Singapore's NextofKin Creatives design studio recently sent us a teaser of their new chainsaw concept, "nokgear." It's a sleek take on one of the more brutal power tools known to man—not least as a horror movie cliché—to the extent that I'm curious as to how it would hold up against a human torso tree trunk.
As part of an internal initiative to explore aesthetics and user experiences related to hardware tools, nextofkin creatives developed "a lightweight chainsaw for the functional-luxe tribes." The simple juxtaposition of two adjacent rectangular frames provide a robust structure holding the engine, the chain catcher and a separate grip area for the handle. The interplay of simple modern forms and integration of textural materials creates a new aesthetic for tools in used in the outdoor domain.