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Various designs in numerous translucent colors. Beautiful high-gloss stones made of Ecozen, Cradle-to-Cradle Gold certified. Read more

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Various designs in numerous translucent colors. Beautiful high-gloss stones made of Ecozen, Cradle-to-Cradle Gold certified.

Nockstone
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Hello! We are Melle Koot and Volken de Vlas. Nockstone has sprung from our joint interest for sustainable solutions in designs. Our own studios also revolve around sustainability. To see other examples of our work check out www.mellekoot.nl and www.volkendevlas.nl

A little bit of history.

Four years ago we were triggered by the idea of a building block. One single interlocking piece to build and change designs. We challenged ourselves to design one that would easily assemble and disassemble yet would be light, strong and durable, recyclable and producable.


Cooperation with Pezy Development. 

Based in our home town we met the people of Pezy. They became our valued partner. As they state it, Pezy is "pushing the technological boundaries in the fields of mechanics and applied plastics." People at Pezy are passionate about creating innovative products and really nice people too.


The first drawings.

We started sketching, working on several types of blocks and ideas. Our goal was a building block that would we able to share multiple connections on all sides, giving it the ability to build dense and strong constructions in stead of creating only planes or hollow spaces.

One of the early concept drawings.
One of the early concept drawings.

 

The first prototypes.

Once we came up with our final concept, Pezy started developing the technical aspects.

Pezy working on the CAD-drawings and 3D-printing the first prototypes.
Pezy working on the CAD-drawings and 3D-printing the first prototypes.

 

Choosing material.

We wanted the material to comply to the highest standards of sustainability. For our translucent stones we choose a brand new high-tech material called Ecozen. It is the worlds first eco-friendly and high-temperature co-polyester. It is non-toxic and has excellent high-clarity and gloss properties. It received the Cradle to Cradle Gold certificate.

 

The pilot run.

All looked promising and jointly we decided to invest in a small injection mold to produce a pilot run of the first prototypes.

Pilot run In the workshop at Pezy, using the injection mold machine.
Pilot run In the workshop at Pezy, using the injection mold machine.

 

Hurray!

The results were great. The nockstones were strong and light. Easy to handle, easy to assemble and disassemble and re-usable over and over again. It actually worked!

We now had several hundreds of nockstones to test and play with.
We now had several hundreds of nockstones to test and play with.

 

PIT joined up. 

Then we met the great team of PIT, a collective of artists who got enthousiastic about the concept and joined the nockstone campaign. They are a joy to work with and have been shooting all the film and doing the artwork, website and photography

 

Premiere at Milan.

At Salone di Mobile in Milan we had a chance to show our first results in the great environment of San Gregorio Docet, organized by Leclettico. We used our first range of several hundreds of prototypes to show some possibilities with Nockstone. The reactions were great and it was really nice to finally show our project out in the open.

First time showing nockstones, at Milan Design Week.
First time showing nockstones, at Milan Design Week.

 

Ready for production!

This is where the community of Kickstarter kicks in. Nockstone is ready for production, what we need is a production mold and the ability to order a large quantity of stones. 

Every Nockstone is a high quality product in it's own right.
Every Nockstone is a high quality product in it's own right.

Each stone is a small product in it's own right, with very high quality engineering behind it. A really innovative and extremely durable designproduct.

First production of nockstones for our backers.

Only when we reach our target of at least 50.000 we can order enough Nockstones for a first production run. We believe in this direct contact between makers and users where all pledges go straight to the project without any brokering. Together with the Kickstarter community we can make this happen!

Testing tubes.
Testing tubes.

 

Cloud of 24 PLUS lamps we used for our Kickstarter movie.
Cloud of 24 PLUS lamps we used for our Kickstarter movie.

 

The PLUS
The PLUS

 

The PYRAMID
The PYRAMID

 

The PLUS-XL
The PLUS-XL

 

 Our rewards.

 

 

Nockstone colors

 

 

Building schemes.

With each reward we ship our buildingschemes for all items we've already made. Buildingschemes will also be available in a section on our website soon!

 Our timeline.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

With Pezy we have a partner with great and trustworthy contacts. Through their network we've made contact with well equiped producers where we can order our production mold and subsequently the nockstones in any desired quantity.

Our biggest task lies in setting up the processing and distribution of all this. First of all to get the rewards to our backers, and we plan to do this worldwide though major parcel services. Luckily we found many tips already in the Kickstarter community and related blogs so we're confident in making it work. It will all be hard work which we're happy to do.

Secondly we want to keep the community alive after the campaign and build up a network of retailers where Nockstone will be available in the future when our campaign is finished.

We plan to make Nockstone a company where we can develop new types of building block for different uses. A future of different types of building blocks for e.g. housebuilding or gardening.

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    Pledge €1 or more
    About $1.35 USD

    5 backers

    DONATION. Thank you! Each donation will serve
    as it's own little buildingblock to make
    Nockstone possible!

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    Pledge €49 or more
    About $66 USD

    4 backers

    CUBE. You receive one complete CUBE-lamp. LED-bulb included. Choose up to 3 different colors. Add €49 for each extra CUBE. Choose 3 extra colors with each extra pack. (there are 15 different colors). FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €99 or more
    About $134 USD

    9 backers

    PLUS. You receive one complete PLUS-lamp. LED-bulb included. Choose up to 3 different colors. Add €99 for each extra PLUS. Choose 3 extra colors with each extra pack. (there are 15 different colors). Of course you can also choose to build something different! FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €100 or more
    About $135 USD

    1 backer

    40-PACK. You receive 40 nockstones. Choose from 4 colors and build your own design. Add €20 for each light-socket add-on (LED-bulb incl.). Add €2,50 for each extra nockstone. Choose one extra color with each extra 10 stones (up to 15 colors). FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €149 or more
    About $202 USD

    3 backers

    PYRAMID. You receive one complete PYRAMID. LED-bulb included. Choose up to 6 different colors. Add €149 for each extra PYRAMID. Choose 3 extra colors with each extra pack. (there are 15 different colors). Of course you can also choose to build something completely different! FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €199 or more
    About $270 USD

    1 backer

    PLUS-XL. You receive one complete PLUS-XL. LED-bulb include. Choose up to 9 different colors. Add €199 for each extra PLUS-XL. Choose 3 extra colors with each extra pack. (there are 15 different colors). Of course you can also choose to build something completely different! FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €200 or more
    About $271 USD

    0 backers

    100-PACK. You receive 100 nockstones. Choose from 10 colors and build your own design. Add €20 for each light-socket add-on (LED-bulb incl.). Add €2 for each extra nockstone. Choose an extra color with every 10 extra stones. FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €1,750 or more
    About $2,371 USD

    0 backers

    1000-PACK. You receive 1000 nockstones. Choose from all colors and build your own design. Add €20 for each light-socket add-on (LED-bulb incl.). Add €1,75 for each extra nockstone. If you like we can work out a specific design-idea and generate a building plan. Contact us if you have an idea! FREE SHIPPING

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    Pledge €4,000 or more
    About $5,419 USD

    0 backers

    BIG-X. Your receive one complete BIG-X. LED-bulbs included. Choose from all colors. Contact us if you'd like to commission another big project using Nockstones!

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    Pledge €6,000 or more
    About $8,129 USD

    0 backers

    4000-PACK. You receive 4000 nockstones. Choose from all colors and build your own design. Add €20 for each light-socket add-on (LED-bulb incl.). If you like we can work out a specific design-idea and build it for you! Contact us if you have an idea! FREE SHIPPING

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Funding period

- (60 days)