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A unique solution to the standard coaster that combines the beauty of letterpress with the sleekness of aluminum.
A unique solution to the standard coaster that combines the beauty of letterpress with the sleekness of aluminum.
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55 backers pledged $4,604 to help bring this project to life.

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We started with the simple idea that things should last, and look beautiful doing it.

As furniture designers and builders developing our first series, we fully endorse investing in well-made things that function beautifully and look great. In this case we just couldn't find anything that did – so we did what we do and started making our own.

Prototyping is complete. We are now seeking funds to start production runs and further streamline our manufacturing process. Any extra dough we raise will help us purchase bigger, better machines to make bigger and better things in the future. (Like the small tables in some of the pics ...shhh). We post progress and process on our facebook page too, so don't forget to give that a look-see.

Process and Design

MetalPress Coasters are made locally in Phoenix, AZ from 1/8" solid aluminum and take advantage of a unique etching process that results in a highly detailed, embossed metal surface. Final coasters are 3.5" in diameter. Not too big, but not too small.

Black paint is then applied below the surface on which your glass sits. This prevents damage to your new favorite coaster and, more importantly, your favorite tumbler. The cork backs are non-slip and ensure your surfaces are safe. Frankly, we just love cork!

Coaster Base. A docking station of sorts – milled by hand in our shop from solid blocks of hardwood. Sanded until glass smooth, hand finished with danish oil and satin polyurethane. Each one gets a custom made aluminum inset that matches your new coasters and keychains as well.

Base milling operations
Base milling operations

Production. We already have relationships established with our local manufacturer and have produced limited, but successful, test runs. Now we just need to ramp it up to full production levels!

Backer Levels

Aluminum inserts for bases and keychains
Aluminum inserts for bases and keychains

Advantages 

• Made from aluminum and solid hardwood

• Will not stain from spilled liquids or condensation from glasses

• Will not bleed through or scratch your furniture’s surface

• Will never wear out or need to be replaced

• Gauranteed to make your friends jealous

Availability and Timing

All backer incentives will be delivered as fast as we can possibly crank them out. We expect to start shipping towards the end of January.

November: Campaign launches. 
December: Successful funding! Production of coasters and bases begins.
January: Production is completed. Packaging and shipment begins.
February: Estimated delivery to all backers.

Why Kickstarter Kickstarter has become the forum to share ideas with like minded people who appreciate the thought, craft, and time it takes to execute those ideas. There was never any question that we wanted to be a part of this community!

Risks and challenges

Coming from an advertising, web and graphic design background, we understand production deadlines, project coordination, and super pissed off clients all too well. Our combined knowledge of the pitfalls inherent in the creative and production process will help us avoid potential problems and solve unforeseen issues quickly.

Time management is our biggest challenge at this point. Delays in material delivery, machinery malfunctions, and the sheer amount of time & effort required to produce these finely crafted modern goods makes them a challenge. But, anything worth doing… right?!

From experience, we've found that having a working prototype is not enough. In order to deliver on time, we’ve already begun limited production, and will use the experience gained through this process to ensure timely delivery.

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! In order to be successful, we need your help getting the word out. Every little bit helps, so please feel free to share and repost.

Our sincerest gratitude for taking the time to view our project, and thanks in advance to all backers! We absolutely appreciate it!

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    INTERNATIONAL BACKERS! We are now offering international shipping to our friends who reside out of the country (USA). Please message us to get a fair shipping quote, add that to your selected backing level, and voila! Please let us know of any questions. Thanks again for your support!

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    Show your support for Mulldern and MetalPress coasters and rock a super bitchin’ keychain in return. Made from ⅛” aluminum, 1 3/8" diameter, using the same techniques as our coasters.

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    A full set of all 4 MetalPress coasters and that super bitchin' keychain we keep talking about.

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    Kickstarter Limited Edition Set.
    All 4 uniquely patterned MetalPress coasters. Available to early backers, at a reduced price and early delivery date no less, bearing the "kickstarter edition" permanent stamp.

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    Kickstarter Limited Edition Set. (UPDATED)
    All 4 uniquely patterned MetalPress coasters, and walnut base. Available to early backers, at a reduced price and early delivery date no less, bearing the "kickstarter edition" permanent stamp.
    All $75 backers will recieve a limited edition base, we just forgot to include that in our original backer level. Our bad...you're good though!

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    All 4 coasters complete with handsome, handcrafted walnut base. Just at the full "you just made our day by backing our project" price.

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    Dealer's Choice. Pledge $100 and get 1 full set of coasters, and you pick the wood species the base is made from. Match your existing furnishings, and get something special in the process.

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    Super Backer Custom Job! For really reaching deep – you get the full monty. 4 coasters of your choice, your choice of wood, and a custom aluminum inlay with your name, or slogan, or whatever! It's up to you. These may take a little longer, but you'll get exactly what you want!

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