering or some remodeling, I just disassemble it and tuck the pieces in a corner.

We need your help!

But in order to finish the project and bring Tabby to the world, I need to place a minimum order with the manufacturer.  This would require a larger investment in the design than I can do on my own.  That’s where you come in!  I need your support to make that minimum quantity purchase from my local metal fabricator. I already have a working prototype; I’ve been using it in my apartment for about a year now.  The design is ready to go; it just needs to be put into production.

With your support, I can produce Tabby in the US and offer it to customers through my website and through various other modern furniture purveyors, both brick and mortar and online.Tabby will be the first step in the direction of a more accessible, lower price point line of furniture and home goods offered by Josh Urso Design.

Made in the USA

Supporting the Tabby project means support for two American businesses: both my furniture design business and the NJ-based metal manufacturer that will produce the design. I am passionate about preserving American jobs in manufacturing and believe strongly that buying American made goods is the easiest way to do that.

Tabby – The Specs

Powder coated steel coffee table design

6-12 pieces (depending on size) that fit together without tools.  The flat sections have tabs and slots that lock together to form the structure.

4 colors available: Cobalt Blue, Gloss White, Matte Black, Goldenrod

3 sizes available: Small 2’ x 2’ x 15”tall, Medium 2’ x 3’ x 15”tall, Large 2’ x 4’ x 15”tall

Colors – the following images are renderings to show available colors

Cobalt Blue
Cobalt Blue
Gloss White
Gloss White
Matte Black
Matte Black
Goldenrod
Goldenrod

Sizes

Tabby is available in three sizes.  The video shows the Medium size with 9 pieces.  The Small size has 6 pieces, 1 fewer top piece and 2 fewer leg pieces than the Medium.  The Large size has 12 pieces, 1 more top piece and 2 more leg pieces than the Medium.  The Large size can be converted down to a Medium or Small by simply removing sections.  The Medium can be converted to a Small by removing sections.

Small: 2' x 2' x 15", 6 pieces
Small: 2' x 2' x 15", 6 pieces
Medium: 3' x 2' x 15", 9 pieces (Just like in the video)
Medium: 3' x 2' x 15", 9 pieces (Just like in the video)
Large: 4' x 2' x 15", 12 pieces
Large: 4' x 2' x 15", 12 pieces

The Rewards

Tables

I would love to thank you for helping fund the production of the Tabby coffee table with a fantastic Early Bird price for a table of any size in the Cobalt Blue color.  I’m also offering a deeply discounted price for a table of any size in one of four production colors: Cobalt Blue, Gloss White, Matte Black, or Goldenrod.  Shipping within the Continental US is included.  Message us if you need an international shipping quote. 

The Brass Tabby

Rendering to show material
Rendering to show material

There are 2 limited edition Brass tables available that will be signed and numbered to thank a couple special backers who really want to contribute a great deal to this project.  They are in the medium size and made of unfinished sheet brass that will tarnish and patina over time.  It’s always costly to have one or two of anything produced, and when it’s made from a premium material like brass, it becomes more of a luxury item.  We would love to see a couple of these made.

Dry Erase Message Board

Proposed design rendering
Proposed design rendering

In the video we used an actual piece of Tabby, but you’ll get an 11.5" x 13.25” Cobalt Blue powder-coated steel message board with attached marker that looks like a Tabby piece.  It has a hole at the top for a nail or picture hanger and the white chalk marker will be attached with a ball chain through those little holes at the bottom.  You can put it on your desk for doodling or reminders, or in the kitchen to make that grocery list, or next to your apartment’s front door to leave nasty messages to your roommates reminding them to pick up after themselves.  Wherever.  It’s old school communication but hey, it’s fun!

T-Shirt

Show your support for the Tabby project every time you wear this nice baseball style tee I designed.  It’s printed in my neighborhood, Jersey City, so you’ll be supporting two American businesses with this one too.  When the project is funded, I'll be able to contact you and let you choose the size that you need.

Telephone Call Thank You

I will personally call you and thank you for your support.  I’m kinda shy so you need to pay up to make me get on the phone.

A Big Thank You on the Website

I’ll put your name on the Tabby page of the website, personally noting your support of the project.

Updates on the Project

I will be providing weekly (and in many cases daily) updates on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/joshursodesign  Please "like" us to keep up with our progress.  I will also be posting frequently on www.twitter.com/joshursodesign with musings on the whole adventure.

More Info?

I welcome your questions and comments, so please don't hesitate to ask. I will add this information to the project as needed so everyone can feel informed.

Thank You!

I feel so fortunate to live in this modern age where we can connect with our supporters on such a personal level.  I am so grateful for the support of each and every one of you!

Risks and challenges

My goal is to deliver your Thank Yous by the end of 2014 but I will be at the mercy of my manufacturing partners to make this happen. I have chosen to work with local businesses for the tables, message boards, and t-shirts so it will be easier to keep tabs on their progress. I have personally worked with the metal manufacturer before, so I have a good relationship with him and know how to work with him.

Although I have a lot of experience shipping fine furniture pieces all over the world, if a large amount of Tabbys are spoken for through this campaign, coordinating the shipping effort will be challenging. I plan on doing a ship test once the campaign wraps up so that I am certain the pack-out is adequate to safely and securely get your tables to you. I will be working with UPS, who already has a daily pickup scheduled with Josh Urso Design, to deliver the tables. The message boards and t-shirts will ship via USPS Priority Mail so that packaging is already determined.

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    A big Thank You! For your support of the Tabby project we'd love to mention your name on our website.

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    A personal Thank You Call from Josh Urso: He's a quiet man, so you've gotta pony up to hear his voice!

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    The T-shirt: A Josh Urso Design Tshirt with the Tabby design and a fun "Come Together" slogan. Show your support for independent projects whenever you wear it.

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    Message Board: A powder coated steel dry erase board. It's cobalt blue, shaped like a Tabby piece, and comes with a ball chain leashed white marker. Great for drawing, doodling, or for the kitchen, office, or dorm room.

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    Early Bird Small Tabby:
    Get in at wholesale and save $275. This table is Cobalt Blue, 2' x 2' x 15", and is great for apartments or smaller spaces.

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    Small Tabby:
    Support early and save $100 off the retail price of $550. Choose your color: Cobalt Blue, Gloss White, Matte Black, or Goldenrod.

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    Early Bird Medium Tabby (the one in the video):
    Get in early and save $250. This table is Cobalt Blue, 2' x 3' x 15", and a flexible option for those who need a bit more coffee table.

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    Medium Tabby: Get the 2' x 3' x 15" Tabby in any color: Cobalt Blue, Gloss White, Matte Black, or Goldenrod. Save $150 off the retail price of $750.

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    Early Bird Large Tabby:
    Save $300 off the retail price of $950 on the biggest Cobalt Blue Tabby: 2' x 4' x 15". Great for big living rooms, media rooms, or the office.

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    Large Tabby:
    Get the largest Tabby 2' x 4' x 15" and choose your color: Cobalt Blue, Gloss White, Matte Black, or Goldenrod. Save $150 off retail.

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    Limited Edition Brass Tabby:
    A Medium Tabby (2' x 3' x 15") in unfinished brass sheet metal. The raw brass will develop a warm patina over time depending on use. This table will be signed and numbered so everyone will know just how special it is.

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- (30 days)