Colanders or strainers, as some people call them, take up way too much room in the kitchen. Whether one is a gourmet chef, a bachelor or a starving student, it’s one of those necessary items we always need to have around the house.
Given an implied demand and premium for real estate in most countries around the world – the creators Fred & Ran based in London, UK – set out and created the ultimate colander, a true breakthrough in kitchenware design.
Folds Up with a Flick of the Wrist
It’s called the RMDLO, pronounced Armadillo, because when flipped upside down, it looks like one. When it’s time to put it away, with a flick of the wrist, using RMDLO’s (patent pending) Fold-A-Bowl technology, its stainless steel sheets collapse on top of each other folding over almost flat to a fraction of its size, taking up not much more space than a soup ladle.
Furthermore, it’s designed to be pliable so you can bend it by giving it a squeeze with your fingers, forming a basket shape and making it much easier to dispense your vegetables or macaroni so they don’t end up spilling onto the floor.
There’s more – it can also be used as a steamer, replacing yet another gadget in your home kitchen utensil arsenal.
While it sounds simple, to make it pliable, foldable and durable, not to mention fashionable and easy to clean requires finesse and precise design.
RMDLO has been five years in the making and the creators are trying to bring it to market by October through a KickStarter funding program. The funds will be used to refine the design, tooling and moulds, getting it packaged and ready for market.
So far, the project has 974 backers that have pledged £31,518 (about $57,500 CDN), towards their £45,000 goal (about $82,900 CDN), the project will only be funded if they raise the full amount by Thu, Jun 5th 2014.
Pledges start at £1 ($1.82) but if you would like one, you need to pledge at least £20 ($36.50). If money is no object, then for a pledge of £600 (about $1,100) you can get a limited edition hand-made polished titanium version signed by the creators with a special wall-mount all packaged in a luxurious RMDLO gift box. There are only 4 left; the other 4 are spoken for.
For more information, check out the RMDLO KickStarter page.
UPDATE: May 30, 2014 09:55AM EDT: Backers 1,160. Pledges: £40,676 (about $73,700 CDN), towards their £45,000 goal (about $82,900 CDN).
Photos Courtesy: Fred & Ran.
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