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Vortex - A moment of tranquility in the palm of your hand

Achieve a sense of mindfulness with the simple, elegant and forever-lasting milled spinning tops

Vortex - A moment of tranquility in the palm of your hand

Achieve a sense of mindfulness with the simple, elegant and forever-lasting milled spinning tops

£7,780
pledged of £2,500pledged of £2,500 goal
265
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 31 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Why did we make the Vortex?

We’re a team of three designers and too often we realised we weren’t giving ourselves any time out from work. We’re the generation that’s overworked to the brink with deadlines, meetings and targets to hit and so, we just wanted something that would let us put it all on pause for just a minute.

Think back to the time when you’re at the checkout and fumbling to put all the coins and cash away, if you had a minute where everything just paused, the relief that comes with it is like nothing else. Now apply that to your work, life and everything else you have going on.

Oftentimes, that moment to breathe is all you need to help you refocus and get your attention back. A moment of tranquility in the palm of your hand.

This is what we set out to achieve. 

The Vortex fits any size of fingers, from small children (while supervised) to the biggest of adults. We all need to take a moment to just detract ourselves from the stressors of daily life.

Throw your Vortex into an exhilarating nose dive and let it tear up a paradoxical upside down spin on your desk space. 

Turn your world in the opposite direction and let the Vortex animate your desktop.


The scores along the neck are designed purposefully to give you the maximum grip while providing a dazzling show. 

Even with the stickiest of fingers, the Vortex provides enough tension to spin it your way.


Nestle it in your front pocket or day bag to ensure you always have it to hand whenever and wherever you need it. 

You'll never forget the restful relaxation you get each and every day with your Vortex.


Have a good ol’ fashioned spin off and pit yourself against a worthy adversary to see who can spin the longest. 

With over a minute of spin time, you can have plenty of tiny games to let off some steam throughout the day. 

Checking our smart tech on breaks immediately raises levels of anxiety without us even knowing.

Watching the soothing spiral of the Vortex helps settle your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing into a harmonious pattern, all at once, achieving a refreshingly peaceful timeout.


In the haze of stress, our cognitive functions and memory become confused which leads to unwanted mistakes and missed timescales. 

Vortex is there to help you step back from the noise. By taking a spin, we allow ourselves a little time to re-centre and our brain.


How many times have you put your phone down, only to pick it right back up again right after, for no good reason? It’s all too easy to feel restless at work. 

Let Vortex take you to a world where you can refocus your brain and reanimate your desk with the twist of a finger.


Immerse yourself in present mindfulness and lift your mood. Engage every part of your senses to notice each touch and sound so that you savour every sensation. 

Let Vortex lift your mood and be present in the moment. Raise your spirits organically with each spin, with a feeling of all-round wellbeing.




Brass is commonly used for the decorative and low friction properties it has. It’s the perfect centrepiece for a sophisticated mahogany workspace. The more you use it, the more the gold sheen will patina over time to create a more personal piece. 

It’s weighty feel and increased spin time makes this a firm favourite amongst spinning top aficionados.   

316 Stainless Steel is the strongest and most robust version we could mill into the silhouette of a Vortex. Made up of Nickel, Chromium, Manganese and a few other elements, it is ultra-durable and provides excellent resistance to corrosion. It is used in hospitals and the automotive industries, so it's made to last. 

Lose yourself in the endless shimmer of the sharp, clean and contemporary finish of the Stainless Steel.



Vortex fits perfectly between your finger tips. Its ergonomic and reassuringly familiar feel sends us back to our roots of classical and comforting entertainment.


Having a beautifully crafted classical desk spinner at your finger tips, yet light and small enough to fit into the small jean pocket, ensures you are ready wherever and whenever to immerse yourself in the Vortex.


Vortex enhances the feeling of space and time on our desk space and looks right at home. An outlet at hands reach to remind us to take regular breaks, but without the distracting effects of modern technology.


Our day bag is often filled with clutter that only adds to the daily stresses. By placing Vortex into your daily arsenal of tools, it adds an escape to ‘me time’, unlike anything else you carry.




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Risks and challenges

We’ve examined every part of the production process and currently have a whole team of manufacturers and shippers. Alongside this, we have two backup manufacturers (as we’ve seen other projects depend on only one) and three backup shippers (it’s super easy to find people willing to ship stuff in quantity).

We're confident that we'll be able to deliver earlier than the projected date on the campaign as that is simply there to give us some breathing room.

We hold the Kickstarter community in a very high regard as we’re serial backers ourselves and we appreciate the thought and insight that can come from running a project so we plan to keep you all in the loop transparently through Kickstarter updates and comments whenever we have a development.

Thank you for your support and we hope you love the Vortex as much as we do!

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