About this project
We are so thrilled to have exceeded our £7000 goal, and our stretch goal of £10,000! Thank you to all our backers so far who have helped us get Obtineo to this point. There's still time to be part of the Obtineo story, so we'd still love your support. For the last 24 hours of the campaign, we've added an exciting Kickstarter-exclusive reward: the full Obtineo range, custom-branded with a personlised message or custom logo.
Hello, and thank you for viewing our Obtineo range. With your support we can make Obtineo a reality, and produce these stunning homeware items. Every component of our Obtineo range is 100% designed and manufactured in the UK.
Based in the heart of York in the UK, we are passionate about beautiful materials, quality craftsmanship, and thoughtful design.
Tom graduated in November with a degree in Product Design & Business Management, and loves creating products which combine contemporary design with traditional manufacturing methods. He developed Obtineo, a homeware range that achieves this, and is entirely crafted in the UK.
After getting an overwhelming amount of interest in the range at New Designers 2013, and with JJ's creative input, we set about getting the Obtineo Range into production.
We've put so much work into making the range a reality, but we need your help to take the final step. We're excited to share our little bit of British design with the Kickstarter community, and we hope you'll love to learn more about Obtineo.
Every component of Obtineo is made with care and consideration in the UK by skilled craftsmen, using traditional manufacturing methods. The scooped wood is turned solid ash, which we sand and finish before branding it with our logo.
Obtineo's wool felt strip is produced in one of Britain's few remaining felt factories. The raw material is transformed using a centuries old method, and cut by hand to size.
Our glass is hand-blown by a glassworks who can trace their roots back to 1612. Glass blowing is an amazing skill, and one that we are proud to have incorporated into our first range. The glass has been designed to nestle in to the scooped wood, allowing our Obtineo Storage Jars to be stacked.
Just like us, both the silicone seal and felt strip are made in Yorkshire!
There are four products in our Obtineo range: the Obtineo Print, Obtineo Dish, Obtineo Vase and Obtineo Storage Jars. We are really proud of each product, and are excited to introduce the range to you!
The Obtineo Print is printed on 60lbs / 130gsm cartridge paper. This stylised print depicts each component of the Obtineo Storage Jars. To display the print, an oak frame was crafted by hand in York. These prints are limited to 100 copies. H: 297mm W: 210mm (Standard A4).
Our Obtineo Dish is produced from solid ash and 100% wool felt. It provides a simple solution to keep desktops clear from clutter (JJ uses it for her kirby grips!), and looks lovely as a candle holder. Available in ash (or oak if stretch goal is reached). H: 29mm D: 100mm.
The Obtineo Vase is a great way to add a stylish finish to your home. Produced from solid ash, 100% wool felt, and glass, the Obtineo Vase makes a stunning centre piece on any table. Available in ash (or oak if stretch goal is reached). H: 179mm W: 100mm.
The Obtineo Storage Jars are at the heart of our Obtineo Range. These elegant storage solutions are stack-able and are available as rewards individually or as a set of three. They're perfect for storing an endless variety of items around the home. Available in ash (or oak if stretch goal is reached). Small: H: 79mm W: 100mm. Medium: H: 142mm W: 100mm. Large: H: 202mm W: 100mm.
As the felt is 100% wool, it is naturally water resistant; the glass is dishwasher safe, and the seal is made from food grade silicone.
Supporting us on Kickstarter will allow us to purchase the cast iron mould needed to produce the glassware, whilst also allowing us to meet the minimum order requirements. There are seven rewards available if you back Obtineo.
Note for backers: As all our products are made with traditional manufacturing methods and natural materials, there will be slight variations between each product. But we love this because it makes every Obtineo unique!
Every penny we get from our backers goes straight back in to the Obtineo Range. Below is a breakdown of what your pledges will go towards.
We can not do this without your support! Your pledge will go on six key elements to make Obtineo a reality:
- Cast Iron Mould
- Glass Blowing minimum order
- Wood Turning minimum order
- Felt Manufacture
- Silicone Seal
All of these components are 100% designed and crafted in the UK! It's been a challenge, but well worth it. We're passionate about supporting independent craftsmen and our local economy, and we're committed to helping preserve some wonderful industries here in the UK.
Once we reach our goal, we will be able to get the ash Obtineo range in production. But if we reach £10,000, you can choose to have your Obtineo Dish, Obtineo Vase or Obtineo Storage Jar in either oak or ash. With your help we can make it happen.
Once we have completed the Kickstarter campaign, we have a very clear schedule to get Obtineo in to production. The cast iron mould takes from 4-8 weeks to fabricate. During this time, our packaging will be manufactured.
Once we have our first batch of glass, we can begin wood-turning. Our wood-turners will match the scoop of the wooden lid perfectly to the curve of the glass jar.
It's then over to us to finish and brand Obtineo. We'll then package it up, and it should be in your hands by the end of July!
If you love Obtineo like we do, and wish to write about the project, please do! Get in touch with us via the links below. You can also download Obtineo images - HERE -
Again, thank you for taking the time to view, and hopefully support, Obtineo. We could not do this without your help, and we are so grateful to be able to share our passion with you.
We've been incredibly lucky to work with some amazingly talented people throughout this project. Without these people our Kickstarter campaign would not have been possible. Thank you so much to...
Video: Orillo Productions
Images: Perfect Aperture
Workshop: York St John University
Glass Manufacture Footage: Tim Bouckley
Feedback: Professor James W.R Fathers, Ph.D. FRSA
...and of course, friends, family and all those who gave us the positive support we needed.
Also a special mention to Pippin and Salma for keeping JJ smiling!
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Risks and challenges
We have already dealt with many manufacturing obstacles to get Obtineo to where it is today. We've ironed all these out; everything is now in place for a smooth transition to the full scale production.
All the craftsmen we are working with are ready and set for us to give them the go ahead at the end of the Kickstarter campaign, and all of them have dealt with large orders before. Where possible, we've visited the factories and workshops, and are satisfied that we're prepared for full scale production of Obtineo.
Any obstacles or delays will be dealt with immediately, and backers will be the first to find out.
We will be keeping all backers up-to-date along the way, with both written and video updates of our progress. We're excited that we will get to share the journey with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We’re passionate about supporting independent craftsmen here in the UK. The UK used to have a thriving glassblowing industry, but as manufacturing has moved abroad, countless glassworks have sadly gone out of business. We want to support the talented artisans who do remain here, and we hope to revive people’s interest in UK-made products.
With our chosen makers, we know that every component is produced with love and care, and the quality of UK craftsmanship is second-to-none. Obtineo have character and charm that you just don’t get from mass-produced goods, and are made to last.
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