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    Inspiration

    My wife and I are expanding our home for our first child, and that means some interior design! The E N D G A M E for my home office would come from Knoll - particularly the classic work produced by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen for Knoll during the 1940s and 1950s.


    The Lasurite blue used in this set reflects my favorite colorway for Saarinenís womb chair. Keyboard collectors will undoubtedly see inspiration from other classic sources: original Cherry keysets and their descendents, like GMK 9009, as well as inviting modern sets like GMK Cafe, Solarized and GMK Firefly.


    Enjoy the creamy alphas and woody modifiers legended with blue-green for a warm, clean interpretation of OG Cherry sets. Add the Lasurite blue accents for some subtle character, similar to GMK Blue Alert. These RAL reference pictures may help visualize the setís colors in full daylight.

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    Kits

    GMK Birch has three kits for now: a base kit with numpad and basic ISO coverage, novelties inspired by Saarinen's work, and a spacebar coverage kit.



    Base Kit


    Spacebars


    Novelties are currently being reworked - ETA early August

    Previous design:

    More
    These novelties reference some of Eero Saarinenís classic interior pieces from the 1940s and 1950s: the womb chair and settee, the tulip chair and table, and the grasshopper chair.




    Renders

    The TKL One, by Hineybush





    Anubis, by nerdy

    Check out the IC on Geekhack.






    J-02, by Jae











    Collaborations

    Artisans

    Some of you have heard me claim that I ďquitĒ artisans. You never really quit artisans, though, am I right? So Iím excited that some of my favorite artisans have agreed to collaborate on this set:

    Prime Caps
    Sodie Caps
    Destroyer Caps
    TRMK Caps
    Latrialum


    Deskmat and Banderole

    Iíll also announce some other nice collaborations soon.

    Interested?

    If youíd like to see this set on your desk, please fill out this Interest Check Survey.

    For dad jokes and some behind-the-scenes news, join my Discord server.

    You can also find me on Discord (break#8888) or Reddit (u/breakbeatzors).



    Vendors

    US: TBA
    SEA: TBA
    UK: TBA
    EU: TBA
    AU: TBD
    China: TBD

    Special Thanks

    My endless gratitude to
    • Walker for renders, kitting discussion and guiding me through my first IC
    • various amazing designers for thoughts and answers to random questions: tom, pwade, crykn, Emir
    • the Florida (Mech)Keys and Keycap Designer communities for all of their support and suggestions
    • my brother, redtens, for graphic design mentorship (endless chair revisions!) and very constructive feedback
    • last but not least: to my wife for endless discussions about furniture, colors, and keycaps, and her constant support for my interest in this kitschy little hobby
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    « Last Edit: Thu, 03 September 2020, 10:26:23 by break »

    Offline break

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #1 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:09:40 »
    Updates



    2020-08-03

    The August update will be delayed by a few weeks. In it, you can expect:

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

    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.

    In the meantime, 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.

    2020-07-10
    • Reworking Novelties kit.
    • Changing Base and Spacebars kits to better support ISO and 40s.

    2020-07-03
    • Changing Base and Spacebars kits to better support ISO and 40s.
    • Exploring options for Novelties kit.
    • Considering R5 sculpted row. Not for this set, sorry folks.

    Common Questions



    Will you offer a deskmat?

    Iíve heard you all on this - we will offer a deskmat. Maybe several! I also personally want a ďminiĒ-mat (500x250mm) to fit my personal keyboard tray, so you can expect that too. More news on the deskmat soon.

    Color matching is tough, and youíre new at this. Can we trust you?

    I have reached out to several people about color matching, and plan to employ the communityís state-of-the-art techniques to match color.

    Rest assured: Iíll use the largest magnifying glass and candle I can find. /s

    What about a 40s kit?

    I am not personally a 40s user, but this kit is on my radar. If you are interested and require 40s support, please let me know in the IC Survey.

    What about expanded ISO coverage?

    Iím considering a few tweaks to the base kit to improve support, like R3 \| and R4 >< (thanks Konstantin). Depending on interest I am also open to adding UK-ISO into base.

    A Scandinavian-inspired set without a NorDe kit?

    I would love to support NorDe users, but itíll be challenging. Consider two of the biggest sets to date: GMK 9009 sold 1500 base kits and 55 NorDe kits, while GMK MoDo Light sold 3000 base kits and 100 NorDe kits. At a 3% attachment rate and a standard 250 MOQ, I would sell 7.5 kits.

    That said, if youíre interested in NorDe, chime in on the IC Survey and I will definitely consider it.

    Love the base kit, but...chair novelties? (And other comments about Corbusier / Mies and Saarinenís architectural work.)

    I hear you! Iím not the biggest fan of novelties myself. If youíd like to express yourself outside of interior decor, I promise youíll love the work coming from the artisans collaborating on this set. Hopefully youíre also interested in the base kit as is.

    As for Eeroís architecture, I love it too! Have you seen Ingalls Rink at Yale? Or the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in New York City? Drop into my Discord server for more news on this. ;)

    Finally, Iím also open to showing more love to other classic interior designs. Let me know what youíd love to see.
    « Last Edit: Mon, 03 August 2020, 11:58:56 by break »

    Offline goddream

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #2 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:15:28 »
    cute, glwic
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    Offline powwu

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #3 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:18:32 »
    Wow, this set is gorgeous.

    Offline trg1234

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #4 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:38:43 »
    interested. consider text+icon pls

    Offline mrpetrov

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #5 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:46:30 »
    As a lover of mid modern furniture and style generally, I love this set. Great work with the colors. The novelties are killer too.

    Offline konstantin

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #6 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:49:30 »
    I'm a fan of the colors, they remind me of some Prostoria furniture I own (not quite Knoll, but close enough). Nicely done.

    You can remove the 1.75u spacekey since there is no 40% support in the set, and that size is only used on a few 40% boards.
    1.25u and 1u spacekeys would be a better inclusion, since they are also used on Alice-style boards, ≥60% splits and for standard split 6.25u space.

    Please consider using R3 \|, R4 <> instead of R3 #~, R4 \| for the ISO keys. You can read why here and here.

    P.S. Whoever did your render made the Scroll key the wrong row ;)
    « Last Edit: Thu, 02 July 2020, 06:42:34 by konstantin »

    Offline Ulliam

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #7 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:01:39 »
    great job dude!

    Offline Agilr

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #8 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:02:12 »
    All accents in base kit, now we're talking :cool:

    Offline vi0till

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #9 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:23:08 »
    so clean. i really like the colorway.

    Offline guybrush

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #10 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 01:55:31 »
    Oh I like this a lot. Having just bought a few Artek items I understand the birch love  :). Iíd be in for this.

    Offline Shiro

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #11 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 02:16:26 »
    i really do enjoy the colors, though i wish there were more varied designs for the novelties outside of just chairs personally.

    Offline DetectiveNio

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #12 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 02:17:52 »
    I waited so long for these.

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    Offline bobdenard

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #13 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 02:48:17 »
    Gorgeous colors, Iím in! I second konstantin about R3 |\


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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #14 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 03:28:46 »
    Much better than the first draft, good job and good luck!  :thumb:

    Offline Rawcco

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #15 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 03:31:38 »
    Lovely colours, interested. Novelties not so sure...

    Offline tonetizzley

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #16 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 04:04:36 »
    Completely in on this. Great work!!

    Offline lolafineday

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #17 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 05:22:31 »
    A render without the accent keys? Might look interesting

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    Offline Fredington

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #18 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 06:19:56 »
    Nice.

    Offline ttom

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #19 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 06:40:19 »
    Looking good, GLWIC mate!

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #20 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 07:55:35 »
    I really like those colors! Looks very clean!

    Offline beerafffe1

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #21 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:01:42 »
    This is nice. Would have loved to see the Le Corbusier or an Eames in the Novelty set but this looks very nice!

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #22 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:09:59 »
    This set looks so good! It's like calming almost, great choice of colors. The novelties I'm not a huge fan of.

    Offline sebkow

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #23 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:11:18 »
    nice set but the modifiers should be a little darker. Something closer to spiced honey.

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #24 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:14:42 »
    Looks great break. Cool to see this up!

    Offline ogWalker

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #25 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:15:29 »
    Very excited for this one, great work break!! :thumb:

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #26 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:30:59 »
    More of a PBT Oak person tbh, gl with ic. :thumb:

    Offline futurecrime

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #27 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:43:07 »
    Nice inspiration, really dig the novelties. I like the idea of a bunch of chairs on a keyboard.

    Offline EnjoyMyInSec

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #28 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 09:18:43 »
    Nice work, looks nice  :thumb:

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #29 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 10:34:08 »
    ooooh all those accents on the base! Dope!! GLWIC!!
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    Offline musicgecko

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #30 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 10:59:27 »
    i like how it adds a luxurious and premium look to those keyboards without being over the top flashy. when GB?

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #31 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 14:25:50 »
    Yes!!

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #32 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 14:41:29 »
    This is beautiful, I would join!

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #33 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 15:29:47 »
    Looks reallyyyyyy good, very interested

    Offline break

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #34 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 17:03:11 »
    Warning: this message powered by a combination of New Dad Feels (my son is turning six months old next week), afternoon cortados and garden-variety appreciation.

    I set out to design something that fit into both my new home office and my (hypothetical for now, am I right?) desk at work, and thought of this as an excuse to learn some graphic design (a personal life-long goal). Thank you all for the kind words and feedback during the first day of the GMK Birch Interest Check. (Iím sending this message a bit earlier than 24 hours, because frankly I need to celebrate putting this out into the world.)

    Iíve added a Common Questions post with some thoughts after reading every piece of feedback. Thank you all for taking the time.

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #35 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 17:12:08 »
    Very classy.

    Offline ilikerustoo

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #36 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 17:47:25 »
    I'll take it

    Offline crykn

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #37 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 19:57:47 »
    Cool

    Offline captain

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #38 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 21:36:07 »
    Lookin good son!


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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #39 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 00:01:21 »
    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.

    Offline Surface

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #40 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 00:43:32 »
    Am interested in this! Refined :thumb:

    Offline konstantin

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #41 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 03:12:24 »
    I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

    I think so too!

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
    « Reply #42 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 08:47:47 »
    This set rendered on the gold Hiney TKL One just sold me. Count me in!

    Maybe the novelties can get a slight upgrade? Possibly add some interior design alternatives like a vintage record player/jukebox, vase with flowers, ottoman, a cigar (less on theme but think it would fit), framed painting or other nice touches to a home office. Just some things that came to mind. Either way, love the set and will be picking one up once GB comes around.

    Offline break

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #43 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 22:22:13 »
    Lovely colours, interested. Novelties not so sure...

    This set looks so good! It's like calming almost, great choice of colors. The novelties I'm not a huge fan of.

    This set rendered on the gold Hiney TKL One just sold me. Count me in!

    Maybe the novelties can get a slight upgrade? Possibly add some interior design alternatives like a vintage record player/jukebox, vase with flowers, ottoman, a cigar (less on theme but think it would fit), framed painting or other nice touches to a home office. Just some things that came to mind. Either way, love the set and will be picking one up once GB comes around.

    As a lover of mid modern furniture and style generally, I love this set. Great work with the colors. The novelties are killer too.

    Nice inspiration, really dig the novelties. I like the idea of a bunch of chairs on a keyboard.

    i really do enjoy the colors, though i wish there were more varied designs for the novelties outside of just chairs personally.

    This is nice. Would have loved to see the Le Corbusier or an Eames in the Novelty set but this looks very nice!

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. The novelties have provided a fun excuse to learn graphic design, but thereís clearly a mixed response to them. Iím weighing out a few options:

    • Since folks can simply skip the kit if they like, replace some of the more esoteric designs with other interior design hallmarks.
    • Same as above, but go with a slightly broader theme than ďMidMod hits.Ē
    • Scrap them in favor of 1-2 aluminum artisans, if this gets all the way to GB.

    If I keep them, they definitely need to be polished, specifically errors in proportion while setting up my artboards. Some folks also identified two which may fall outside of GMK standards (thanks crykn and 159) - I forgot to double check this before running the IC.

    Iíll keep you all posted on what I decide, and would love to hear more from you all about this in the meantime.

    Offline break

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #44 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 22:28:57 »
    Meanwhile, some thoughts on ISO and 40s.

    Gorgeous colors, Iím in! I second konstantin about R3 |

    You can remove the 1.75u spacekey since there is no 40% support in the set, and that size is only used on a few 40% boards.
    1.25u and 1u spacekeys would be a better inclusion, since they are also used on Alice-style boards, ≥60% splits and for standard split 6.25u space.

    Please consider using R3 \|, R4 <> instead of R3 #~, R4 \| for the ISO keys. You can read why here and here.

    P.S. Whoever did your render made the Scroll key the wrong row ;)


    Iím absolutely considering those changes to base ISO support, thanks for suggesting them and sharing links to the reasoning for the keys. The improvement in coverage is phenomenal.

    As for 40s support, Iím considering adding support in the form of R2 & R3 1u Esc, R3 Enters in 1u and 1.75u along with Tab in 1.25u, and R4 1u Shift and Enter. These may go into the Spacebars kit, alongside split alpha-colored white bars, as a single Extension kit for non-base layouts.

    As always, let me know what you think!
    « Last Edit: Sat, 04 July 2020, 09:58:20 by breakbeatzors »

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #45 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 09:07:03 »
    I am loving the look of this set. My only suggestion would be to please please include white alice bars in the spacebar kit.

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #46 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 18:31:14 »
    Love the colors.
    Would it be possible to see additional renders on e-white and grey colored boards?

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #47 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 21:20:41 »
    Love the colors.
    Would it be possible to see additional renders on e-white and grey colored boards?

    Thank you!

    More renders coming soon alongside kitting updates.

    Offline musicgecko

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #48 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 22:51:46 »
    love the colors but not the novelties. i understand its a tribute to inspiration but not my cup of tea.

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #49 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 23:26:16 »
    I think my only issue with the novelties is that some of the chairs on the bigger keys look like smaller keys but just stretched.

    Offline break

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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?


    « Last Edit: Sun, 05 July 2020, 17:48:27 by breakbeatzors »

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #51 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 18:46:40 »
    Might be a good addition to the set.

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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?

    Show Image


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

    Offline break

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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?

    Show Image


    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.

    Offline ymaaan

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #54 on: Mon, 06 July 2020, 10:44:31 »
    Hell yea! Loving this set. Ilumkb for Asia vendor please!

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    Offline Stev!e

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #55 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 18:43:54 »
    An instant buy for me.

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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.
    « Last Edit: Fri, 10 July 2020, 09:53:20 by breakbeatzors »

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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,

    Show Image

    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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #75 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 11:25:46 »
    Love the color scheme. I'm in!

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #77 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 14:46:16 »
    I'm in! This is beautiful..

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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!
    « Last Edit: Sun, 02 August 2020, 11:09:31 by break »

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « Reply #83 on: Wed, 26 August 2020, 15:28:43 »
    interested! beautiful colors

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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
    « Last Edit: Thu, 03 September 2020, 10:30:15 by break »

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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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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    Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
    « 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 :)