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'Pinch’ is a gourmet salt cellar and pepper shaker set that brings the experience of adding 'a pinch of salt' to the dining table.

Pinch is officially funded, but there's still remaining rewards for backers...read on!

Help turn Pinch, a gourmet salt & pepper set, into a production product by pre-ordering from the limited first edition of 100.



Hello. My name is Craighton Berman and I'm an independent designer based in Chicago. Two of my greatest passions are food and design—and 'Pinch' is a product I created that combines the two.



The concept:



'Pinch’ is a ceramic salt cellar and pepper shaker set that brings the experience of adding 'a pinch of salt' to the dining table. Pinch is ideal for for sea salt or Kosher salt—which is loved by cooks for its ability to draw flavors out of foods. Typically a chef keeps a large vessel of salt—known as a cellar—next to the stove, and intuitively pinches portions for their works-in-progress. This direct interaction with the salt was the inspiration for the design of Pinch.


Pinch brings the salt cellar from the stovetop to the dining table. The bottom vessel holds a portion of sea salt, and the top sphere is a traditional pepper shaker, which acts as a cover for the cellar when not in use. The act of 'closing' Pinch results in the satisfying slide of two pieces of ceramic against each other--a viscerally pleasing interaction that is reminiscent of using a ceramic mortar and pestle.



The timeline:


I originally designed Pinch a few years ago, and exhibited a prototype for a competition hosted by Design Within Reach in Chicago. I also had the opportunity to exhibit Pinch in 'Handled With Care', an exhibition curated by Designboom during the London Design Festival—both of which resulted in a lot of positive attention and press. But a prototype is just a physical idea—I want to bring Pinch to life!



I recently redesigned Pinch, created new prototypes, and I'm now working with a Seattle-based ceramic artist to produce a limited-edition edition first production run. My goal is to start selling Pinch from my website as well as wholesale to gourmet boutiques and design shops, but I need to start small to get this project off the ground.


And this is where YOU come in.


By funding this project, you will have the opportunity to pre-order the first edition of Pinch, handmade in the USA, and limited to 100 pieces. For your support I will include bonus thank-you gifts for investing and believing in my project, which you can see to the right.


Thanks to you, by this time next year, Pinch will be available in design boutiques, gourmet food shops, and museum stores—and you’ll be able to say you Kickstarted the original.





More info at craightonberman.com




Music: Greg Davis - Curling Pond Woods

Original prototype photography: StudioThomas

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  • Pledge $1 or more
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    5 backers

    Your name listed in a hand-drawn thank you note posted in my blog at the end of the project.

  • Pledge $25 or more
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    10 backers

    Exclusive advance access to the second edition of Pinch—at 50% off the retail cost (estimated release date in late Q1 2011, limit of 1 order), as well as your name in a hand-drawn thank you note in my blog. I will email you a customized "certificate" that you can use to redeem this discount and you will also receive periodic updates on the progress via an exclusive email list.

  • Pledge $75 or more
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    89 backers Limited (2 left of 91)

    $75 IS EFFECTIVELY A PRE-ORDER of a first-edition Pinch salt & pepper set, plus a hand-selected portion of Sel Marin de Guerande French Grey Sea Salt & ground Tellicherry pepper to fill your new Pinch, as well as your name in a hand-drawn thank you note in my blog. This includes US-shipping. Please add $10 for international shipping. Will be shipped in early December 2010.

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    5 backers All gone!

    A hand-drawn thank you card. A custom selection of 5 gourmet salts personally selected by me from the Spice House, a spice-merchant in Chicago. (As well as the portion of Sel Marin de Guerande French Grey Sea Salt & ground Tellicherry pepper). A first-edition Pinch salt & pepper set. Exclusive advance access to the second edition of Pinch—at 50% off the retail cost (estimated release date in late Q1 2011, limit of 1 order). Your name in a hand-drawn thank you note in my blog. This includes US-shipping. Please add $15 for international shipping. Will be shipped in early December 2010.

Funding period

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