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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
COOLEO is the World's first double layer bottle that not only keeps its contents chilled in a natural and sustainable way, but is also a beautiful jewel in the crown of any table setting.
Relax and enjoy your wine: You don’t need the fuss of ice buckets or repeat trips to the fridge – what better way to serve wine without disruption?
It is designed and engineered in Germany, it’s hand crafted from strong, thin, high-tech Borosilicate glass, which has outstanding clarity and scratch-resistant durability. The crisp, clean lines of crystal-clear Borosilicate glass presents the wine’s true colour, and even though it’s light in weight.
COOLEO is handmade by artisan glassblowers, the bottle’s elegant, multi-layered curves not only provide winemakers with the perfect vessel for their wine, but it also gives artists a unique place to showcase their art on both the inner or outer layers of the bottle.
The elegant design of the bottle will make it an experience to remember, it kicks off conversations, inspires ideas. Because the refreshing wine is there for you all the time, it leaves you relaxed and at peace of mind.
Our intention is been to create a bottle that is beautiful to behold, shows the wine at it’s best and keeps it’s chilled in a natural, clean and sustainable way. See it, feel it and touch it with your own hands. Experience the difference, the silky touch, the lightweight and the crystal clear surfaces.
We all love a story - and when it comes to the making of the world’s first vacuum-filled bottle, there is an interesting story to tell.
One day I was having dinner with friends and it stuck me how frustrating it was to keep getting up to put the wine back in the fridge. It seemed such a waste of effort, energy and my time, which could have been better spent at the table. Sure there are ice buckets: but this does nothing to show off the wine, and in the end is a waste of energy and materials and resources too. So I thought there must be an elegant solution to these problems.
Why can’t we have a bottle that is beautiful to behold, shows the wine at it’s best and keeps it’s chilled in a natural, clean and sustainable way? And so the journey began.
As our lives become increasingly high-tech and digital, it has been an amazing experience to pursue something so beautiful and functional. In a way we are trying to re-invent the bottle. What a great challenge and what an opportunity it has proved to be.
THE FUSION OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY
After years of extensive research, we worked with glassblowers, craft peoples, winemakers, engineers, technicians and designers, all bringing their wealth of skills and knowledge to the process. For me I have found it inspiring to get involved with these people and their art. Together we researched and chose the materials, re-discovered traditional methods. The amazing part of the process for me was taking the raw materials and watching them create something that never existed. It takes time to create the double-layered bottle by hand – but it’s worth it. Perfecting the structure and shape takes time, but the results is clearly show that the effort was worth it.
Both elegant and practical, the crystal clear Borosilicate glass showcases the distinctive colours of the wines. Borosilicate glass, sometimes known as Jenaer Glass or Borosil, forms both the inner and outer layer. High quality borosilicate glass is not only smooth to touch but crystal clear, ultra lightweight, durable, microwave and dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
THE SCIENCE AND THE PROCESS
The glass Vinolok stopper is designed to fit in the overall style. It makes a great alternative to the cork, because it can be repeatedly opened by one hand. It keeps the contents fresh without affecting the aroma or flavor.
Borosilicate glass was first created by Friedrich Schott, a German chemist and glass maker born in 1851. Borosilicate is formed when boron oxide is added to soda-lime glass. It is chemical and heat resistant, taste neutral, has a high light transmission coefficient and a high softening point, making it the ideal material to sculpture the Cooleo bottle. During the production the glass is melted up to a temperature of approximately 850°C.
The bottle’s unique and highly effective double layer glass includes a vacuum insulation that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks warm for much longer. It has been designed for automated filling in wineries, as well as every day use. The stem at the bottom, looks like a wine glass but it plays a clever and important role is bringing stability to the structure, so it is protected against vibrations during transportation.
So there you have it.
Consider the Cooleo bottle for dinner or summer parties, a wedding reception, corporate gatherings or other special occasions. The elegant design of the bottle will make it an experience to remember, it kicks off conversations, inspires ideas. Because the refreshing wine is there for you all the time, it leaves you relaxed and at peace of mind.
No Ice, no Drip, Never.
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
OUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS
COOLEO DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE
COOLEO DESIGN OPTIONS
ALL GLASS CLOSURE
We use Vinolok with our COOLEO bottle, so customers can open and close the bottle over and over again. It's easy to open and close with one hand only.
COOLEO Performance to keep wine fresh and chilled for longer
HOT WATER AND CHILLED WINE
The COOLEO bottle compared to a standard wine bottle, filmed with a flir- infra red camara.
When manufacturing the COOLEO bottle great skill is required to both form the elegant shape of the inner and outer, as well as creating a stable and durable connection between the top and bottom parts. Only very experienced glass blower artisan can master the skill and perfection that is needed to control the temperature and fluidity of the glass to connect and shape the COOLEO bottle. Many hundreds of samples have been produced before the final perfect COOLEO shape could be produced.
The handling of the bottle during the transportation, flushing and wine filling requires that the bottle can withstand both high vertical and horizontal pressures. The final sealing with the glass closure puts the bottle under high pressure.
Over the last three years we have worked both with German, Asian and Indian artisan glass maker who have a long tradition in complex and skillful glass product development. We have selected the manufactures who can offer both, the quality and the quantity that is required.
Our manufacturing partner in China after the first 3000 bottles were delivered successfully to COOLEO
We are consulting with leading automation companies who advise on quality process control and final checking of production tolerances. The complete manufacturing process for double layered bottles is innovative and has yet not been successfully been mastered. We have selected the most experienced and quality suppliers and manufactures for this project. Environmental issues are also considered during the development and manufacturing process. Waste materials are being recycled and are returned into the material cycle. Glass blower and workers conditions and benefits are important to us. The material used for the COOLEO bottle is high quality, taste neutral and scratch resistant glass. It is durable and offers a crystal clear and highly transparent appearance.
The glass can be colored in various shades and colors that enable the bottles to be individualised. The inner bottle is customised with screen printing the name and logo of the customers. These are applied during the manufacturing and assembly process. The printing is on the outside layer of the inside container and then protected by the outside container, so it is scratch and tamper proof and will last as long as the life of the bottle. We have developed a sophisticated quality control and measuring system to ensure consistent and high quality production. Every tolerance is measured before proceeding to the assembly stage. Workers self-check each part tolerances before continuing with the next process step.
To complete the development of the highly demanding and complex process we require your support.
BACK COOLEO AND BECOME PART OF OUR UNIQUE STORY
When the campaign is completed successfully, we will be in constant communication with you to update you on the projects progress. With your support, we will realise our dream to bring the COOLEO project to life and you will become one of the first people to enjoy COOLEO with us in 2019.
To make COOLEO viable and sustainable, we have so far invested private family capital and resources in a fix figure amount. We would kindly as for your support to achieve our target. The diagram below shows you how your money will be allocated.
Approximately a third of funds will be spend on the development of the production tools to improve the quality and accuracy during production. One quarter of funds are spend on labor, glass, electricity and gas to manufacture the COOLEO bottles. Any additional support will be used to speed up development, perfect quality control and increase production capacity.
We are a growing family business and we would want to remain independent from large corporates. This is important to maintain our unique creative processes and control the high quality we aspire to. We believe Kickstarter is a well-placed and proven start-up platform with a community of ‘early adopters’ who help support and enable new products. For innovative entrepreneurial businesses such as ourselves, we need your support to realise our vision. We highly value and appreciate the Kickstarter community and your role in supporting our innovation and development process and hope that together we can launch COOLEO. We are not on Kickstarter to make a margin or benefit personally in the development stage.
Please join us in bringing this project to life – we cannot succeed without your support!
BIG THANK YOU
To get to this point we had very strong support and help from many friends and close family. We could not have created COOLEO without them. In particular, a big thank you to Monika, Sebastian, Benjamin, Oliver, Chris, Richard, Jens and Mark.
Thank you for being there for us when we needed encouragement and free up time for our extensive travel to clients and suppliers.
We will be pleased to send you the COOLEO bottles to our home. The bottles including the glass closure are shipped without content, as it is not possible to offer wine on Kickstarter. Shipping, handling and other local charges (e.g. customs fees) vary from country to country. Please select your reward tier and see more information about the shipping details relevant to you. Please be aware that we can not, due to legal and tax regulation, declare any package as gift. We intend to ship to most countries globally. We are working with a logistic company to make shipping as simple as possible. Shipments that cannot be delivered due to an inaccurately provided address (including failure to update an old address) will incur additional costs to be reshipped. Due to the size of your rewards, we cannot ship to PO Boxes. Estimated Delivery: Once production is complete on orders, we will provide updates for delivery dates. We estimate delivery at the end of 2019.
We will be sharing each step of our development and production journey on social media including facebook, twitter, Instagram and MYCOOLEO.COM so you can follow us and keep up to date with our progress and news.
Again, thank you so much for helping us to bring this beautiful innovation in wine drinking to a global market. We can't wait to get you your one and only COOLEO for you to enjoy.
PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS
To support COOLEO, please help us by sharing ours and your own posts on social media, giving us your feedback and telling your friends and family about us and our Kickstarter campaign. We really appreciate your effort and time you spend with us.
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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT COOLEO
We are a product design studio in Germany. Our intention is been to create a bottle that is beautiful to behold, shows the wine at it’s best and keeps it’s chilled in a natural, clean and sustainable way. After extensive research, we worked with glassblowers, craft peoples, winemakers, engineers, technicians and designers, all bringing their wealth of skills and knowledge to the process. Together we researched and chose the materials, re-discovered traditional methods, taking the raw materials and create something that never existed.
Soohee Kim, CEO: Strategic direction and product design, Innovation and quality control
Oliver Conrad and Jens Suhr, Oliver Conrad Studio: Concept and detailed design of COOLEO No7. Support in prototyping and customer feedback
Richard van Breda, IS Engineering, Switzerland: Glass design engineering and manufacturing processes optimisation. Feasibility study and implementation to up-scale production
Andreas Walkenhorst, Tergau & Walkenhorst Legal Advisors, Advice on legal structure, patent protection and strategic options
Oliver Conrad (OLIVER CONRAD STUDIO, Germany)
OLIVER CONRAD STUDIO, named top 50 of German design companies is a successful product and design consultancy. Oliver Conrad’s designs’ unites, in a distinctive way, practical benefits and aesthetic demands. “The foundation of every concept is the inspiration around the product. Conrad creates realistic concepts and products for a successful market entry.” Oliver Conrad has received many awards for his design services, including the Interior Innovation Award, the red-dot design award and the Design Council recommendation. A number of prototypes in various shapes and forms were made by skilled artisan glassmakers and tested to withstand automated filling processes and handling by restaurants and wine lovers.
The full interview with Oliver Conrad (10 Minutes) can be viewed here (click on image):
The result of this development and prototype testing was a durable and timeless design, the original COOLEO. This product innovation was introduced to market with a limited edition of rosé and white wines by the monastery and winery Wasem, a small family run business in Ingelheim, Germany. The Riesling and Pinot Rosé wine in COOLEO bottles are sold through the Wasem on site store as well as through regional specialist wine stores.
We have successfully subscribed to the German KMU (Small business) patent program, which provided part funding for patent applications. We have applied for an international PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent and a number of design patents. The process was advised by legal advisors Tergau & Walkenhorst who are also advising on strategic options and the growth plan.
Andreas Walkenhorst (Tergau & Walkenhorst law firm) Andreas Walkenhorst, is founder Partner of Tergau & Walkenhorst. Andreas studied physics with focus on solid state physics and completed his study with a doctorate from the Technical University of Darmstadt.
We will now market the COOLEO product internationally via framework partners such as Vinolok or other bottle retailer and further ramp up production volume using experienced German machine manufacturers and bottle fabrication companies.
To further optimise the production process, we are working with a Swiss based Engineering company together with a leading German glass and automation manufacturing company.
To accelerate this process we would benefit from your support to develop the automation of production and production capabilities in order to take on orders of many interested wineries. We will also secure further patents in connection with the manufacturing processes and design optimisation.
Our company, founded in 2015, is based in Oberursel in Taunus, near Frankfurt am Main in Hessen, Germany, near the beautiful wine area of Rheingau.
The company’s founder and CEO Kim Soohee, is an experienced and qualified design professional, who worked and lived in London, Vienna and Seoul. She is supported by an experienced team of design and process engineers, glass experts, graphic and product designers, legal advisors and finance professionals. The development of COOLEO was funded by private family money.
WHAT IS COOLEO
COOLEO is a superior bottle packaging for the beverage industry, providing a double layered solution, which is elegant, sustainable and practicable and enabling clients to offer a distinctive and quality product.
In summary COOLEO offers:
Elegance: Our bottle makes wine appear hoover above the table
Uniqueness: Worlds first double layer wine bottle, Design - Made in Germany
Timeless design: It is exclusive and designed for double layer function
Functionality: Keeping chilled wine for longer, condensate free, reopen and close with innovative glass closure
Quality: Scratch free, ultra-light weight and taste neutral glass
Sustainability: Up-cycling and re-filling and using with Vinolok glass closure
Customised: Unique bottle design and graphics according to supporters and clients brand
Borosilicate glass being formed into COOLEO form
VINOLOK glass closure is an alternative to cork. It is a high quality glass closure made by Vinolok, part of the luxury brand Preciosa in Czech Republic. Due to its glass material and silicone seal, it has no impact on aroma or flavor and it is easy to open and close. We use Vinolok with our COOLEO bottle, so customers can open and close the bottle over and over again.
The Vinolok closure complements the design of the COOELO bottle and provides an elegant top. Just like our COOLEO bottle, Vinolok has great potential for customisation and design options, and is available in various colors and sizes. Vinolok supports us in the marketing of the COOLEO bottle.
COOLEO bottle with Vinolok closure in rosé, Vinolok is member of Preciosa Group
STATUS OF OUR BUSINESS
The business concept has been developed since 2014, and we used private family capital to design, patent, develop, prototype, further optimise and manufacture the pilots of the COOLEO bottles. In 2015 we engaged the renowned design Studio Oliver Conrad, who further developed the first commercial Design of COOLEO. This model was tested and further developed into a workable prototype. A first series of Riesling and Pinot Noir was launched in 2017, with an award winning winery, which has been run by the family Wasem since 1726. We are now in the process to machine manufacture the bottles.
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During pre-production, our prototypes as well as the first series of over 3000 bottles were tested by our engineering and manufacturing experts and further optimised to provide better stability during the filling and handling process. The first limited series of 3000 bottles was a great success and were marketed by our German winery.
We are now confident that our bottles are suitable for large volume handling and production.
LARGE VOLUME PRODUCTION:
Manufacturing and distributing a product in large volumes is challenging. We are working with experienced glass manufacturing companies that have the longstanding track record and expertise to develop the processes, controls and machines that are needed to deliver the quality and quantity that are required. We are confident, that we have lined up the necessary expertise and resources to deliver on the target date. We have been manufacturing over 3000 bottles with Asian and Indian specialist manufacturer and this was a great success.
Customers and clients loved the bottle and we secured many clients who have expressed interest to order large quantities for their wineyards. Large volume production of the COOLEO bottles is not an easy undertaking to develop, as the bottles are double layered. With the assistance of our German and Swiss engineering and glass experts we are confident, that we will design the manufacturing units that can deliver the quality and the volume our supporters require.
TIME AND QUALITY
We are confident that the timetable described is realistic and allows us to develop and manufacture the products by the deadline of 2019.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
We are in contact and discussion with a number of leading retail and distribution companies and other flagship wine estates with global distribution channels that would enable us to distribute our bottles through existing supply chain channels and without the need to invest in own stores, logistics or warehouses. We look forward to working with our supporters to grow our company and brand.
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COOLEO is the first double-layered bottle with a vacuum that keeps its contents chilled. Designed in Germany, it is hand crafted from stronger, thinner, high-tech Borosilicate glass, which in turn means outstanding clarity and scratch-free durability.
Made of distinctive engineered parts, each bottle is a genuine fusion of Art and Technology that perfects everything the bottle has to offer.
Includes a glass closure that not only looks the part, but means you can easily open and close the bottle, as many times without compromising the contents.
Be the first supporter who receives the timeless, multi-layered curves, handmade by artisan glassblowers and perfected by an artist. Every bottle is unique.
First Limited editions will become collectable, with beautiful shapes and contemporary art.
Includes the glass closure, that not only looks the part, but means you can easily open and close the bottle many times without compromising the contents.
Est. Retail Price is EUR 95,00 or USD 110,00
Delivery recorded mail
Exclusive Meeting with our Inventor and Founder
Support us and meet with our inventor and founder of Cooleo
You receive a Special Edition COOLEO bottle and meet with the inventor of Cooleo Soohee Kim. Available for one person. (Please note: Accommodation and travel is not included, although we will assist to organise it for you.)
Cooleo is the first double-layered bottle with a vacuum that keeps its contents tempered. Design, made in Germany, it’s hand crafted from stronger, thinner, high-tech Borosilicate glass, which in turn means outstanding clarity and scratch-free durability.
Made of distinctive engineered parts, each bottle is a genuine fusion that perfects everything the bottle has to offer.
Includes the glass closure, that not only looks the part, but means you can easily open and close the bottle many times without compromising the contents.
Support us and be invited to our Exclusive Launchparty
You receive a Special Edition COOLEO bottle and invitation to the COOLEO launch party for two person. (Please note: Accommodation and travel is not included, although we will assist to organise it for you.)