Gear Patrol selected our frying skillet as part of its inaugural GP100, a curated selection of their 100 best consumer products of 2013. We're especially honored to be included among the other companies in their Home category - Knoll, Weber, Steelcase and Nest, just to name a few. Take a look at the full list of winners here. Thanks, guys!
As all of our products are made by hand in small batches, we will be listing items on a weekly basis as they come out of the furnace.
In the shop today, you can find eight of our cast iron frying skillets as well as our bottle openers, available in both cast iron and Zamak. Our 12" braising skillets and other products will be soon to come.
Our shop has found a new home at the Gear Factory on Syracuse's Near West Side. Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908, the building is the former site of the Brown-Lipe machine shop, a precursor to Kahn's famous daylight factories built for Ford. Abandoned for years, the Gear Factory is now a cornerstone for the revitalization underway on the Near West Side. You can read more about the neighborhood's transformation here.
Over the weekend, we took some skillets, some friends and a canoe to Hunter Lake, NY for a little R & R before diving headlong into final push building the new foundry. The trip also gave us the opportunity to try out the skillets over a campfire. Not only were the fish perfectly cooked, they looked good cookin'.
We're pleased to announce that our Frying Skillets was honored in the First Annual Core77 Design Awards with a 'Notable' in the Products/Equipment category. It's exciting to be included in such an amazing bunch of winners - you can find them all here. You can see our entire entry on the Core77 site, including a short video with John showing off the skillet. The judges had a lot of great things to say about our skillet but our favorite quote might be from Rama Chorpash, "Perhaps this is the start of a second Iron Age?" We hope so, Rama.
ABOUT THE CORE77 DESIGN AWARDS Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. For our inaugural year, we present 15 categories of entry, providing designers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects, entrepreneurial to pro-bono engagements, we embrace a wide diversity of design enterprise: commercial, cultural, social, environmental, or discursive. We welcome projects in all these spheres and honor the time, effort and quality of the endeavors, no matter their provenance.
ABOUT CORE77 Since 1995, Core77 has served a devoted global audience of designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, and an extensive event calendar in addition to hosting portfolios, job listings, and a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 also provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibitions.
It's been an awesome month watching support pour in from all across the internet. Designers, foodies, chefs, beer lovers, iron groupies, friends and family, thank you all SO MUCH for backing our business. An extra special thank you to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats for the thorough (and glowing) review that no doubt had a huge impact on us reaching our goal. We overshot our goal by nearly $7,000!
Of course, now the real work begins. We've been prepping digital files, securing our new space, stockpiling scrap iron, building some parts of the foundry, and more. Soon (after a pesky 3 week wait while funds are transfered) we'll start construction on our new iron furnace, aka Skilletron 2.0, create tooling for molds, and order a truck load of raw materials to start making our Kickstarter rewards. Our hope is to be fully up and running and ready for larger scale production in time for the holidays!
There will be plenty more updates to come as we build the foundry and start producing skillets. Again, we cannot thank our Kickstarter backers enough and we can't wait to send out the first batch of skillets. Ok, we're off to break up some scrap iron.
We would like to go ahead and give a BIG thank you to all of you who helped us reach our funding goal as of June 23nd. We are very excited to get the chance to make all the rewards a.s.a.p., but keep spreading the word. 10 more days to get a pre-order in! We will be making all of the items for our Kickstarter backers before we begin to take orders for everyone else out there. The more backing we can get, the faster we can move on construction of Skilletron 2.0 (that's the furnace's name). We've got 10 days, let's keep this momentum going!
To take our skillets from one-off tests to production we're gonna need a bigger foundry. We're turning to Kickstarter for funding and making our skillets available for pre-order for the first time. We've also created a few smaller iron pieces exclusively for the Kickstarter campaign. Check out the video and go order your skillets now at Kickstarter!
We're happy to report that some BF prototypes will be a part of this awesome show highlighting south-eastern designers. Check it out if you're in the area.
We were honored to be chosen by Jen Lockwood, a blogger from The Daily Grommet, as her pick for The Blogger's Choice Award at the New York International Gift Fair. Go here to see Jen and Jason discuss our frying skillet. Today was the last day of the fair, and we had a great time with our fellow product designers and everyone who stopped by the exhibit to talk with us about our new products. Thank you to NYIGF and all the attendees.
For those of you who didn't get to go by the fair here's a look at what our part of the Young Designer's exhibition looked like.