Nikolas Bentel has redesigned the chalk stick to create new patterns, in a new line of toys. They have various shapes so that budding artists and architects can draw hatching, dots and circle visulizations.
Bentel, who grew up in a family of architects, developed the Chalk Drawers set as a playful way for children to engage with architecture and design. Currently on display in the store at New York’s New Museum, the collection comprises three unusually shaped versions of the typically cylindrical tool. Each creates markings based on those found in architectural drawings: hatching, circles and dots.
Bentel first modelled the trio of chalk implements on a computer, and then 3D-printed the designs. From these he created urethane moulds, into which the chalk mixture is poured inside and left to set. The moulds then separate into two parts to release the finished product.
“Chalk is a widely available material that has been in use for thousands of years,” said the designer, who has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund wider production of the toys. “Just about every shape and use has been tried with chalk.”
“In order to reimagine an original use, I had to reimagine its structure through modern manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing,” he added. “There was also a good amount of manual postproduction work that went into getting the designs perfect.”