I Want That 05.09.13 / press /
STACT will be featured on the DIY network's 'I Want That' tv show on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 11PM (EST).
If you're not familiar with the show, 'I Want That' highlights the latest and hottest "must-haves", gadgets and gear for the home, whether it's new construction, a remodel or a retrofit.>Read more
The Ellen Show 05.07.13 / press / The Ellen Show /
STACT to be featured on the Ellen Show...
STACT coming to Canada's #1 daytime TV show 05.04.13 / press /
Tune in to CityLine on June 6, for our Canadian debut with interior design superstar Shai DeLuca. HGTV's Colin and Justin will also be making an appearance.>Read more
Show us your rack 04.17.13 / #NiceRack /
Hey sexy wine lovers,
Don't be shy, send us your best shot. It's time to bust out that rack and show it off!
Deer, you have a nice rack. ;)
John - Toronto, ON (1x5 panels, Walnut)
Jason - Chicago, IL (2x4 panels, Zebrano)
Chris - Vancouver, BC (1x6 panels, Walnut)
Coleman - Round Rock, TX (1x4 panels, Walnut)
David - Albequerque, NM (1x3 panels, Zebrano)
William - Vancouver, BC (3x6 panels, Zebrano)
Chris - Long Beach, CA (4x2 panels, Walnut)
Sarah & Toby - Tribeca, NY (3x3 panels, Zebrano)
Kapil - Richardson, TX (4x2 panels, Walnut)
Up close and personal. Zebrano looks sexiest when viewed from below. ;)
Select furnishings provided by Flüff Design & Decor
Pimp my wall 04.17.13 / Pimp my wall /
HGTV handyman superstar challenge winner, Jordan Macnab dropped by to help with our very first STACT Modular Wine Wall installation. If we can 'pimp' a sorry looking wall like this, imagine how this is going to look in your home! Oh, and can you tell we had a blast? ;)
Updates 04.10.13 /
May 15: Shipping update
95% of our international shipments have been delivered. If you live in Europe, Australia, or Asia and haven't received your order yet, you should be within the next couple days.
All of our North American orders which include lacquer panels are still on track to ship within the next 2 weeks. We expect the shipment to arrive into the Seattle port this Friday. From there it will depend on how long it takes to clear through US customs. US orders will ship first, from our warehouse in upstate Washington. Canadian orders will ship out a few days later, as they will be moved by truck from Washington to our Vancouver warehouse. This is so that we can avoid our Canadian customers incurring import duty fees.
We do currently have limited quantities on-hand on Walnut, Zebrano, and White Oak. We offer free next-day shipping within continental North America. Or flat rate discounted shipping through UPS to western Europe.
Apr 28: Rockin' wine collection
It’s the most amazing feeling of all to get to see and share how you are using STACT in your space. Don’t be shy, take a peek – we have started to post your photos, and from what we’ve seen so far, I must say some of you have quite a spectacular rack indeed. Keep 'em coming, we'd love to see yours! :)
Apr 1: Production update
For those of you who had selected piano lacquer finishes, We're pleased to report that the production of our lacquer panels is now complete. This means we are still on track to ship your order mid/late May!
Check out what our amazing customers are saying about STACT. We <3 you too!
Mar 15: Shipping update
We have shipped 99% of all pre-orders from our first shipment! :) So if you ordered any combination of the below colors (Walnut, Zebrano, White Oak, Gunmetal Gray) you should be seeing a shipping notice with UPS tracking # today. If you opted for local pick up, please keep your eye out for an email tomorrow with details on how to receive your order.
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please send us your comments to feedback@getSTACT.com. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
If your order included Electric Orange, Piano Black, or Pure White lacquer panels, we are still expecting to ship your order in mid-May.
Mar 12: Shipping first orders this week!
Thanks for your patience over the past few weeks as we worked through the logistics on our first shipment (consisting of Walnut, Zebrano, White Oak, and a few Gunmetal Gray). As mentioned on the last update, if your order consisted of any combination Walnut, Zebrano, or White Oak, your order will be amongst the first to ship. In addition the majority of the Gunmetal Gray orders will be fulfilled from this first shipment.
The shipment cleared customs a few days ago and will be arriving into our Ferndale, WA warehouse tomorrow. It will take 24 hours for the warehouse to sort, and receive the shipment into their system, so we expect to start frantically fulfilling US orders on Wednesday.
Canadian and International orders will be fulfilled from our Vancouver warehouse, so these orders should be processed towards the end of this week
If your order consisted of a combination of the above colors, and you have not received an email with your tracking number by next Tuesday, please feel free to email myorder@getSTACT.com for a status update.
This being our very first production run, we discovered that the lacquer panels require much more time to produce than the wood panels, due to an intensive multi-stage preparation and finishing process (something that I wish the factory had been able to tell me at the beginning so I could have set realistic expectations!). Our QC team is determined to ensure that the quality is brought up to level that matches the samples you see below. While I share your disappointment with the delay, I can assure you that your patience will be rewarded with a product that will be absolutely delighted with.
Our wood factory has advised that they expect to have the lacquer panels perfected at the end of this month. They will then take a 4 day trek across the country to undergo final QC, assembly and packaging, which will add another 5 days. Once they are packaged they will be sent to the port, where it can take 3-5 days to wait to be loaded into the next available shipping container, which will begin its 18 day journey across the ocean. Upon arrival into Seattle, it could take up to 5 days to clear customs, and destuffed from the container before its ready to be picked up and transported to our Ferndale, WA warehouse. So based on this, we are expecting to have shipped the balance of our Kickstarter orders by Mid-May. Please know that I am pushing relentlessly, if we can do better than this, we will certainly try our best to do so! :)
Mar 4: Up close and personal
Zebrano looks sexiest when viewed from below. ;)
Mar 2: Photo shoot in progress..
Our favorite design blog site has confirmed they'll be featuring STACT this month. In the meantime here's a sneak peek via Instagram.
Mar 1: First shipment has arrived!
Our first shipment, consisting of Walnut, Zebrano, White Oak, and a few limited edition Gunmetal Gray have arrived at the Seattle Port. By mid-week we'll be receiving these into our Ferndale, WA warehouse, where it will take 24 hours to receive the product into inventory. So are aiming to start shipping US and international orders by Mar 8th. Product will be moved across the border before shipping from our Canadian warehouse for Canadian orders (to save duty), so Canadian orders will start shipping out about 2-3 business days later.
If you ordered piano lacquer (Electric Orange/Pure White/Piano Black), I sincerely appreciate your patience as we perfect your panels. While I regret it's taking longer than hoped, I know that it will pay off when you are 100% delighted with the end result! If you have any questions please contact me at jamie@getSTACT.com, and I'll be sure to respond as soon as possible.
Feb 12: First installation! - time lapse
HGTV superstar handyman challenge winner, Jordan Macnab dropped by to help with our very first STACT Modular Wine Wall installation. If we can 'pimp' a sorry looking wall like this, imagine how this is going to look in your home! Oh, and can you tell we had a blast putting these up? ;)
We played with tons of arrangements. I can't wait to see what you do with your STACT system!
Stay tuned for more...
Feb 9: First look!
The first set of air shipped samples just arrived arrived from the factory. As mentioned, I'll be posting a full detailed update very soon, once I have received the packing list with confirmation of what has been loaded onto the boat (which is scheduled to leave this Monday).
In the meantime I couldn't wait to crack these open and snap some quick pics, to share a first look!
Front view of the packaging – Peeking out of the window in the front, you can tell there's a Zebra inside waiting to be set free. :)
Here is the instruction manual, and mounting aid.
These are a few of the panel color options. I'll be posting pictures of all seven on the next update.
Here's a close-up of the our most popular finish. The American Black Walnut turned out absolutely beautiful.
Panel rear view – Each panel ships with pre-assembled mounting anchors, and back plates. The anodized finish looks gorgeous. :)
Feb 2: STACT is packed
Here are the first batch of STACT units, packed in master cartons and ready to be sent to the port. Our team as been working around the clock, on final QC, and packing orders in time to catch a cargo ship early next week, before the ports close for Chinese New Year.
Here's a shot of the first packaged unit (showing the top/back). Note that we have changed over to nicer looking round clear stickers to seal the boxes.
Jan 17: Nice package
Here's a sneak peek of our product packaging, designed by the talented folks at Straydog, in Vancouver.
Love to hear what you think! :)
Jan 13: Manufacturing Update
I'm pleased to report that production is nearing completion. Within the about a week we'll have the last of the components completed (Yay!). From there they will be shipped to our packaging facility. We expect to have the packaged product loaded into a shipping container and on the ocean by early Feb. It will take about 3 weeks to cross the ocean, clear customs, and receive into our warehouse. So it should be safe to expect for your orders to start leaving our warehouse towards the later part of February.
With the improvements we made to the design, finish quality, and packaging, it has all added up to a higher cost and a longer production time than originally anticipated. I sincerely apologize for the delay, but can assure you that you'll find it well worth the wait.
We are trending to be out of stock on most colors well before we receive our second shipment in late April. So for those who are thinking about either making an order or upgrading your order, pre-ordering at this point will ensure that your order is filled from our first production run.
Dec 18: Manufacturing Update
As mentioned on the last update, I've been in China from Dec 8-15 to test for fit and finish, and approve the final samples.
Engineered for maximum wine bottle sturdiness.
The back plates were the final component to be fabricated. After a battery of testing we were able to engineer the rod bracket assembly for maximum strength and rigidity, by determining the optimal back plate thickness and hole spacing. (Note: these will be cleaned in an acid bath and anodized this week)
Next it was time to test for the *exact* hole size to ensure the proper fit for the rods–to ensure maximum rigidity, so even the slightest of bottles (the 2 7/8" diameter Bordeaux variety) are cradled securely in place. This is not as easy as it sounds. Trust me. It has been this aspect of the design that has tested my sanity the most (please don't ask me to elaborate!).
Measuring the for the optimal hole sizes for the rods requires accounting for the amount of paint that will enter the holes. This means that that the application of the paint will need to be precisely uniform. To achieve this, we will need to use a UV painting machine. Here's one of these bad boys pictured below.
Here is panel with fresh UV-painted base coat. (Note: since we will be painting all the lacquer panels at once, we won't have photos of all of the color panels until the production is complete. Though they will be sure to match the Pantone codes I specified)
Next it was time to test for the optimal hole sizes for the wood panels. The hole size will differ slightly since these will not require a base coat and therefore no overspray to account for inside the holes for these.
With that out of the way, soon it will be time to CNC the holes and apply the clear coat to these wood panels.
You may recall from a previous update, that we have simplified the installation process by creating mounting pins and a mounting aid will ensure the wall brackets are precisely spaced apart and perfectly parallel during installation.
The mounting pins are inserted into the keyholes, and then inserted through the mounting aid to fasten the wall brackets together so they can be screwed into the wall, perfectly spaced apart and parallel. (stay tuned, on the next update we'll be showing the mounting aid and instruction manual)
Do try this at home!
Now it was time to test out the installation method. Success! As anticipated, the mounting pins and mounting aid worked like a charm, ensuring the wall brackets were precisely the proper distance apart to allow the panels to fit perfectly into place. (Note: for testing purposes, here we are using bare MDF panels)
Next, it was 'all hands on deck' to prototype how the box will be engineered. The box will keep the components tight and secure, and ultra compact for easy shipping. Each STACT kit will then be packed in its own cardboard shipper to ensure safe travels. (Note: below is an a hand-made 'work in progress' prototype; prior to finalizing the CAD drawings, which are sent to the box factory for production)
Above is a teaser of our package design. Stay tuned for the full reveal on our next update. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and hope you will be too!
Yes, the question that's on everyone's minds. This trip was very productive, and I feel we achieved everything we needed to. If there's one thing I hope can be appreciated, it's that perfection takes time (and some love and tenderness). And in turn, I sincerely appreciate everyone's patience in this process. I myself was guilty earlier on of trying to push too hard to get this product into your deserving hands. As the saying goes, 'haste makes waste', which I can attest to.. to the tune of about $19,000 of waste (hence my losing my sanity comment above).
Now that we have the fit and finish tested and finalized, the panel holes will be cut via CNC machine. Currently the packaging is being produced so that our factory can then begin painting the lacquer panels, as the packaging will be needed to provide a safe resting place between coats (this is something that I became aware of during my visit to the wood factory, and unfortunately will add a couple weeks to our schedule). From there it's takes 3 weeks for the lacquer panel production. Then all the components are packaged and put onto a shipping container, which will take about 3 weeks to cross the ocean, clear customs, and receive into our warehouse. In light of this, our goal is to have your order leave our warehouse by mid Feb, though please factor in some buffer time for factors that could arise beyond our control.
Dec 2: Manufacturing Update
At this point our effort is focused on fit and finish. Within the next 24 hours our engineer and 2 helpers will have audited every single Aluminum part to ensure they pass QC. That's no small task!
Instead of air shipping the final samples, I will be in Asia from Dec 8 to 15 to visit the factories, and to test and approve the samples first-hand.
Most of the components have already been produced at this point. With the backplates for the rod assembly, and the panels being the final parts to be completed, this is to allow for any fine-tuning based on the ALU components testing to ensure proper fit, function and finish. The panels have been cut to size at this point, just waiting on the ALU testing to be completed, to ensure proper fit. Upon my final approval, the panel holes will be cut via CNC, veneered and lacquered. And the back plate holes will be cut, and then anodized.
From the time I give final approval we're looking at about 3 weeks to roll the panels and backplates out, package everything and then 2-3 days to hit the water to leave for North America. From there it’ll be about 3 weeks to cross the ocean, clear customs, and receive into our warehouse. So barring any unforeseen issues we’re still on track for our pre-orders to start shipping from our warehouse in Early Feb.
I'll be posting a detailed update with photos and video from the trip, upon my return. We have the final packaging complete, and will be posting images on the next update, as soon as we approve the final box construction and have final inner box dimensions.
Hope you are pleased with the progress. I myself find it quite surprising how much refinement is required in producing a product with such minimalistic design. We can't wait to get these in your hands and onto your walls, please know that 100% of my attention is on ensuring that the quality meets your highest expectations.
Nov 12: Manufacturing Update
Anodized to perfection
The Zebrano texture and color looks amazing, even better than we imagined. Note that the final production wood veneered panels, will be finished on the edges as well as the front (unlike the pre-production sample below). We had intended on showing you the Walnut and White Oak on this update, however please stay tuned for these, as we are working with our wood factory to ensure the finish is just as stunning as the Zebrano.
Below is an early white lacquer sample to give you sneak peek of how these will look, though it's important to note that the final Pure White lacquer will be a brighter white.
As you can see the wall brackets not only serve as the backbone of the STACT system, but they are the subtle highlight that appears between each panel.
Oct 30 Update: Hey Zebra, time to show your true stripes!
Many of you sexy wine lovers have asked for a closer look at our coveted exotic Zebrano wood finish.
Here is photo from the factory of a *pre-production* sample.. to show you what the zebra looks like. We plan on sharing more photos once set of each of the wood samples here in Vancouver in a few weeks. The painted take longer as it's a multi-stage process, so time is required for each coat of lacquer to cure before applying the next. Stay tuned...
So, what do you think?? Post your comment on our Facebook page, where you can also win a FREE STACT kit!
Oct 25 Update: 'Clockwork' Orange
Oct 18 Update: Color swatches
We are pleased to release photos from the factory of the actual wood veneer samples we’re using. Keep in mind that since wood is a natural product, the texture will vary to some degree. For the piano lacquer, we’re using Pantone 1655C, and 444C for the electric orange, and gunmetal gray respectively. Got a fav color, or planning on creating a killer color combination? Let us know by casting your vote, or sharing your ideas here. :)
Fast cars and nice racks. 04.06.13 / design /
Into fast cars and nice racks?
Well, you're not alone. Check out the new Hybrid Porsche Panamera, and the STACT Modular Wine Wall, both profiled in the latest issue of Russia's hottest lifestyle mag – Tracer.ru. Who says sexy design can't be smart. :)
"Even if the wine is crap, you can still nail the presentation with STACT...">Read more
Selectism: A Modern, Minimalist and Modular Rack System 03.29.13 / design / press /
"A modernist take on the wine rack, STACT is nothing short of beautiful and modern for any home or apartment.">Read more
Design Milk 03.25.13 / design / press /
"A modern and affordable solution to store your wine to avoid cluttering up your kitchen counters. The system makes it easy to add more as your collection grows. You can also mix and match the colors to create a really cool wall installation.">Read more
Launching on Kickstarter, as the first (and only) crowd-funded product
within the wine and spirits industry to break six-figures, caught the
attention of Wine & Spirits magazine. Check out our interview, and a roundup of some of the top wine-related Kickstarter projects.
Chilled Magazine: Store your wine like a boss 01.22.13 / like a boss / press /
Wine lover, looking for cool products? Find the STACT Modular Wine Wall on the magazine rack, in the May print issue of Chilled Magazine.>Read more
Germany's favorite wine gadget 01.12.13 / press /
Germany's leading web source for all things cool (Wanted.de) has compiled a list of the best wine gadgets. What a pleasure to see STACT #1 on their list. Wunderbar!>Read more
STACT tops the list of best wine rack designs in the UK 01.11.13 / best wine rack / design / press / UK /
STACT tops the list of best modern wine rack designs in the UK. Here's what UK's leading wine accessories e-tailer had to say about STACT: "Make your wine collection an expression of art and true beauty. A remarkable feature in any lounge, kitchen or living space and will stylishly show off your wine bottle collection."
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