Spectacle 80

Spectacle 80

Stilou Studio


At Stilou Studio, we take pride in pioneering designs that are not just tools, but also works of art. With our latest creation, "Spectacle 80," we've taken this philosophy to new heights. This blog post is a deep dive into the inspirations, innovations, and design nuances that make "Spectacle 80" a standout in the realm of mechanical keyboards.

The rear of the Spectacle 80 seen up-close.

Inspiration Behind "Spectacle 80"

Our journey with "Spectacle 80" began with a vision to create a keyboard that transcends the traditional, blending form and functionality into a seamless whole. Inspired by the spectacle of nature itself - more specifically butterflies - and the intricacy of precision and adaptability, we set out to create a keyboard that is both a pleasure to use and a marvel to behold.

The Art of Top-Mount Plate Design

A top-mount plate serves as the backbone of "Spectacle 80," offering a typing experience that is both stable and satisfying. We chose this mounting style to achieve a consistent feel across all keys, ensuring each keystroke is as reassuring as the last. The rigidity provided by this mount not only enhances the acoustics of typing but also brings a sense of reliability and refinement to the user experience.

 A picture of the top-mount implementation of the Spectacle 80.

Mastery Through 5-Axis CNC Machining

To realize the intricate contours and precise dimensions of "Spectacle 80," we embraced the advanced capabilities of 5-axis CNC machining. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to sculpt with an artist's touch, carving out complex geometries that would be impossible with traditional methods. Each curve, angle, and line is a testament to the precision that 5-axis machining affords, ensuring that every "Spectacle 80" is a masterpiece of mechanical art.

An Exterior Unmarred by Screws

One of the signature features of "Spectacle 80" is its screw-less exterior. Through clever engineering and meticulous design, we've hidden all screws from view, creating a sleek, uninterrupted profile that speaks to the minimalist aesthetic. This design choice not only enhances the visual appeal but also speaks to the innovation at the heart of our work.

Embracing the TKL (80%) Layout

The TKL or Tenkeyless layout is a nod to those who value efficiency and space. By adopting an 80% layout, "Spectacle 80" provides all the necessary functionality without the footprint of a full-sized keyboard. This choice is for the discerning user who prizes desk real estate as much as performance and style.

The Spectacle 80 sitting on the ground.

The Seam as a Design Element

In crafting "Spectacle 80," we transformed the unavoidable seam that comes with constructing a keyboard into a defining design element. Rather than hiding it, we embraced it, allowing the seam to trace a deliberate path across the keyboard's body. This feature is a bold statement—celebrating the union of the keyboard's components as an aesthetic highlight rather than an afterthought.


"Spectacle 80" is more than a mechanical keyboard—it's a declaration of our unwavering commitment to beauty, functionality, and precision. Every element, from the top-mount plate to the hidden screws and the celebrated seam, converges to create a user experience that is truly unparalleled.

As you peruse the accompanying images, you'll notice the attention to detail and the passion for excellence that defines the "Spectacle 80". Each angle is a deliberate stroke of design intent, every surface an ode to the tactile joy of touch, and every line a part of a greater aesthetic whole.

It is our hope that "Spectacle 80" elevates your work, play, and everything in between, becoming not just a part of your desk but a cornerstone of your daily inspiration.


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