Saturday, March 26, 2011

Introducing The Four Seasons Flatware



Well, here it is..my concept for revolutionizing flatware! Interchangeable handles. The above drawing is the rendering I submitted with my provisional patent application. The handle designs were created to provide potential manufacturers with an example of different looks.

The key point of this product is to give consumers the option of changing the style/color/theme of their tabletop by changing their utensil handles with just one set of flatware. The potential varieties are endless. For example, a rainbow collection with 4 different colors would be a fun design. Or, a holiday collection is another great idea. The handles can be made of industry standard stainless steel or other durable and washable acrylics such as resin,nylon etc.

Now that the provisional patent has been filed, I can present the concept to manufacturers to find out what they think and advise if the concept is cost prohibitive.

The provisional patent was important for three reasons:

1) It prevents anyone from stealing the idea.
2) It assures manufacturers that the idea is an original(patent infringement) and is not already in the market.
3) Finally, it allows a full year from the date of filing to sample the marketplace to determine if your product/concept has potential(demand,production costs,sustainability).

Marketing spiel(at least for now)-

With Four Seasons Flatware, you can decorate your table with four different seasonal styles of flatware with this one set.

  • 18/10 stainless steel
  • Machine washable
  • Rust/Corrosion resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Water tight seal helical method connecting mechanism
This is a cost saving solution that eliminates the need to purchase four separate sets of flatware. As a result you save time, money and space. Each set includes four five piece place settings and the interchangeable handles for each utensil piece (80 handles in total).


(Illustrations by Shane Burke)

31 comments:

The Sewing Loft said...

What a fantastic idea! Good luck in getting this going. Thanks for sharing.

Barb

The enchanted home said...

Pure genius!!!!! Please keep us posted because I can tell you I would be one of your first customers..I at first thought it was something already for sale and my eye quickly canvased the page looking for a link to go buy it...yes I think the idea is THAT good! Congrats..and please keep us posted, brilliant!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Brilliant idea! I would stand in line to get this flatware. Kudos to you!
Yvonne

vignette design said...

Brilliant! Genius! Why didn't I think of that!? haha!
Need an investor? I say go for it Julio--this idea really is original and I think it will be incredibly successful for you! ~Delores

Entertaining Women said...

Sign me up for the prototype group! I'll want a service for 24 when it's on the market. I can already envision a plethora of handle options. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I have designed several sets of ceramic handles flatware by commission...You've taken the concept to an art form! Cherry Kay

Janie's World said...

You are a genius! I genius, I tell you!!! I love this idea. Great for changing it up and saving space. I think it will be incredibly successful!

Rettabug said...

Hi Julio!!

What a wonderfully innovative idea! I get so tired of rotating just the few sets that I have. This would add a whole new dimension to my tables!! Genius!

DH has difficulty using his Rt. hand, due to an injury & arthritis. He can't close it very much, so I have large handled gripped utensils for him to use at home. After many washings, the large grips just slide off & I've often thought of just using them OVER my current everyday silverware. This concept of yours is very similar in nature.

Go for it! I wish you much luck!

Hugs,
Rett

p.s. I'm finally catching up on everyone after my limited wi-fi while away on vacation. Come see the pretty house we stayed in!!!

xinex said...

Very interesting and innovative. What a clever idea!..Christine

Bill said...

What a clever man you are, Julio! I love this concept, and your drawings are beautiful. Obviously you've benefited from expert legal counsel. Here's hoping a company with excellent production values, a brilliant marketing department, and broad distribution channels makes your design a reality!

Cheers my friend!
Bill

Maureen said...

A very clever idea that is very useful and cost effective. I think you will do very good with this concept.Good luck to you!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Julio!

This is amazing. I thnk it's a brilliant idea. Keep us posted on how this goes because I think it is a perfect solution for entertaining. Who wouldn't want to use that darling flatware??? All the best with this...

XO,

Sheila :-)

A Toile Tale said...

You must do this! I love it! You know that every poster from Tablescape Thursday would be lined up to own this!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

The Tablescaper said...

Great concept! Hope you can make a go of it.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

OOh i hope this works.. I can also see selling the handles separately as in special occasion collections. I wish you well on this endeavor! It's highly workable and you've already got a great following!

Website design Dallas  said...

Lovely concept. Please continue on making such great stuff and enlighten us always because I love to drop by again.

Alycia Nichols said...

What an absolutely FABULOUS concept! It makes so much sense!!! I love it! I wish you very good luck as you go forward with your brilliant idea!

Tess said...

This is a FABULOUS idea!!! I love the storage chest too! Your could even have different styles for different tastes-like traditional, contemporary, etc! Best of luck with this. Love it!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Julio, this would be wonderful! I love your handle designs, too. What a great idea! Can't wait to see it in production!

Phyllis said...

I just had to comment on your fantastic new approach to flatware.......LOVE it. Yes, this is a brilliant idea and one that I think people would love to buy. To carry it a step further, you could have different categories....The Four Seasons, The Vintage Collection, The Modern Collection, The Asian Collection, etc.....the sky is the limit here.....Good luck and I will buy from you.

jo said...

OMG OMG OMG Julio, are you kidding? this is so amazing, I am salivating. (not really, that would be so gross and not in keeping with the lady like image I try to project,)but it is fair to say I am so excited about this. The whole concept could go wild. I mean, you could have standard everyday stuff, then all the "posh" silverware, not to mention all the special limited edition features. A bit like "Mont Blanc Pens". Then you could do special country themes for different nations. Tourist stuff.....OMG...can you to tell I am excited about it? Count me in!!! If you need a distributor/salesperson for New Zealand or the UK (which is probably a better market)then I'm ya gal! Feel VERY free to send me some on approval....lol

Bloody excellent idea!!

Jo

Natalie said...

Very nicely done, good luck Julio

Anonymous said...

Love the concept. So practical and yet elegant at the same time. Can't wait to purchase a set.
Leslie

lesinsac@netscape.net

Angelica Garduno said...

I think it's a great idea, and you've presented it in an elegant and tasteful setting. Good luck and congrats!

Tommy said...

Four Seasons Flatware, GENIUS!!! Let me know when you can purchase them. I'll start making out my gift list. Let's see I'll need 8 just for a start.
Tommy

Kerry said...

Julio. This is a fantastic idea! Four Season's Flatware would be a brilliant, elegant and practical addition to anyone's home! Good luck on your endeavours. I cannot wait until the
product is available for purchase; make sure to keep me posted! Good luck!

Designs By Pinky said...

PLEASE, let us know when this is available for sale!!! I would be first in line....cause I know there will be a LOOOONG line:):) Pinky

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Just visiting this post for the first time (here from BNOTP)--what a find your blog is!! So happy to have found you! Not only is the flatware concept a fabulous one, but the designs are perfect, as is the accompanying case. I'd love an update on where you are on it now. My best wishes for its complete success! I hope I can find a way to follow you. ~Zuni

Anonymous said...

Bright idea! Keep us posted I will buy it immediately. Good luck. C.

Anonymous said...

I have always loved and admired your design ideas and this is at the top of the list. I hope to find this on the market soon.

Karen T. said...

What a brilliant idea! I would definitely by it!

Karen T.

Anonymous said...

I had a dream with this idea 6 or 7 years ago. Never acted on it. The idea just came back to my head and I just googled to see if it was already out there. Shows the early bird gets the worm. I wish you much success. I think it's a brilliant idea (cause I had the same idea also!!!)