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They bite, grab, clip and tie blankets and sheets to allow kids to build the most amazing blanket forts and dens at home!
They bite, grab, clip and tie blankets and sheets to allow kids to build the most amazing blanket forts and dens at home!
They bite, grab, clip and tie blankets and sheets to allow kids to build the most amazing blanket forts and dens at home!
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DENSTERS! Toy monsters that build blanket forts & dens!

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We've reached our target and we have some awesome Stretch Goals!!

If we reach £24k, it will allow us to create an online community platform for you all to share your ideas and creations that you've made with the Densters with each other and the rest of the world!
If we reach £24k, it will allow us to create an online community platform for you all to share your ideas and creations that you've made with the Densters with each other and the rest of the world!

  

 

 

   

Meet the Densters, a set of playful and functional toy monsters, which connect together and allow kids to build the most amazing dens and forts at home! There are six unique characters in the Densters family. Each of them is a unique den connector, but they also have a functional purpose in the home: bag hook, cable holder, bookmark, door-stopper, bracelet and phone stand! This means that they can be useful to both kids and adults in one of their three roles:

 

 

Densters set includes: Cheekaboo, Wizetta, Grumpo, Hoopsta, Snella & three Zigzies + PDF colouring pages + visual instructions with ideas on how to use the Densters and build incredible dens and forts!

 

Cheekaboo clamps onto shelves, chairs and tables. Her versatile shape is perfect for grabbing bedsheets onto furniture! Her hook-shaped legs are also great for hanging your bag or anything similar.
Cheekaboo clamps onto shelves, chairs and tables. Her versatile shape is perfect for grabbing bedsheets onto furniture! Her hook-shaped legs are also great for hanging your bag or anything similar.

 

 
Wizetta is very flexible and curls around handles and rods, so you can attach her in those difficult spots, where nothing else holds! She has a special star-shaped hole that can grab bedsheets and blankets.
Wizetta is very flexible and curls around handles and rods, so you can attach her in those difficult spots, where nothing else holds! She has a special star-shaped hole that can grab bedsheets and blankets.

 

Grumpo is perfect for tucking underneath doors or wardrobes, and then his strong jaw firmly grips sheets using the door's pressure! Other than that he's a great doorstopper!
Grumpo is perfect for tucking underneath doors or wardrobes, and then his strong jaw firmly grips sheets using the door's pressure! Other than that he's a great doorstopper!

 

Snella's strong suction cup base sticks onto any smooth surface (window, wardrobe or table). Her mouth grabs and holds any fabric! When not building dens, Snella can hold any phone (up to 6" size)
Snella's strong suction cup base sticks onto any smooth surface (window, wardrobe or table). Her mouth grabs and holds any fabric! When not building dens, Snella can hold any phone (up to 6" size)

 

Hoopsta hooks around door knobs, bed poles. Wrap a bedsheet through his mouth and he won't let go!
Hoopsta hooks around door knobs, bed poles. Wrap a bedsheet through his mouth and he won't let go!

 

Zigzies clip onto bedsheets and blankets, allowing you to connect many sheets together and expand your den to infinity! Their tail is also perfect for keeping your cables tidy!
Zigzies clip onto bedsheets and blankets, allowing you to connect many sheets together and expand your den to infinity! Their tail is also perfect for keeping your cables tidy!

 

 

Hoopsta, Cheekaboo and Wizetta will impress adults and children with their stylish den!
Hoopsta, Cheekaboo and Wizetta will impress adults and children with their stylish den!

 

Hoopsta. Zigzies and Cheekaboo know how to build a cosy little den.
Hoopsta. Zigzies and Cheekaboo know how to build a cosy little den.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've met our goal, but if we manage to reach £21k, we will include a printed booklet in every set, which contains the beautiful illustrated story (as seen in video) and lots of ideas how to use the Densters
We've met our goal, but if we manage to reach £21k, we will include a printed booklet in every set, which contains the beautiful illustrated story (as seen in video) and lots of ideas how to use the Densters

 

Our next Stretch goal is £24k, which will allow us to create an online community platform for you all to share your ideas and creations that you've made with the Densters with each other and the rest of the world!
Our next Stretch goal is £24k, which will allow us to create an online community platform for you all to share your ideas and creations that you've made with the Densters with each other and the rest of the world!

We really need your support to gather funds and produce the Densters! We created a set of rewards that allow you to pre-order the toys as single, double sets or even mega packs. The sooner you order, the better the deal! By ordering them now, you will become part of an amazing project and will be the first in the world to play with the Densters! Thank you!

 

Densters Full Set contains all of the characters and is enough to make any kind of den at home, or even just use them as functional objects in your everyday life!
Densters Full Set contains all of the characters and is enough to make any kind of den at home, or even just use them as functional objects in your everyday life!

 

Two Densters Sets are ideal for families with two or more kids or for playing alone and building a mega den! Otherwise, you can keep one set for yourself and give one as a gift to someone!
Two Densters Sets are ideal for families with two or more kids or for playing alone and building a mega den! Otherwise, you can keep one set for yourself and give one as a gift to someone!

 

Three full sets of Densters for yourself, your family and friends and make some awesome dens and forts!
Three full sets of Densters for yourself, your family and friends and make some awesome dens and forts!

 

Densters Super Pack is ideal for big families, parties and gifts. With a total of 5 sets including 40x toys, you can make massive dens with your family and friends!
Densters Super Pack is ideal for big families, parties and gifts. With a total of 5 sets including 40x toys, you can make massive dens with your family and friends!

 

Densters Mega Pack is perfect for nurseries, schools and kids clubs. With a total of 10 sets including 80x toys, you can really take den building to a whole new level! And at a great price!
Densters Mega Pack is perfect for nurseries, schools and kids clubs. With a total of 10 sets including 80x toys, you can really take den building to a whole new level! And at a great price!

 

Densters Workshop!  Creative party workshop run by experienced stuff and hosted in our design studio in central London! You also get to take away 5x sets of Densters!
Densters Workshop! Creative party workshop run by experienced stuff and hosted in our design studio in central London! You also get to take away 5x sets of Densters!

 

 

Creating the Densters was a lot of fun and even more hard work! From concept to realisation, it took us one whole year! We're finally ready to bring them to life, start production and offer them to kids around the world!

 

 

You can choose to tell your kids the "designer-maker" side of the story, with all our sketching, prototyping and testing, or the "bedtime-style" story, about how the Densters ended up in our homes and became friends with kids! So let us tell you their story:

Once upon a time on planet earth...
Once upon a time on planet earth...

 

A curious ship, discovered, an island full of wonderful exotic fruit.
A curious ship, discovered, an island full of wonderful exotic fruit.

 

But what they didn't notice, were the strange creatures hiding in the jungle!
But what they didn't notice, were the strange creatures hiding in the jungle!

  

The ship took lots of fruit back to the city market...
The ship took lots of fruit back to the city market...

 

Where a father bought a whole crate for his children, but to everyone’s surprise, it was filled with friendly little creatures!
Where a father bought a whole crate for his children, but to everyone’s surprise, it was filled with friendly little creatures!

 

 

Scroll below to see some of the most interesting extracts from our design process, how we developed the Densters design, functionality and characters. We had to ensure that they work well, look cool and are easy to manufacture. We tried and tested hundreds of product shapes, grip techniques and character looks in order to create a balance between functional and fun!

Sketching and sketching and more sketching...
Sketching and sketching and more sketching...

 

Product design development drawings
Product design development drawings

 

3D modelling of Cheekaboo in Autodesk Fusion 360
3D modelling of Cheekaboo in Autodesk Fusion 360

 

Lots of flexible 3D printing with our Ultimaker 2 and NinjaFlex filament
Lots of flexible 3D printing with our Ultimaker 2 and NinjaFlex filament

 

Infinite prototype iterations (3d printed, silicone cast, plasticine moulded)
Infinite prototype iterations (3d printed, silicone cast, plasticine moulded)

 

We went to kids to get ideas for colours, names and characters
We went to kids to get ideas for colours, names and characters

 

Tensile strength and durability testing in Autodesk Fusion 360
Tensile strength and durability testing in Autodesk Fusion 360

 

Final prototyping (NinjaFlex 3D printing, Silicone Casting, Spray painting...)
Final prototyping (NinjaFlex 3D printing, Silicone Casting, Spray painting...)

 

 

As soon as we had our first prototype models, we went to kids, to get their feedback and ideas. For every iteration of the design, we consulted with our young experts, to make sure they like them and find them easy and fun to use!

Together we built dens, designed the products, sketched characters, picked colours, brainstormed names and just had a lot of fun!

 

 

But doing a project for kids is no easy task. To understand their mindsets, interests and tastes, we had to spend the last year being kids ourselves...well...the truth is...we never actually grew up anyway... so it wasn't that hard after all :) #kidsatheart #nevergrowup #innerchild

 

 

 

 

Densters were created to solve the problem of kids spending too much time in the digital world with the idea to reconnect them with their surroundings and imagination. Research shows that building a den and playing in it has an important role in a child's development, especially in encouraging their sense of self. We believe that incorporating visual and imaginative skills of children together with tangible products, prompts the expansion of their sense of space as well as their maker abilities. By reconnecting children with the world around them, we aim to inspire the next generation of creatives and push the boundaries of their imagination by building, learning and growing through organic play.

 

 

Densters is a project by Kidesign, a London-based design company that specialises in creative educational games and toys for kids. The Kidesign team consists of members who have a background in education, design, architecture, engineering, illustration, child psychology, marketing and business development. Kidesign has a wide five-year portfolio of creative projects for education, and has worked with a range of schools, museums (Victoria & Albert, Design Museum, British Museum, Serpentine Galleries) and many different educational platforms. In 2015 we released our first product - Kideville - an educational board game for schools, based around designing and 3D printing sustainable cities. We're now ready to launch our first toy product for kids and families around the world!

Some of our past collaborators, partners and clients
Some of our past collaborators, partners and clients

 

The Densters team: Dejan Mitrovic (designer/educator), Margarita Mitrovic (designer/illustrator), Reto Togni (product designer), Daria Kwiatkowska (service designer), Emily Temperton (architect), Sandra Djukic (product designer), Malav Sanghvi (design engineer), Marta Cvetkovic (educator/psychologist), Simona Stojanovic (marketing), Moira Topalian (business).

 

 

 


Big thanks to Kosta Glusica and the Tuna Fish Studio film crew: Rasko Miljkovic (director), Milica Jokic (producer), Lazar Radic & Marko Milovanovic (DoPs) Pavle Dinulovic & Mihajlo Radovic (sound) Vuk Kolarevic (organiser) Davor Bosankic (editor) Marija Jankovic, Pablo & Klara (cast).

Thanks to everyone else who helped us make this project possible, especially: Wayne, Paddy & Zora, Milos & Simona, Clare Brass, Josh & Jack (EngiMake), Miroljub Belic, Miljkovic family and of course our families and friends for their patience and support throughout our creative journeys!

 

Some of the publications that like the Densters and wrote about them:

 

 

     

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have worked really hard for over a year, to develop the best design, business model and minimise risks. We have a solid plan, but of course, things can go wrong, but we can ensure you that we will be honest and transparent with the whole process and keep you updated.

Here are some inevitable risks:
- Manufacturing delay. This is the most common problem with product design. We have talked to our producers and were given estimate delivery times. We have planned accordingly to have enough time to comfortably meet our targets.
- Manufacturing quality. After many months of searching for the right production partner, we have picked a factory with a good reputation and plenty of experience in producing silicone products for children. Nevertheless, every product is a new project and we will only see the end result once we mass manufacture the Densters sets.
- Team. Our team is very dedicated to the project and to turning it into a sustainable business. We have a great mix of backgrounds (design, engineering, education, business) which all contribute to the project. We will try to keep the team as it is and grow it even more.
- Other minor risks are present, but once again, we will be very transparent about the process and keep you updated as our group of champion supporters! Thank you! :)

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    Densters Digital Fun Pack!

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    A digital printable e-book with creative colouring activities with unique Densters illustrations for kids and adults! Big thanks for your support!

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    Densters Set - EARLY BIRD!

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    Be the first in the world to play with the Densters and get an entire set of 8 toys (1x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 3x Zigzies)! Be quick, this Early Bird offer is limited to the first 100 backers!

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    Densters Set!

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    A complete set of Densters with a total of 8 toys to take den building to the next level! (Get 1x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 3x Zigzies!) Don't worry if you've missed the Early Bird, we are offering you the full set at a special Kickstarter price.

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    Two Densters Sets - EARLY BIRD!

    £49 | 54€ | 59$
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    Get two full sets of Densters to build really big dens or give one set as a gift to someone. Includes 16 toys (2x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 6x Zigzies). Hurry up, this reward is limited to the first 100 backers!

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    Two Densters Sets!

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    Two complete sets of Densters with a total of 16 toys to really take den building to the next level with your family and friends! Or give one set as a gift. (Includes 2x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 6x Zigzies)! Don't worry if you've missed the Early Bird, we are offering you two full sets at a special Kickstarter price.

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    3x Densters Sets! Black Friday Offer!

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    LIMITED UNTIL FRIDAY 25. NOV!

    Get three full sets of Densters for yourself, your family and friends and make some awesome dens and forts! Includes 24 toys (3x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 9x Zigzies). Hurry up, available only til Friday!

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    3x Densters Sets!

    £79 | 89€ | 97$
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    Don't worry if you've missed Black Friday. You can still get three full sets of Densters for yourself, your family and friends and make some awesome dens and forts! Includes 24 toys (3x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 9x Zigzies).

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    Densters Super Pack (5x Sets)!

    £129 | 143€ | 157$
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    This reward is perfect for big families, gifts, parties and massive dens! Includes 5 full sets of Densters with 40 toys in total (5x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 15x Zigzies)! You basically get 5 sets for the price of 4!

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    Densters Mega Pack (10x Sets)!

    £249 | 275€ | 303$
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    This is a perfect solution for schools, nurseries, kids clubs and other big groups! Includes 10 full sets of Densters with 80 toys in total! (10x each: Snella, Grumpo, Wizetta, Hoopsta, Cheekaboo + 30x Zigzies)! You're getting 10 sets for the price of 7!

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    Densters creative workshop!

    The Densters team will run a unique creative workshop with a group of up to 10 children! We will teach kids about the design process of creating the Densters and they will have a chance to come up with ideas and designs for their own Den Building Toy Monsters! The workshop will be hosted in our creative design studio in central London. As part of the offer, you will also get five Densters Full Sets!

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