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A line of drinkware based upon the iconic look of laboratory glass.

The Story:

Just as a chemical reaction is two or more materials combined to form a novel substance, Periodic TableWare is a synthesis of two intentions; A creation produced when the Form of Laboratory glass is applied to the Function of drinkware, both for the table and the bar.

But why?

Laboratory glass has an appeal that is both alien and recognizable. Its iconic look conveys the power of science, and in its clarity are curves that are clean and beautiful.

From this realization, Periodic TableWare was born. Using scientific glassware as both the material and inspiration, I have developed a line of drinkware that aims to be simultaneously entertaining and practical, elegant and amusing, nostalgic and unique.

The Process

Once this idea struck me, I immediately dived into studying the entire range of existing laboratory glass. I quickly realized this was largely unnecessary. To make this line translate I needed to use glassware that is commonly recognizable, i.e. beakers and flasks, not esoteric specialty tools. Sketches followed.

Early Sketches
Early Sketches

While these ideas were my starting point, it was once I started prototyping (At Drayton Glass works in Savannah, Georgia) that the line really started to take shape. The critiques from friends and strangers that followed helped me drop some ideas and gave me others to pursue in return. For their help I am grateful.

The Line

Wine Glass

The Wine Glass
The Wine Glass

The first glass I thought of when I had the conception of Periodic TableWare. The city cousin of the Redneck Wine Glass, it is a laboratory beaker cohered to a classic wine stem and base. Graduated to 200 ml, but can hold a heavy pour of 300.

Martini Glass

Fluidless Martini Glass
Fluidless Martini Glass

The classic martini top with an Erlenmeyer flask base. Once I assembled this together I looked at the sealed volume in the base and saw there was an opportunity to do more. After experimenting with various fluids I created a second version in which two immiscable fluids are contained in the vessel, creating a flowing layer. The fluids are both hermetically sealed shut and FDA approved for redundant safety. It comes in classic clear or colors (Blue, Green, Purple, Red).

Dangled up in Blue...version of the Martini Glass
Dangled up in Blue...version of the Martini Glass
Martini Glass with clear fluids
Martini Glass with clear fluids
It's a rainbow. Martini in Blue, Green, Purple, and Red
It's a rainbow. Martini in Blue, Green, Purple, and Red

Rocks and Highball Glasses

The visual and functional cues of the laboratory beaker are applied to essential drinkware. The curled lip, pulled spout, and metric scale are combined with the traditional shapes and solid glass bases of rocks and highball glasses. Perfect for high end cocktails or daily table use. 250ml and 350ml, respectively.

The Rocks Glass...not just for drinks on the rocks
The Rocks Glass...not just for drinks on the rocks
Sketched renders of the Highball Glass and its drinkatory uses
Sketched renders of the Highball Glass and its drinkatory uses

Decanter

A 1000ml Erlenmeyer flask, a ground glass stopper, and a modified laboratory clamp handle. Beyond its striking looks, you'll be amazed by how it just feels good to pour from it. Surprisingly ergonomic and highly functional with unparalleled reach and control, it’s the Masamune of pitchers. (Please note; the production version will be made from the same lab glass as the rest of the line and have the matching BOMEX graphics.)

Ergonomic and Elegant
Ergonomic and Elegant
The cork-lined stainless steel laboratory clamp handle can be easily removed for convenience when washing
The cork-lined stainless steel laboratory clamp handle can be easily removed for convenience when washing
The diverse duties of the Decanter
The diverse duties of the Decanter

Cocktail Shaker

Cocktail Shaker in standard configuration
Cocktail Shaker in standard configuration

To create the Periodic TableWare Cocktail Shaker I used a thick walled filtering flask as the foundation piece. Added to this are a custom designed strainer, stirring rod, and shaking plug, all stainless steel. Two rubber plugs and a spout cap complete the set. Using this collection, one can shake, stir, and pour in two configurations; cocktail or shot. Included with every Cocktail Shaker are four 50ml shot glasses: Erlenmeyer Flask or Beaker style.

The Periodic Tableware Cocktail Shaker Strainer
The Periodic Tableware Cocktail Shaker Strainer
Cocktail Shaker in shot configuration with two mini beakers and two mini flasks
Cocktail Shaker in shot configuration with two mini beakers and two mini flasks

ADD-ONS

You've asked about add-ons and I'm great with that! If you have a custom set in mind, just tell me and and I'll put it together for you. International Shippers, the $85 fee is negotiable depending on where you live, so let me know if you want to see if we can get that lower.

To receive an Add-On, pledge the additional amount of the item (or items) to your tier. Once the campaign has ended, you’ll receive a survey where you can specify the Add-On you have chosen.

MODIFIED LABORATORY CLAMP: The adjustable cork-lined stainless steel laboratory clamp handle. $16 {no shipping & handling fee}

EXTRA TABLEWARE: Four rocks or highball glasses. Or two of each. $55 {$10 shipping & handling included} 

TIP: Add two of these to the WINE & COCKTAILS COLLECTION and you can get the entire "PERIODIC TABLE" for $400 (Keeping count, that's four Wine glasses, four Martini glasses, four Highball glasses, four Rocks glasses, the Decanter, and the Cocktail Shaker Set). And for your dedicated patronage I will include a set of eight letterpressed Periodic TableWare coasters and a Periodic TableWare Knit Beanie (Charcoal black with an embroidered Periodic TableWare Logo on the front). International Backers: Please add a flat $85 for international shipping or message me for a custom quote (notably, UK and the European Union fess are much less). 

THE "NOBEL PRIZE"

For the ultimate Periodic TableWare enthusiast I am introducing the NOBEL PRIZE ADD-ON. Simply put, if you contribute $600, you will receive eight Wine glasses, eight Martini glasses, eight Rocks glasses, eight Highball glasses, the Decanter, and the Cocktail Shaker Set. As a platinum level contributor you will also receive a set of eight letterpressed Periodic TableWare coasters, a Periodic TableWare Knit Beanie (Charcoal black with an embroidered Periodic TableWare Logo on the front), as well as two Inverto cocktail-wine glasses (Available only with Nobel Prize Add-On Package). International Backers: Please add a flat $85 for international shipping or message me for a custom quote (notably, UK and the European Union fess are much less).

The Inverto Wine-Cocktail Glass (only available to Nobel Prize level backers)
The Inverto Wine-Cocktail Glass (only available to Nobel Prize level backers)

Special Thanks to the media outlets that have featured Periodic TableWare!

"...it repurposes a unique, nostalgic form for use in a daily function that is both elegant and amusing."
"...it repurposes a unique, nostalgic form for use in a daily function that is both elegant and amusing."
"The beautifully-designed drinkware is made to look like iconic laboratory glass."
"The beautifully-designed drinkware is made to look like iconic laboratory glass."
"Although we’ve featured our fair share of drinkware over the years, the Periodic TableWare is one of the most unique approaches to the classic set that we have ever encountered."
"Although we’ve featured our fair share of drinkware over the years, the Periodic TableWare is one of the most unique approaches to the classic set that we have ever encountered."
"...the brilliant mind behind Periodic Tableware has taken that nostalgia, mixed in durability, functionality, and created a line of Tableware and Barware for those who think the buck doesn’t stop with what’s inside the glass."
"...the brilliant mind behind Periodic Tableware has taken that nostalgia, mixed in durability, functionality, and created a line of Tableware and Barware for those who think the buck doesn’t stop with what’s inside the glass."
"...it doesn't get much smarter."
"...it doesn't get much smarter."
"This is something we like!"
"This is something we like!"
The cool line of drinkware was designed to give you a different kind of drinking experience, and possibly motivate you to create better drinks/social experiments."
The cool line of drinkware was designed to give you a different kind of drinking experience, and possibly motivate you to create better drinks/social experiments."
"These are absolutely beautiful."
"These are absolutely beautiful."
"Geek homes everywhere need these! Starting with this geeky blogger."
"Geek homes everywhere need these! Starting with this geeky blogger."
"This is the perfect tableware for all you science nerds."
"This is the perfect tableware for all you science nerds."
"... so you’ll feel even more like a mixing mastermind when creating your drink concoctions for guests."
"... so you’ll feel even more like a mixing mastermind when creating your drink concoctions for guests."
"In years to come, I’ll regret paying my electric bill for one measly month instead of acquiring a mad science inspired shaker I could use for a lifetime."
"In years to come, I’ll regret paying my electric bill for one measly month instead of acquiring a mad science inspired shaker I could use for a lifetime."
"Marshall Jamshidi, the genius behind the project, has imagined an entire collection...expertly utilising flasks we haven't seen since our childhood.
"Marshall Jamshidi, the genius behind the project, has imagined an entire collection...expertly utilising flasks we haven't seen since our childhood.
" Can you imagine how fun it would be to host a mixology party featuring this collection?!"
" Can you imagine how fun it would be to host a mixology party featuring this collection?!"
"So what are you waiting for? Back this Kickstarter with ALL OF YOUR MONEY and start mixing drinks! For Science!"
"So what are you waiting for? Back this Kickstarter with ALL OF YOUR MONEY and start mixing drinks! For Science!"
"If you're a chemist in the kitchen, you might want to check out this line of laboratory-inspired drinking glasses."
"If you're a chemist in the kitchen, you might want to check out this line of laboratory-inspired drinking glasses."
"If you kept these out in the open, you’d look just as cool as Don Draper, with the added bonus of also looking ten times more intelligent."
"If you kept these out in the open, you’d look just as cool as Don Draper, with the added bonus of also looking ten times more intelligent."
"...they look gorgeous and already have us planning a mad scientist-themed cocktail party."
"...they look gorgeous and already have us planning a mad scientist-themed cocktail party."
"Science equipment and tableware seem like a natural pairing...I know at least one engineering Ph.D. who will probably be racing to put this set on her wedding registry."
"Science equipment and tableware seem like a natural pairing...I know at least one engineering Ph.D. who will probably be racing to put this set on her wedding registry."
"This set is one of the most innovative ideas in barware to come along in the last 20 years."
"This set is one of the most innovative ideas in barware to come along in the last 20 years."
"...a new line of revolutionary conventional lab-inspired drinkware."
"...a new line of revolutionary conventional lab-inspired drinkware."
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As this isn't just one product, but a line, the production challenges for this project vary with each glass.

Martini and Wine Glasses: These I am making myself from off-the-shelf laboratory glass and drinkware. They need to be cut, ground, possibly filled with fluid, and then fastened with ultraviolet adhesive. While I have figured out the basic processes through prototyping, going to production is an entirely different animal, but one I am very excited about. As the quantity to produce goes up, so will my ability to spend money on further automating the process. To do this I will draw upon over 10 years experience in manufacturing to create the machines and jigs to fabricate the glasses at production levels. The risks I face are production problems I really can't predict until I actually begin. But since I am running production and this will be my full time job should the project be successful, I will be dedicating every working hour to any problem solving needs as they arise.

Rocks & Highball Glass: The production of these will take custom molds and hot glass fabrication, which is outside of my experience or ability, and as such I am contracting an outside manufacturer to make these. I have already sent my designs and arranged prices with one in particular, and once I give them the go-ahead they can create the proof. Once that is done we can make any needed changes and then production can begin. The biggest risk here is the one which always occurs when relying on outside contractors…unforeseen delays I can't control. To mitigate this I have added 50% to the lead time given to me and calculated it into the delivery date.

Decanter & Cocktail Shaker: The challenges for the Decanter and Cocktail Shaker are a minor combination of the two above. While some parts will be made by outside contractors, others I will be making in-house. Still, these are relatively simple parts and I don't foresee any overly-significant problems. The biggest challenge here is making sure I can get the higher end glassware at the costs I figured, but really, that's my problem, not yours. All you need to worry about is what wonderful libations you are going to put into these vessels once they're delivered to your home.

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    PERIODIC TABLEWARE KNIT CAP: Wear your support with a cool Periodic tableware knit cap. Black with a white Periodic TableWare Logo embroidered on the front. {$6 shipping and handling included)

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    PERIODIC TABLEWARE COASTERS : Made from 35 pt. 100% recycled Barley Board coaster paper and letterpressed with the Periodic Tableware logo. Receive eight coasters. {$6 shipping & handling included}

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    COCKTAIL SHAKER SET: The Periodic TableWare Cocktail Shaker with accessories for both the classic pour and shot pour configurations. Included with every Shaker are 4 mini laboratory shot glasses (The mini Erlenmeyer flasks, mini beakers, or two of each) {$25.50 shipping & handling included}

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    TABLEWARE COLLECTION: Periodic TableWare isn't just for alcoholic beverages. Receive eight Rocks OR Highball glasses for setting the table and everyday use. Perfect for those families with budding scientists. {$35 shipping & handling included}

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    WINE ENTHUSIAST: You enjoy the finer things...but aren't always the most conventional while doing it. The Periodic TableWare Decanter and four Wine Glasses. {$35 shipping & handling included}

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    MIXOLOGY COLLECTION: Make a statement at your next imbibing session. The Periodic TableWare cocktail shaker set and four Martini glasses. {$35 shipping & handling included}

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    WINE & COCKTAILS COLLECTION: Every stemmed glass and serving vessel. The Periodic TableWare Decanter, four Wine glasses, the Cocktail Shaker set, and four Martini glasses. {$55 shipping & handling included}

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