One Design Office creates aluminium Arkitube
for carrying large-format drawings


Tired of lugging around large-format paper in plastic cylinders or rubber bands, Australian studio One Design Office has created an "aesthetically pleasing" aluminium presentation tube for transporting architectural drawings (+ slideshow).

Arkitube by One Office Design

One Design Office director Jon Liow felt embarrassed taking presentation drawings to client meetings in bulky containers, so designed an extendable aluminium tube.

"The idea was born out of my frustration in trying to find any products currently on the market that I would be happy to use," Liow told Dezeen.

Arkitube by One Office Design

"I've spent years using cardboard tubes, rubber bands, chunky telescopic tubes, and large folios... however as I now work in the design industry professionally, it is just not a great way to present as an architect/designer."

Arkitube by One Office Design

Made from extruded aluminium, the tube can hold rolled paper up to A2 size at its standard length. An extension section can be screwed on to the top to lengthen the tube to hold A1 sheets.

Arkitube by One Office Design

Arkitube comes in black and silver, with a matte finish to make it more dirt and dust resistant. It is carried over the shoulder with a detachable, adjustable black or tan leather strap.

Arkitube by One Office Design

Straps are fixed to the top and bottom of the tube with "buttons", which can be screwed on or off using a coin.

Arkitube by One Office Design

"The benefits of Arkitube over plastic tubes is mainly in its aesthetics, but I believe it goes beyond that in giving confidence to the user," said Liow. "The quality, durability and refinement of the product is designed to be indicative of the value people put into their drawings/designs."

Arkitube by One Office Design

The tube weighs 0.8 kilograms including the extension section and leather strap.

Arkitube by One Office Design

"We've been through several prototypes to ensure that it is light enough to not be a burden to carry, yet heavy enough to give a sense of quality and durability," said Liow.

Arkitube by One Office Design

The project launched on Kickstarter yesterday.

  • Sceptical

    Has no-one thought of this before?

  • Strom Architects

    I would not recommend this for BA1 students at Portsmouth Uni, when they’re sent down to the Naval Dockyard to do measured drawings…

  • Md

    Saw this design on Quirky already, but I think a different designer. Slightly different in that it was a nylon or canvas bag that unzipped to slow it to get larger. Seems lighter and would allow for storage in a backpack. Even the image and strapping is similar. Really similar.

  • Amazed & scared

    Are those things seriously still around?

  • Dan Howarth

    I really could have done with one of these during my architecture student days (the tube, not the scruffy beard).

  • sigh

    The fetishisation of day-to-day objects continues. I’ll stick to my poster tubes, thanks.

    • dan

      It may not be a world-changing object, and a few years too late, but in my opinion it is still a much nicer version and I don’t see why we shouldn’t strive to make everything more attractive if it’s not detrimental to function.

  • Petros

    Well I prefer the old type. It can retract, without having to look were you left that extension tube. And yes, plastic. If it gets squeezed or dropped it doesn’t scratch and retains its shape.

    Can’t say the same about aluminium. Also it would be interesting if they could somehow coat it with some form of silicone-based or rubbery coat so that it will not make noise or that glass conference table…

  • Basically you’ll be carrying a hot radiator in the summer and a chiller rod in the winter. Thanks but I’m keeping my cheap nerdy plastic tube.

  • Soupdragon

    Looks good, but rather on the thin side. You’re going to have to roll those drawings pretty tight to get many in.

  • Matt Clarke

    Do they make one of these for PDFs?

  • rivergirl

    Seriously, who is carrying around rolls of drawings these days? Great idea for 1990.

  • PM

    Beautiful object and wish I had the need to use one, but in my 10 years post-university, I have not used a tube. A3 printed presentations and PDFs all the way.

  • Zinuz

    I disagree, then I have to pick up the tub from the cover. One extra moment and it does’t say anything about the material on the tube on his site.

    • Christoffer Jørgensen

      @Hede Thank you! I guess we have met at Blickfang. :-)

      @Zinuz:disqus The tube doesn’t have to be picked out of the cover. The idea, however, is for the user to be able to swap and store multiple tubes at home or office. The innertube is handmade by a bookbinder here in Denmark and handwaxed.

      Since launch it has appealed to students as well as firms that would like to present large drawings to their clients in a different or refined way. Personally I prefer paper drawings and could not show up with digital drawings to carpenters, and this was the result. Best regards Christoffer Jørgensen / Manufakture

  • Hotte

    Wonderful design. When I used to study in Barcelona i bought a wonderful leather tube from Antonio Miro and I haven’t used it for years. Anyone around carrying unfolded drawings that size?

  • Harley

    Nice to look at. What about A0-size paper?

  • Romain_M

    Could work as a conventional “professional attribute”, like a barrister’s wig or those “green eyeshades” for accountants. Maybe you could fill it to the brim with candy!

  • dadv

    Yeah, I agree with this. As part of the younger generation, I have yet to carry drawings around in my career. Of course we deliver a drawing set, once. For site visits, just use a printer on site and print what is needed for discussion. Most of the subcontractors I have seen don’t use full drawings anymore either, just A3s of shop drawings they need to get the job done, if that.

    But that said, I’m sure there is a tiny niche market and it seems like a nice project for that market, but if we are talking nice and expensive I’d rather have a leather coated plastic one than metal…

    • Sgto. Coimito

      Try every single architecture student or anybody in design school.

      • tt

        Perhaps in your first year, but after that most design and architecture crits are done electronically on large touch screens – regardless of if your work is digital or scanned in as analogue. In practice, work is printed off at A3, but mostly for in-house use or construction. Considering the amount of work you produce for projects, pdfs are generally emailed or sent online. I’d rather save paper and present electronically, regardless of my medium. It offers more. End of.

        • Sgto. Coimito

          I would love to attend a first world university with all those nice touch screens and a proper workshop that is not full of termite infested desks and mosquitos. But you have a point, paper tubes are a thing of the past and have become a vanity item to make you look more like an architect.

          • Sgto. Coimito I study at one of those right now. Doing my course in architecture through online study where everything is submitted and reviewed in an online format. However, that being said in my day-to-day role running my design firm, I would use these as our councils still require hard-copy submissions for planning applications.

  • disqus_sbLXS2PHiW

    Dezeen doesn’t have more intelligent things to showcase anymore.

  • levelheaded

    Perfect for wannabe architects.

    • The Chief

      Boom goes the dynamite.

  • level-headed

    Do you think that joe public grasps the bite?

  • RJH

    As a tattered and musty old architect, the only drawings I handle are tattered, musty old sets of as-builts, which new clients hand over to be scanned to PDFs for reference.

    I seem to be incapable of planning far enough ahead to bring an empty container to a new-client meeting to carry off the old drawings back to my office. Also, it would seem rather architecturally cocksure (redundant, I know) to assume there would be a meeting ‘take-away’. Hehe, that said, I do think these tubes are lovely for the large, rolled samples of wall-covering, which I carry rather more often than one would think.