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Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

Designer Nik Bentel reimagined the classic slim cylinder of chalk that’s traditionally used for classroom education and sidewalk decoration to create a unique series of Chalk Drawers. 

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.

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

Each one features a different geometrically precise pattern that together create the three fundamental building blocks of drawing: lines, circles, and dots.
Bentel used 3D printing and a quinary number system, which allows the Drawers to be used as an accurate drawing instrument for any metric system.

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

“The Chalk Drawers are architectural drawing toys made entirely out of chalk,” said Bentel in a statement. “They are designed to create original patterns that are geometrically precise.”

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

Currently on display in the store at New York’s New Museum, the collection comprises three unusually shaped versions of the typically cylindrical tool.

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks

Nik Bentel reinvents chalk sticks