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In a world filled with kitchen gadgets and gizmos, we saw one need waiting to be filled: a device to hold lids when cooking that also doubles as a display piece and trivet for serving. So, we created Trivae.

Visit us at Trivae.com once this Kickstarter campaign ends. Can't wait? Check us out now!


Meet Trivae

Trivae is made of durable cast metal and non-slip silicone pads that are heat-resistant up to 500° Fahrenheit. In the Z-shape, it is capable of holding up to 10 pounds of weight, while weighing in at just a fraction of that.

Not only does Trivae minimize clutter in the kitchen, it also lessens the risk of burns from hot lids, damage to surfaces, and the spread of germs. Want to hear more?

Trivae’s many functions:

The Z-shape boasts the perfect place to put hot lids while cooking. And unlike other lid holders, Trivae holds your lids in an inverted position keeping the condensation and food particles from cooking contained.

Its unique design is compatible with lids of any shape or size. The break in the rings accommodates any user's hand, with any type of lid handle, while leaving it within easy reach.

This means:

  • Both hands are free for cooking, stirring, and spicing your culinary creations
  • Less risk of burns to hands and countertops from contact with hot lids
  • Less of a mess to clean up after cooking

Trivae isn't just a safe place to rest your lids when you could use an extra hand. When your meal is ready to be served, fully collapse Trivae into a traditional trivet to protect your surfaces from any hot pot, pan, or dish.

This position is also perfect for compact storage in most standard kitchen cabinets and drawers.

In the fully expanded position, Trivae transforms into a dual trivet and can hold twice as many pots and pans or finished dishes. Just imagine a second dish next to that asparagus (we'd put one there, but then you wouldn't see Trivae!).

It also keeps large casseroles and other irregularly shaped dishes off of your surfaces. Here is a "before" image so you can see Trivae's functionality. We don't want to overtax your imagination, but picture a piping hot (and of course, extremely delicious) roasted turkey in this dish for the full effect!

The spine is ergonomically designed to arch away from dishes in order to minimize contact with hot surfaces and reduce heat transfer.

Easy to use:

  • Each button (located on either side of the spine) operates the ring closest to it
  • Push the buttons toward the center (the arrows point the way) and rotate the rings to the desired position until you hear a click
  • The rings lock into each position to ensure stability

Serve and Entertain in Style:

Trivae is visually appealing and perfect for presenting finished dishes in an elegant and unique way.

It's also quite useful in a restaurant or catering setting for elevating dishes--like a pizza!

 It's the perfect kitchen accessory (and gift) for:

  • Modern-day cooks
  • Aspiring & professional chefs
  • Stylish entertainers
  • Well, just about anyone really!

Who’s talking about Trivae (besides us, of course)?

Thanks to everyone who has featured Trivae and helped us to spread the word!

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Read reviews of Trivae on cnetDelish, Gadget Flow, and Yanko Design!

The Story

Svetlana and her sister, Ruslana, are avid cooks who love to experiment in the kitchen and entertain their family. One day, they finally got tired of dealing with a recurring problem in their cooking routine: the juggle of where to put the lid while stirring a pot or adding more ingredients. At first, they scoured stores in search of a device to solve this problem and were disappointed to find nothing useful. 

After many discussions between the sisters and Svetlana's best friend, Rebecca, they finally decided to make one. But nothing is ever really that easy! While working on the idea, they quickly realized that adding yet another tool to a space that is already cluttered with gadgets was solving one problem and creating another, a storage dilemma. So they set out to create a product that would not only be useful for holding lids but would also fold flat for storage and while they were at it, they added a few trivets to take the place of multiple tools. And that's how Trivae was born! 

While working with your friends isn't always easy, in some cases it can liven up the daily grind...

Friends are always there to laugh at you and point out your mistakes.
Friends are always there to laugh at you and point out your mistakes.


A Design Challenge

We explored several different designs and made numerous prototypes while working through each functional consideration. We wanted to make a product that was sturdy enough to support a lot of weight without sacrificing aesthetics. Our earlier efforts can be seen below in the first generation prototype on the right. As you can see, Trivae has traveled a long road.  

With the help of several designers and many hours spent scrutinizing CAD models, we've gone over every detail countless times. At each stage throughout the design process, we have made it a point to test Trivae's weight-bearing abilities and select materials suitable for the product's function, such as appropriate heat resistance. We've tweaked nearly every aspect of Trivae at least twice to ensure its durability (and enjoyed many summer BBQs in the process). 

After two grueling years of testing, modifying, and re-testing, Trivae's final design and prototype are complete. Let us just say, we couldn’t be happier with it! The end result is a simple and modern tool that can be used in the kitchen or on the dining table.

The Final Product

Though we tried our best to incorporate all changes during the prototyping stage, there will be a few slight differences between the prototype you see in the video and the final manufactured product. With these tweaks we strengthened the overall structure, made the curves more streamlined, and selected the most durable finish for the product's purpose. We know your imagination is getting quite a workout, but this is the last time (really!!). See the images below to visualize the differences.

This is our final prototype (unfinished) showing Trivae's updated shape along with a snapshot of a finish sample from our manufacturer showing what the actual metal finish will look like.
This is our final prototype (unfinished) showing Trivae's updated shape along with a snapshot of a finish sample from our manufacturer showing what the actual metal finish will look like.

 The finished product will look fantastic. We promise!

The Rewards!

We have a plethora of rewards for you to choose from! We've spent quite awhile trying to craft the rewards that we think you will like. However, if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, email us and we'll try to figure something out.

Now that you have seen all of the reward options, we wanted to help you better picture your kitchen's newest addition. Here is an up-close look at our metal plating options and silicone color guide to help you in your selection process.

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Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is the most reliable crowdfunding platform out there but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still risks involved. While nothing is absolutely certain, we can guarantee that we are a team of highly educated and motivated individuals who want to bring Trivae to you.

We've learned a lot in the past two years, so much so that we've recorded it all and plan on writing a guide to help other inventors with their projects! While bringing Trivae to this point has certainly been challenging at times, we see the light at the end of the tunnel and will continue to work tirelessly to make this product a reality!

We've waited to launch our campaign until we had the majority of the kinks related to production and other logistics ironed out. Any potential setbacks we might experience at this stage relate primarily to the manufacturing process. To reduce and combat these inherent risks we spent a lot of time, and did a lot of legwork, to carefully select our manufacturing and supplier relationships. We've also tried to be conservative in our delivery estimates to make sure we allow for any unexpected delays, as all projects can experience.

If we encounter issues that will affect you, you will be the first to know. We're not interested in hiding anything. Years on Wall Street have shown us just how important openness and honesty are as key values in a business. We're not miracle workers, but we're determined and tenacious, so you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to get Trivae into your kitchen (and ours!) as soon as possible. :)

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    Early bird special: Be one of the very first to claim Trivae in one of the limited edition colors of orange, green, or red that will initially be available only through Kickstarter. You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm...we mean, Trivae.

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    Want multiple Trivaes? Buy 2 Trivaes in classic black for $90. Want one (or both) in the limited edition colors of orange, red or green? Add $10 for each Trivae you want in color.

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    Want multiple Trivaes? Buy 4 Trivaes in classic black for $180. Want one (or all of them) in the limited edition colors of orange, red or green? Add $10 for each Trivae you want in color.

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    Want to feel extra special? You get to customize the colors and finish on your Trivae to make it unique, like you! Select your silicone color from orange, green, red or classic black AND metal finish from one of the ten exclusive plating options listed below.

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    Love Trivae and want to tell everyone? Claim yours from our pilot run - the very first, limited production run (100 in total and they will be numbered). You'll get your choice of the four silicone colors (orange, green, red or classic black) and one of ten metal plating options listed below. You'll also get to brag about it as the star of our social media networks for a day...and if that's not enough, you'll even get your very own Trivae t-shirt to boot! We just love showing off our backers.

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    Simply customizing your Trivae not enough? We'll let you FULLY customize yours! Choose any silicone color your heart desires (well, any color on the Pantone color wheel) and any of the metal plating options listed below plus gold or silver plating. On top of that, your Trivae will come from the pilot run which means it will be specially numbered so everyone knows yours was one of the first 100 ever made! Oh, and did we mention it will be engraved with your name?

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    You're a superstar! You get the very first Trivae EVER made, customized with all the options listed before. You'll also get to fly to Omaha or Washington D.C. (your choice) for an all-inclusive weekend with the founders. Enjoy the sights, sounds and amazing food with a couple of cool gals. It can be a weekend of fun, or we can help you with your personal project. :)

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