BOX 75: A Box that Provokes

The BOX 75 began as a project to design a keyboard I would use personally.

The name, "Box", pays homage to a response from Japanese architect Tadao Ando. When asked what architecture is to him, he replied "Chohatsu suru hako," or "the box that provokes"; and the BOX 75 seeks to do just that: a black box measuring 20mm thickness lifted by a series of interlocking thin frames.

The frame as a structural expression that is part of the keyboard also supports the keyboard itself. My hope is that one looks at it and wonders how it comes together.

  • ConstructionTop Mount/O-ring Burger Mount. Plate and Case Foam.
  • Case MaterialsAnodized or E-Coated Aluminum Body. Mirror-Polished or Black PVD Stainless Steel Accents.
  • Type Angle
  • ColorsBlack, White
  • Plate Materials1.5mm Aluminium, Polycarbonate.
  • External ScrewsNone

The anatomy of BOX 75 features a traditional top mount interior, with an exterior wrapped by an intricate series of interlocking frames that tilt and support the keyboard.

The seamless and screw-less case design produces a geometrically pure rectangular box.

Utilizing contrasting material palettes and finishes, the black case recedes to the background, accentuating and emphasizing the polished accents.

As an alternative of the classic BOX colorway, the electrophoresis white version of BOX is paired with black pvd stainless accents.

Matched with simple black on white sets, the reading of the black frames becomes almost diagrammatical at times.

The methodology of visual contrast is presented under a different light in this white colorway.

While the classic colorways are defined by an approach to visual contrast, the blackout and whiteout versions of BOX explore the perception of details, textures, and finishes.

The blackout version is all about stitching together these subtle moments of reflected light.

The whiteout BOX, with its e-white case and polished stainless steel accents, is a muted and elegant play on "white".

A quote from Kenya Hara fits here quite well: "I wonder what you will see after passing through one hundred consecutive whites."