What Bhold Stands For

Bhold’s values started out as my own beliefs, life values that I strive to live by. I’d like to share a few of our values and illustrate how they come through in our products and our brand.

Solve interesting problems. Help others.

Of the many problems to solve in our world, I felt that where I could be the most helpful in is creating something beautiful that fixes a problem every day. A little bit every day adds up to a lot over the course of a lifetime. Every Bhold design is inspired by solving a problem in our daily lives.

  

Be bold and daring. Challenge your limits.

I always remind myself and others that life is short so you must dare to do what you want to do in life. And that’s the most important use of your time. Be patient and smart about it, but go for it! Our boldness comes through in going for our mission despite the odds, and in our logo, where we use thick font and strong colors.

 

Do something different. Create something new.

It's only meaningful to create Bhold for you all if I could contribute concepts that are unique, useful and better than what already exists. In addition to our name, the thought put into our logo and our imagery also carry this aspirational goal. Our icon is nothing more than a red line over a black background, and the line in between the “b” and the “h” stands for the blank canvas of future designs that are yet to be.

 

   

Simplify. Simple is often more difficult than elaborate.

Many of us often get caught up with creating the most complex and elaborate version of something that the world has never seen before, but the more important thing is to think about why we created it. At Bhold, to create objects that you use every day, we believe simple is better. It’s easier to use, keeps only the most essential and saves you time. Every time an iteration of a design gets too complex, I cut, cut, and cut until it’s back to something manageable. And simple does not have to be boring.

  

Have fun while you’re at it. Live in the moment.

Whether you like to focus on what’s ahead or to reflect back on the past, it helps to remember that the moment that’s happening right now will never happen again. To have no regrets and even to learn, we need to live lightheartedly and playfully. This comes across in the colors and the shapes that I choose for Bhold’s designs. Enjoy!

Announcing the Bheard Sound Pod

It's official. The new Bheard Sound Pod is here!

Waterproof, light and portable, take this acoustic speaker anywhere for sound quality that will take you by surprise.

At 0.3 oz, it weighs nothing yet packs a ton of sound for your music, podcasts and speakerphone calls.

You gave us your feedback. We listened. Now, it's ready to entertain and delight you and your guests! 

Kickstarter backers, look for your official update here. We thank you for your support!

See our blog post published last week on Maker's Row explaining how the sound pod went from initial concept to final product.

For a glimpse into its product development, check back this week for early prototypes you can download and 3D print.

And be sure to get your very own sound pod here!

Exhibiting at SXSW 2015

Austin, you're next!

We'll be exhibiting as part of NYC Next Top Makers at SXSW Create, a free and open part of the festival that showcases creators and makers from around the world. We're honored to be invited!

SXSW Create will be open from March 13-15, and Bhold will showcase our work from March 14-15. If you'll be in Austin, we hope to see you there!

Find us on i.materialise!

We're happy to announce the opening of a new web shop on i.materialise, the largest 3D printing facility in the world. You'll find our iconic 3D printed ceramic pieces offered on their site.

Two of our designs, the Bstrong Travel Hook and the Bheard Sound Pod, are now featured on their Shop page!

Sip 'n Shop with us at BoConcept in Soho

We're invited to exhibit alongside other up-and-coming designers at BoConcept's Holiday Sip 'n Shop event this Friday, December 12th from 5-8pm!

Join us at BoConcept's Soho store at 69 Greene St where we'll drink to the holidays while you look at new designs in home decor, clothing and accessories. BoConcept's furniture itself will serve as the backdrop! Look for us in the downstairs showroom. 

BoConcept is a luxury furniture brand that started in Denmark and is now recognized globally with 90 studios and 230 stores worldwide. See their blog for more.

RSVP over email or Facebook invite. See you there!

Gift More with Bhold’s Holiday Gift Sets

At your request, we’ve created holiday gift sets so that you can give your family and friends a bundle of whimsical, well-designed solutions all at once to help make their day easier and more fun. Get all of a set for one special giftee or a set for yourself to give to many at once!

Btechy Smartphone Gift Set
After that new smartphone arrives with the new phone case, what else makes the most of the new device? This trio of goodies makes a great phone companion at home, at work and on the go. The Bsteady Car Mount lets you be hands-free in the car with its curved design that fits any size phone now or later. Take your music with you to the kitchen, to your vacation, then back to your living room with the Bheard Sound Pod. It also works great as a speakerphone. Sit down and watch a video in the Bsnug Phone Stand to give your arms a break, then use it for its dual purpose as an earphone wrap when you’re on the go.

Bneat Cable Wrap Gift Set
The Bneat set gives you a set of three options to tuck away the cables and cords that you're carrying with you everywhere. Each shape is curved just right to allow you to wrap quickly and easily in any direction you’d like. From the Bspun’s fun jack shape that actually spins to the Bbouncy’s seamless hinge to the Bsnug’s pillowy curves, the Bneat set takes care of them all. This playful set will make your giftee’s day-to-day a few notches better.

Sets offer you a bundle price so that you can get and gift more. Remember to take a look at our current sets which also make great gifts!

Note that the original Bneat Earphone Organizer will now only be available as part of the two-in-one Bspacey set, and we’ve moved the Bneat name over to our new holiday set above. 

Each Bhold piece is minimalistic in design and weighs almost nothing yet is packed with what you need plus more.

Lastly, if you have not yet seen our 3D printed ceramic Bholdable Sake Set in Glossy White, take a look now! Recent changes due to the sharply limited availability are highlighted in this update post.

Happy holiday shopping, all!

Pre-Order the Bheard Sound Pod and Changes to Ceramic Offerings

After our Kickstarter ended (on a momentous and positive note!), many have asked for a way to pre-order the new more portable version of the Bheard Sound Pod which will be made in a material similar to hard silicone. It’s now available at a special pre-order price for a limited time until its release during the December holidays!

And as some of you might have heard, 3D printed ceramic has now become much more difficult to access, so we’ve had to adjust the prices accordingly to reflect its sharply limited supply. For the time being, we can readily offer Glossy White and Glossy Black as options. Light Blue and Matte Black are no longer available. Additionally, the Btipsy Sake Jug is now only available as part of the matching Bholdable Sake Set.

For specific requests on colored glazing, please email us. At the moment, almost all Bholdable pieces will take 5-6 weeks to produce, with the exception of single shot cups. See the detailed drop-down options for availability and lead times.

10 Ways to Use Your Bheard Sound Pod

1. Easily amp up your music when your friend is over for a glass of wine.
2. Sing and dance in the shower while your sound pod sits comfortably dry by the sink.
3. Hear your speakerphone calls better for those iPhone conference calls at your startup.
4. Video chat with your long distance friends.
5. Listen to your favorite jams while you cook.
6. Take this ‘no plugging, no charging, no pairing’ speaker to your next park outing or beach day.
7. Prop as a stand to see recipes on your phone screen at just the right angle when you’re cooking (and keep it out of your ingredients!).
8. Many of you have said it’s cool just as a phone holder. And it does so much more!
9. Make sure you hear that alarm when you have to be up early in the a.m.
10. Decorate and jazz up your mantle or coffee table at home with the Bheard as a beautiful design centerpiece!
Sound useful? Like the sound pod's design? Find it on Kickstarter!

Come Out To See

Out To See is a holiday neighborhood market happening every weekend in November, and we'll be there on Sunday, November 16th!

Sponsored by the City of New York, it's an event that started in order to showcase the South Street Seaport neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and has now expanded to include NYC Next Top Makers, New Inc members, Maker Faire Editor's Choice Winners, and much more!

Come by to see us at the Maker Gallery at 213 Water St this Sunday from 11am to 5pm and start your holiday shopping alongside local makers, artists, musicians, and foodie goodness. For more details, you'll find the festival schedule here.

See you there!

Launching Our First Kickstarter for the Bheard Sound Pod

We’re excited and ready to take one of our concept products to market. Today we’re announcing our first Kickstarter for the Bheard Sound Pod, one of our most popular designs, and our goal is to scale its production by opening up a mold and creating the first production batch.

We at Bhold believe in balancing aesthetics and function, and relevance today with longer-term efficiency and sustainability. Now that we’ve seen the reactions to our proof of concept for the sound pod, we’re ready to take it further. But we need your help.

To keep the elegant design of the concept piece, we'll still make it in one piece (trust me, not at all an easy feat to mold!) and this time it’ll be made of a silicone-like material that will make the Bheard durable, portable and waterproof. At a diameter of 4 inches, it’ll fit any phone including the iPhone 6 Plus and any Samsung Note.

The production version will create the same optimized rich acoustic sound that has gone through 37 versions in 6 short weeks and been thoroughly tested by the team and by our community of Bhold Labs testers.

Backers will be able to pre-order at a reduced price across a number of pledge levels, but the final price will go up after our Kickstarter is over. The Bheard will continue to be Made in the USA. Delivery will be in 2 months to arrive in time for holidays.

So here it is, ready for you to back. We're a tiny team but with a big mission and dream. We'd love it if you'd join us in this journey!

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