The Perfectionist’s Pencil

UPDATE: Over $190K raised and less than 48 hours left, grab yours now!

The Modern Fuel Pencil 2.0 just embodies visual perfection. The way it’s intricately machined to absolute precision makes me want to go wow. For starters, the tolerances are so low and the parts fit together with such mechanical precision, you can seldom see parting lines, and that’s what makes the Modern Fuel 2.0 so visually… perfect.

Andrew Sanderson stepped out to make the first metallic mechanical pencil that echoed the character of a seasoned professional. Everything he saw in the market looked like it fit into a student’s stationery set, and not the pocket of a professional. The first in the series was launched almost three years back, made out of solid metal with a 0.5mm tip and a lifetime guarantee. The Modern Fuel 2.0 builds on the idea of a solid metal mechanical pencil with a professional air and improves certain aspects of it. For starters, it throws two new materials into the mix. Aside from the Stainless Steel and Brass variants, you even have a Titanium variant (which means it’ll last more than a lifetime), and a Bronze build, which gives the pencil an indescribable beauty. The bronze will gather a greenish patina over time too, making it look an otherworldly antique. The patina formed on the pencil becomes unique to you, making each and every pencil different from the rest.

Sanderson even switches up the mechanism on the inside, making it fully metal and allowing for 0.7mm and 0.9mm leads too, aside from the classic 0.5mm. The mechanism on the inside differs based on lead width, but each mechanism fits into the same pencil, so you can literally own one pencil body and multiple mechanisms that you can easily switch between. The back-end of the pencil comes with the rubber tip that conceals a screw underneath. Each pencil comes with a special Allen Key that allows you to open/close the pencil and replace mechanisms or leads. Once done, you can either close off the rear with a rubber, or a stylus tip, or even a fashionable little metal plug. The Allen Key also allows you to open the pencil to reveal a specially engraved serial number unique to each pencil.

The Modern Fuel Pencil 2.0 garnered the attention of architect John Pawson, who brought to attention the importance of detailing but the apparent lack of it. The pencil looks so seamless on the outside, one would think it was almost a single piece of metal. Pawson points out how each material lends a different aspect to the pencil, reminding him as an architect/designer of the material’s properties and its use in the field. Brass would remind him of weight and density, almost like a submarine component, whereas titanium’s lightness would be compared to aerospace applications.

Made keeping in mind that there aren’t many sleek looking mechanical pencils in today’s market that embody true minimalism, the Modern Fuel 2.0 was created with a lifetime guarantee. Its mechanism features a fully metal construction with no plastic/breakable parts. The tip is even created to be retractable, so that in the event that it falls face forward, the lead takes the damage, but never the pencil itself. Sanderson even provides a no-questions-asked replacement/repair service to back the immaculate construction that is the Modern Fuel 2.0, because if the first edition of the pencil was any indication, there’s clearly a demand for a designer’s/professional’s instrument that echoes the pure perfection a designer/professional demands!

Designer: Andrew Sanderson

Click here to Buy Now: $70.00 $120.00

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Phosphorus Bronze C52100 (CuSn8)

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Titanium

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Tellurium Copper

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Seamless design

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Click here to Buy Now: $70.00 $120.00

The Perfectionist’s Pencil

UPDATE: Over $190K raised and less than 48 hours left, grab yours now!

The Modern Fuel Pencil 2.0 just embodies visual perfection. The way it’s intricately machined to absolute precision makes me want to go wow. For starters, the tolerances are so low and the parts fit together with such mechanical precision, you can seldom see parting lines, and that’s what makes the Modern Fuel 2.0 so visually… perfect.

Andrew Sanderson stepped out to make the first metallic mechanical pencil that echoed the character of a seasoned professional. Everything he saw in the market looked like it fit into a student’s stationery set, and not the pocket of a professional. The first in the series was launched almost three years back, made out of solid metal with a 0.5mm tip and a lifetime guarantee. The Modern Fuel 2.0 builds on the idea of a solid metal mechanical pencil with a professional air and improves certain aspects of it. For starters, it throws two new materials into the mix. Aside from the Stainless Steel and Brass variants, you even have a Titanium variant (which means it’ll last more than a lifetime), and a Bronze build, which gives the pencil an indescribable beauty. The bronze will gather a greenish patina over time too, making it look an otherworldly antique. The patina formed on the pencil becomes unique to you, making each and every pencil different from the rest.

Sanderson even switches up the mechanism on the inside, making it fully metal and allowing for 0.7mm and 0.9mm leads too, aside from the classic 0.5mm. The mechanism on the inside differs based on lead width, but each mechanism fits into the same pencil, so you can literally own one pencil body and multiple mechanisms that you can easily switch between. The back-end of the pencil comes with the rubber tip that conceals a screw underneath. Each pencil comes with a special Allen Key that allows you to open/close the pencil and replace mechanisms or leads. Once done, you can either close off the rear with a rubber, or a stylus tip, or even a fashionable little metal plug. The Allen Key also allows you to open the pencil to reveal a specially engraved serial number unique to each pencil.

The Modern Fuel Pencil 2.0 garnered the attention of architect John Pawson, who brought to attention the importance of detailing but the apparent lack of it. The pencil looks so seamless on the outside, one would think it was almost a single piece of metal. Pawson points out how each material lends a different aspect to the pencil, reminding him as an architect/designer of the material’s properties and its use in the field. Brass would remind him of weight and density, almost like a submarine component, whereas titanium’s lightness would be compared to aerospace applications.

Made keeping in mind that there aren’t many sleek looking mechanical pencils in today’s market that embody true minimalism, the Modern Fuel 2.0 was created with a lifetime guarantee. Its mechanism features a fully metal construction with no plastic/breakable parts. The tip is even created to be retractable, so that in the event that it falls face forward, the lead takes the damage, but never the pencil itself. Sanderson even provides a no-questions-asked replacement/repair service to back the immaculate construction that is the Modern Fuel 2.0, because if the first edition of the pencil was any indication, there’s clearly a demand for a designer’s/professional’s instrument that echoes the pure perfection a designer/professional demands!

Designer: Andrew Sanderson

Click here to Buy Now: $70.00 $120.00

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Stainless Steel

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Phosphorus Bronze C52100 (CuSn8)

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Titanium

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Tellurium Copper

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Seamless design

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Click here to Buy Now: $70.00 $120.00

YD Handpicks: 2017 Black Friday Gift Guide!

23nov

The season of giving (even if it means giving unto oneself) is upon us and we present to you the consolidated 2017 Black Friday Gift Guide… a list of products that wowed us, from the year gone by. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the YD Family!

P.S. Stay tuned for the Cyber Monday Gift Guide that drops at the beginning of next week!

01. Lensball by Lensball
Uplift your photography game with the Lensball, a perfect, resilient, scratchproof K9 crystal orb that adds a beautiful dimension to your photographs!

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02. Porthole Infuser by Crucial Detail
Offering a window into the infusion process, the Porthole Infuser allows you to make the most visually and gustatorily beautiful infused cocktails, syrups, oils, dressings, and even cold-brewed artisan teas and coffees!

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03. This Book Is A Camera by Kelli Anderson
Open it up, fold here, secure a flap there, and the book actually turns into a working camera! Complete with a set of photosensitive papers that you can slide in to capture shots, the book will literally teach you how a camera works… by example!

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04. YoYo Mat by Aaron Thornton & Yu Tsai
It’s a good thing you’ve already meditated first, because rolling up a yoga mat after you’re done is frustrating AF. It’s also a good thing the YoYo Mats don’t need rolling up. Just flip the mat over and it magically rolls itself up (correctly) every time! Yes. Magically!

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05. Tangram Smart Skipping Rope by Deokhee Jeong (Tangram Factory)
Skip away and your skipping count will reveal itself to you! The Tangram Smart Skipping Rope contains a series of LEDs that light up at your eye level, showing you your skip count. The LEDs rely on human persistence of vision and each consecutive skip pushes your skip count by one. No more keeping track, because the Tangram does it for you!

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06. Pangolin by Cyclus
Repurposed from old bike tire tubes, the Pangolin is hands down the most unique looking bag we’ve seen in a very long time! Designed to mimic the pangolin’s hard exterior, the backpack consists of a foldable hemispherical design that’s ideal not just for storing laptops and other items, but even motorcycle helmets. Plus, the Pangolin was even featured in X-Men Days of Future Past!

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07. Home Aquaponics Fish Tank by Back to the Roots
Designed to mimic a natural ecosystem, the Home Aquaponics Water Tank creates a wonderful self-sustaining ecosystem where an aquarium and terrarium live off each other’s waste, beautifully displaying the relationship between flora and fauna. Not just your ordinary fishbowl the Home Aquaponics Fish Tank can serve as your own mini-kitchen herb-garden too! The system creates a closed loop where the fish waste becomes a natural fertilizer for the plants, who in turn clean the aquarium, providing the fish with pristine filtered water. Available with its own set of organic seeds, you can grow sprouts and herbs of your own to use in your meals!

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08. Handpresso by Handpresso
Literally the size of a deodorant spray-can, the Handpresso is a full-fledged espresso machine that’s pretty much as portable as a sachet of instant coffee, meaning you won’t have to settle for crappy coffee on the go anymore. The Handpresso just needs to be filled with hot water and coffee grounds and it vacuum brews a nice, creamy shot of Espresso. Then it simply slides back into your handbag or backpack! Now isn’t that just convenient!?

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Want to know more about each product? You can read the original articles for the above products here.

The flat-pack coat-rack

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You could turn a simple 4ftX3ft piece of wall into a complete closet with the Luminaire Piano Coat Rack! Designed to look like a piece of wood hanging on the wall, the Piano Cot Rack can be transformed into a series of hooks to hang your clothes, coats, bags, hats, umbrellas, and everything else. A single Piano Coat Rack can come with up to 48 hooks, giving you enough space to pretty much hang items for an entire house party worth of guests. Once done, just close the hooks and the Piano Coat Rack goes back to being a nice wooden sculptural element in your decor!

The Piano Coat Rack comes in small and large sizes, and can be made in beech, oak, or walnut to suit your size as well as aesthetic needs!

Designer: Patrick Seha for Luminaire

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Hands are So Yesterday

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Inspired by the cosmos, the Orbis Hand Watch leaves behind traditional hands for elegant orbs. However unusual, they provide an interesting and entirely new way of telling the time, counting seconds, and checking the date.

Like planets in a solar system, the orbs appear as different sizes and locations on the face to distinguish from one another. Because of their shape, they can move in three directions to display the correct numbers. Three motors are fixed under each orb to move and rotate it in different directions. With its dedicated stand that uses electromagnetic induction to charge, it will never go dead!

Designer: Alireza Asadi

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