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These sculptural pieces playfully reimagine the way we use chalk

We’ve been using chalk the same way for thousands of years – that is, until now.

New York City-based artist Nikolas Bentel has launched a collection of sculptural chalk pieces that’ll change how we see and interact with the drawing material.

The items, called Chalk Drawers, feature geometrically-precise shapes 3D-printed to focus on three design elements: lines, circles, and dots.

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“Each drawer is designed on a quinary number system,” said Bentel, “which allows them to be used as an accurate drawing instrument for any metric system.”

For instance, pull the line drawer and you’ll get five perfectly-spaced lines, great for making musical staff lines. Rotate the circle drawer and you come up with a perfect circle. The dot drawer, meanwhile, produces a bunch of dots once you roll it around.

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“My main hope for the Chalk Drawers is to reignite our excitement towards drawing and opening up new potential with original pattern making,” Bentel told Lost At E Minor.

“The generic chalk design has stayed the same for thousands of years. Using the Chalk Drawer designs, we can still take part in the age-old act of chalking a surface but using different designs to create something great!”

Continue below to read the rest of our interview with Nikolas Bentel about his innovate product, the Chalk Drawers.

Where did you get the idea for Chalk Drawers?

“I grew up under the drafting tables of my parents. Both of my parents are architects who run a small architecture practice out of NYC. So my first drawing tools were most likely a drafting pencil and a French curve that had accidentally fallen under my parent’s table.

“I have been thinking about the chalk drawers for a few years now. This past year, I finally had time to really sit down and design them to be functional.”

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How long did it take for you to develop the product?

“It took me about a full year. Going through iteration after iteration, making sure they worked properly but were easy to manufacture.”

What were the challenges you encountered during development?

“Each of the designs needs to use two part molds. Using molds with more than three parts were just too complicated. In fact, I had to ditch multiple designs because they were just too complicated.”

What were your first prototypes like, and how have the final designs improved on them?

“The first prototypes were extremely unusable. They almost look nothing like the final design! I also initially wanted to incorporate different colored chalk in a single shape. This proved to be illogical due to the complex shapes I was working with.”

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What’s your vision for Chalk Drawers?

“My main hope for the Chalk Drawers is to reignite our excitement towards drawing and opening up new potential with original pattern making.

“The generic chalk design has stayed the same for thousands of years. Using the Chalk Drawer designs, we can still take part in the age-old act of chalking a surface but using different designs to create something great!

“After this Kickstarter, I will be introducing color and a ton of different variations of shapes.”

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You can get the Chalk Drawers by heading on over to Bentel’s Kickstarter page and pledging your support.

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