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The Armadillo Colander (or strainer for all you folks in USA :)
The Armadillo Colander (or strainer for all you folks in USA :)
1,688 backers pledged £57,697 to help bring this project to life.

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The RMDLO folding colander open and closed.
The RMDLO folding colander open and closed.
Not just a colander but can also be used for steaming.
Not just a colander but can also be used for steaming.
So versatile and portable, why not take it outdoors.
So versatile and portable, why not take it outdoors.

We've all been there...having only one use, stowing the colander away always seems like wasting space...where on Earth do I put this cumbersome, bulky kitchen utensil?”

The RMDLO Colander (strainer) is a true breakthrough in kitchenware design. We have spent 5 years tinkering, problem solving and innovating to reach the stage we are at now….and we are proud of the results from our labour. Through an innovative and unique fold-a-bowl design, the RMDLO Colander is capable of folding closed to a fraction of its in use size, making it a modern kitchen utensil ideally suited for anyone with space saving in mind.

The Fold-A-Bowl Tech

Obsessed with origami and geometry, we were convinced the humble colander could be folded up. So we came up with RMDLO’s Fold-A-Bowl technology (patent pending). This design concept allows several stainless steel sheets to be effortlessly collapsed in on top of one another at the flick of a wrist.

Storage Made Easy

Thanks to the Fold-A-Bowl technology, the RMDLO Colander is very easy to store, especially when compared with its more traditional cousin. Closed, the colander is just 1.6cm thick and can be easily slid into a cutlery drawer, back-pack or alternatively, hung (using one of its O handles) from a nail or peg on the wall. What better way to enjoy the RMDLO Colander’s contemporary design then by prominently displaying it on your Kitchen wall for all to admire! 

Flexibility for the Chef

Another problem that RMDLO set out to solve was the complete inflexibility that plagues the rigid design of the more traditional colander. Imagine the scene...your pasta has been properly strained and then you try to guide it onto your plate and...it slides out in one big mass, spilling everywhere! So frustrating! Thanks to the RMDLO Colander’s flexible design, it is possible to squeeze it together with your fingers, forming a basket shape which will allow you to simply guide the food onto your plate.....with no messy margins for error!

Simply squeeze together in order to pour into small containers.
Simply squeeze together in order to pour into small containers.

Safe and Easy to Clean

We take the safety of all our designs very seriously. The RMDLO Colander is made from non-toxic kitchen grade materials. The stainless steel is specially heat treated before being rolled to remove any impurities. The O rings are made from BPA free non pollutant plastics. The colander is easy to clean either by hand or thanks to its corrosion free properties and compact size, it is also dishwasher ready.

Are Looks Important? Absolutely!

At RMDLO we believe so. The RMDLO Colander encapsulates everything that we hold dear in our brand – quality, design and especially, space saving. Precision cut stainless steel sheets infused with beautifully crafted plastic rings, allow the RMDLO Colander to put the “Cool” back into colander. Taking pride of place on your kitchen counter or mounted to the wall, it will never look out of place in any kitchen.

For whom?

Thanks to its space saving credentials, the RMDLO Colander is ideally suited towards people with limited space in their kitchen. Whether in a caravan, shared or perhaps just smaller kitchen, the RMDLO Colander will effortlessly slide into a drawer or conveniently hang on the wall using up as little precious space as possible. Alternatively, its versatile and portable design, allows it to be taken out and about with you for picnics, festivals or any other outdoor pursuits. Easy to clean and safe to operate, the RMDLO Colander can be used by people of all ages.

Pledges Explained

Post Kickstarter Plan?

55% - Design refinement, tools & moulds

45% - Manufacturing, packaging & delivery

0%   - Filling the office fridge (or an office...)

The first thing we want to make clear is that no funds will be wasted on salaries, marketing campaigns, filling an office fridge - even an office for that matter! Or any other irrelevant and expensive activity that does not directly benefit backers or improve the product. The key areas where the funds will be spent are as follows –

- Engineering Development – a large proportion of funds raised will be spent on a three month further development programme with a world class engineering firm. Their job is to make the product the very best it could be from a functional and visual perspective.
- Tooling – we need to produce hard tooling to lovingly cut, bend and mould the components required to assemble each colander.
- Manufacturing – setting up production line, assembly, packaging & quality assurance.
- Logistics – we want to ensure that our deliveries to our backers are as quick and efficient as possible.

Market Testing

We don’t get to go out much but we decided to take the RMDLO Colander on the road and ask a few people what they thought. In practice the “few people” turned into hundreds and honestly, it is hard to quantify the positive reaction! Not a single person that we showed and tested the colander on walked away without a smile on their face or agreeing that they would “definitely buy one of those”. Some of the most commonly used comments/questions were as follows –

“Where and when can I buy one of those?” – All in good time my friend.

“Now that is cool!” – Indeed.

“Is it stainless steel? – Yes, only the best will do.

“Is that a sex toy?” – Errrmmmm, I need to go now!

No, we can’t produce statistical evidence but please do watch the video above.

Who is Behind RMDLO?

Ran, Industrial designer/Co-founder

Hola! I’m Ran and the inventor behind the RMDLO colander. In my career I've had a chance to design many different objects, from shoes & toys up to mobile phones & TVs. I've had the pleasure of working for Samsung, Dyson and Speedo as part of their innovation teams. Working directly for Dyson's founder, Sir James, was the best of all where I was able to learn so much about what makes a great and functional product. I have taken these lessons with me and ploughed them into the making of the RMDLO Colander. My responsibility @ RMDLO is designing our customers a perfect product :)

Fred, Commercial director/Co-founder

Bonjour, I am Fred. I have been working in product based businesses for the last 8 years. I am obsessed with cool looking and innovative products, an obsession which lead me to co-create RMDLO with my buddy Ran. My responsibilities @ RMDLO are the operational and business aspects of the project, so it is my job to get the products produced and to your door step as quickly and efficiently as possible!

Risks and challenges

The Product
The colander in its current form is market ready but not to the highest standard that we expect at RMDLO. Therefore it will go into a final design for manufacturing stage with an engineering firm in the 3 months following our campaign of further development work on the product in order to address a small list of design issues that the product currently has. There is no guarantee that the engineering firm will be able to fix all the issues.

Reassurance: Rest assured that the issues are minimal and the engineering firm who would be contracted are one of the world’s foremost firms in the field of product development.

Delays
We will of course do our upmost to ensure that we hit delivery dates, however, as with all pre-order programmes, we must remind fellow pledgers that often delays can occur as a result of unforeseen circumstances. Ships sinking , parts turning out incorrect etc, are all potential risks that if realised will create delays to the project’s deliverables.

Reassurance: Rest assured however, we have a great team with substantial manufacturing experience so the delay risks are minimised. We will also give you updates every two weeks after project funding completion.

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    Get our RMDLO Limited Edition BUNDLE! You will receive 1 x RMDLO stainless steel colander (urban green) + 1 x RMDLO branded limited edition wall mount (urban green). This will never be available in the shops!

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    Get our RMDLO Super Limited Edition Magnetic BUNDLE! You will receive 1 x RMDLO stainless steel colander (urban green) + 1 x RMDLO branded limited edition magnetic fridge mount (chrome finish). This will never be available in the shops!

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    You will receive 2 x RMDLO stainless steel colanders (urban green). Save £5 off each RRP for backing us early via Kickstarter. Give the extra one as a gift??

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    You will receive 6 x RMDLO stainless steel colanders (urban green) + 1 extra colander for FREE!

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    Christmas is coming - bulk buy. You will receive 15 x RMDLO stainless steel colanders (urban green). Save £5 off each RRP for backing us early via Kickstarter. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE :)

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    Oh yes, presenting the RMDLO colander - TITANIUM version. This is as exclusive as it gets. You will receive 1 x RMDLO colander hand made from high grade polished Titanium and signed by the creators + 1 x RMDLO branded limited edition wall mount (urban green). Presented in a luxurious RMDLO gift box. A very hard wearing and cool piece of design indeed!

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