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« Reply #50 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 11:29:22 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

Something like this ultramarine Fjell?


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« Reply #51 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 18:46:40 »
Might be a good addition to the set.

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« Reply #52 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 19:32:09 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

Something like this ultramarine Fjell?

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Yep!  I just got a spot for an ultramarine Tind, too!  We gotta get this set in the queue asap :)

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« Reply #53 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 21:10:47 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

Something like this ultramarine Fjell?

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Yep!  I just got a spot for an ultramarine Tind, too!  We gotta get this set in the queue asap :)

Iíll try as hard as I can to hook you up. :) Hope to share more good news with you all soon.

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« Reply #54 on: Mon, 06 July 2020, 10:44:31 »
Hell yea! Loving this set. Ilumkb for Asia vendor please!

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« Reply #55 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 18:43:54 »
An instant buy for me.

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« Reply #56 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 19:55:35 »
This is really lovely. How about adding some white and / or cream split space bars to that spacebars kit?

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« Reply #57 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 06:57:24 »
This is really lovely. How about adding some white and / or cream split space bars to that spacebars kit?

Thank you! You can count on that change.

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« Reply #58 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 02:35:26 »
FYI, most of your novelty designs are too detailed and wonít be possible to get made.

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« Reply #59 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 09:45:32 »
FYI, most of your novelty designs are too detailed and wonít be possible to get made.

Thanks for calling this out. I agree! I think the tulip chair's bottom lip, the womb chair's cushion seam, and the grasshopper chair armrest are all thinner than GMK tolerance allows.

I will share a revamped novelty set early next month. As part of that, I'll make sure the designs conform to Uniqey's novelty guidelines. In the meantime, I've hidden the current novelty kit design.
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« Reply #60 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 14:01:41 »
Iím 100% in on the theme and aesthetics of this set, yet the novelties are not of interest to me.  But I will buy this set in a heartbeat if it comes to Group Buy. I would be more interested in novelties that convey subtle curves and clean lines in a more abstract way.  I donít know what that would be, however.

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« Reply #61 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 21:35:22 »
I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

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« Reply #62 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 23:14:30 »
An instant buy for me.

Hell yea! Loving this set. Ilumkb for Asia vendor please!

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Thank you both!!

I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

I primarily wanted a clean, creamy set that could look good with or without accents. So I did not spend much time exploring blue mods (too close to Solarized) or birch alphas (not as subtle as I would like).  Thereís also a future/reality where this set becomes some kind of smash hit and I re-run it with a manufacturer (KAT?) which offers flexible kitting, allowing all of these combinations without worrying about GMK MOQs. Hopefully that is this reality.

All that said, youíre not the first to mention it and Iím considering a few things!

As for the darker woods, I agree. Classic mid-century furniture in birch is a stretch! The chairs inspiring the set are actually predominantly fiberglass! But this is where I landed, inspired in part by the modernization of mid-century chairs in brightly lit homes with whites and light woods like birch. Hope you all can forgive the slightly inauthentic color palette.

Iím 100% in on the theme and aesthetics of this set, yet the novelties are not of interest to me.  But I will buy this set in a heartbeat if it comes to Group Buy. I would be more interested in novelties that convey subtle curves and clean lines in a more abstract way.  I donít know what that would be, however.

Thanks for the support and feedback. 🙏🏼 Hopefully youíll enjoy the newer kit when it is unveiled.

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« Reply #63 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 01:17:25 »
I think i'd like it a lot more if the accent color and mod color were swapped. The colors themselves are really pretty though, GL :)

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« Reply #64 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 13:50:20 »
I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

I primarily wanted a clean, creamy set that could look good with or without accents. So I did not spend much time exploring blue mods (too close to Solarized) or birch alphas (not as subtle as I would like).  Thereís also a future/reality where this set becomes some kind of smash hit and I re-run it with a manufacturer (KAT?) which offers flexible kitting, allowing all of these combinations without worrying about GMK MOQs. Hopefully that is this reality.

All that said, youíre not the first to mention it and Iím considering a few things!

As for the darker woods, I agree. Classic mid-century furniture in birch is a stretch! The chairs inspiring the set are actually predominantly fiberglass! But this is where I landed, inspired in part by the modernization of mid-century chairs in brightly lit homes with whites and light woods like birch. Hope you all can forgive the slightly inauthentic color palette.


No problem, it's great to read some of that. I would love KAT even more than GMK for that reason. Also I'm still kind of grasping at whether IC threads are places to give large feedback like that or not, so thank's for responding.

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« Reply #65 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 14:11:15 »
I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

I primarily wanted a clean, creamy set that could look good with or without accents. So I did not spend much time exploring blue mods (too close to Solarized) or birch alphas (not as subtle as I would like).  Thereís also a future/reality where this set becomes some kind of smash hit and I re-run it with a manufacturer (KAT?) which offers flexible kitting, allowing all of these combinations without worrying about GMK MOQs. Hopefully that is this reality.

All that said, youíre not the first to mention it and Iím considering a few things!

As for the darker woods, I agree. Classic mid-century furniture in birch is a stretch! The chairs inspiring the set are actually predominantly fiberglass! But this is where I landed, inspired in part by the modernization of mid-century chairs in brightly lit homes with whites and light woods like birch. Hope you all can forgive the slightly inauthentic color palette.


No problem, it's great to read some of that. I would love KAT even more than GMK for that reason. Also I'm still kind of grasping at whether IC threads are places to give large feedback like that or not, so thank's for responding.
This is a great place to share feedback. If you offer thoughtful feedback in any of my ICs, Iíll do my best to reply thoughtfully.


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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #66 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 14:17:08 »
The R1 "Scroll" from GMK is a little messed up right now. The ll is tilted to the right. It looks like Scro//. I would recommend switch to "Lock" if GMK doesnt fix their molds. GL
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« Reply #67 on: Tue, 14 July 2020, 09:43:45 »
I've been sharing some ongoing work into both novelties and deskmats on my Instagram. Here's a low-res, super-rough cut of a deskmat idea.

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, but became especially popular as a men's suiting pattern during the 1930s. After finding this Knoll ad from 1965,


I felt inspired.


The R1 "Scroll" from GMK is a little messed up right now. The ll is tilted to the right. It looks like Scro//. I would recommend switch to "Lock" if GMK doesnt fix their molds. GL

Thanks for this suggestion! I'll consider it.

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« Reply #68 on: Tue, 14 July 2020, 16:32:28 »
Amazing set, this is going to be a snap buy for me. Would it be possible to do a render with an e-white case? I am just wondering how it would look in terms of the accents.

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« Reply #69 on: Tue, 14 July 2020, 16:36:30 »
Amazing set, this is going to be a snap buy for me. Would it be possible to do a render with an e-white case? I am just wondering how it would look in terms of the accents.

Thank you!

You can expect an e-white render along with the next major update next month.

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« Reply #70 on: Sun, 19 July 2020, 03:53:51 »
the only problem i see with this set is that it's not on my keyboard right now. not particularly interested in novelties, i rarely am, but i love the base set.
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« Reply #71 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 08:40:16 »
the only problem i see with this set is that it's not on my keyboard right now. not particularly interested in novelties, i rarely am, but i love the base set.

Hey, thank you! I see that as a problem too. ;D

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« Reply #72 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 10:25:42 »
I've been sharing some ongoing work into both novelties and deskmats on my Instagram. Here's a low-res, super-rough cut of a deskmat idea.

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, but became especially popular as a men's suiting pattern during the 1930s. After finding this Knoll ad from 1965,

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I felt inspired.

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Been a geekhack guest for the last few months.. Made an account just for this! The set is an instant buy for me, and the pattern for a deskmat is perfect!! Love the set, great work

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« Reply #73 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 11:54:34 »
I've been sharing some ongoing work into both novelties and deskmats on my Instagram. Here's a low-res, super-rough cut of a deskmat idea.

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, but became especially popular as a men's suiting pattern during the 1930s. After finding this Knoll ad from 1965,

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I felt inspired.

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Been a geekhack guest for the last few months.. Made an account just for this! The set is an instant buy for me, and the pattern for a deskmat is perfect!! Love the set, great work

Hey, thank you so much! I've added a variant of this deskmat design which matches more traditional high-contrast houndstooth patterns. What do you think?


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« Reply #74 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:04:02 »
Hey, thank you so much! I've added a variant of this deskmat design which matches more traditional high-contrast houndstooth patterns. What do you think?

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Love it. Also, TIL what that pattern is called, thanks!

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« Reply #75 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 11:25:46 »
Love the color scheme. I'm in!

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« Reply #76 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 20:17:49 »
Iíve started working on deskmats to take a break from a particularly challenging chair novelty. Vintage Knoll ads have provided lots of inspiration for these. I came across this ad and thought it was lovely - captures the curves of their landmark furniture really well.


So itís serving as my inspiration for a second mat.


What do you think?

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« Reply #77 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 14:46:16 »
I'm in! This is beautiful..

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« Reply #78 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 16:27:16 »
Gorgeous! I'm definitely in if there's a Canadian proxy. Pretty please!

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« Reply #79 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 17:25:44 »
Gorgeous! I'm definitely in if there's a Canadian proxy. Pretty please!

Thank you! Let me look into it. :)

I'm in! This is beautiful..

Thank you so much!

Barring any issues in rendering, the novelty update is done. Damn, that was tiring. Here's a sneak peak:


I'll be quiet for the next week or so - need a break between this and GMK Red Alert. Catch you all soon!
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« Reply #80 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 09:25:09 »
^ Picture isn't working for me

By the way is there a tentative GB date?

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« Reply #81 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 11:10:08 »
^ Picture isn't working for me

By the way is there a tentative GB date?

Should be updated, sorry about that.

Itís looking like early 2021 right now. Iíll have more concrete info to share with you all in the coming months.

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« Reply #82 on: Mon, 03 August 2020, 12:02:21 »
All right gang, the August update will be delayed by a few weeks now that I'm also working on GMK Red Alert for the end of 2020.

In the larger August update, you can expect:

  • a reworked Novelty kit, as well as render updates
  • updates to the Spacebar kit: offering 1u and 1.25u spacebar, offering split alpha-colored bars.
  • updates to the Base kit: physical ISO support, "Break" instead of "Pause".

Hopefully this news tides you over for now:

Still waiting on more survey feedback for 40s support and NorDe-UK. I'd love to offer both, but pricing needs to make sense. I don't want to ask vendors to buy out kits that fail to meet MOQ.

I've also secured vendors for US, SEA, UK and EU. I'll announce them soon. GB will likely run early 2021, but I don't have an exact date yet.

Lastly, here's another sneak peak at a new novelty.


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« Reply #83 on: Wed, 26 August 2020, 15:28:43 »
interested! beautiful colors

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« Reply #84 on: Thu, 03 September 2020, 10:27:30 »
Tiny update here:

Between life and GMK Red Alert, I unfortunately don't have more specific timing than "September" for the Big August GMK Birch Update right now. But I promise you that we are on track for GB in Q1 2021, including having secured most vendors (I'm just missing AU). I hope you all like what I'll have to show.

One more piece of news: Meika has confirmed that Latrialum will collaborate on artisans for GMK Birch. :D
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« Reply #85 on: Thu, 03 September 2020, 10:29:15 »
Tiny update here:

Between life and GMK Red Alert, I unfortunately don't have more specific timing than "September" for the Big August GMK Birch Update right now.

But I promise you that we are on track for GB, including having secured most vendors (I'm just missing AU). I hope you all like what I'll have to show.

One more piece of news: Meika has confirmed that Latrialum will collaborate on artisans for GMK Birch. :D
DailyClack for AU please!

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« Reply #86 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 17:44:07 »
I will be on vacation starting Sunday for two weeks, and not around too often to answer Qs. Birch will continue moving along in the background. Hope you all are doing well and keeping safe!

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« Reply #87 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 18:02:30 »
An Eames lounge chair on a keycap set? Yes please! This calls for a rosewood novelty :)