Gadget lovers face a daily dilemma: enjoy the sleek feel of their expensive tablets and phones while leaving them at risk of scratches and falls, or entomb their devices in protective cases that sacrifice the lightweight style that made them cool in the first place. What to do?
At hundreds of dollars a pop, it’s just silly to think that your iPad won’t eventually take a nosedive off your desk or have an unfortunate run-in with your keys. But a creative duo out of Provo, Utah, may have created a protective accessory that combines essential protection with our love of elegant design and low-impact materials.
Made by Levi and Eric of Fine Grain, the Bowden and Sheffield are minimalist iPad cases made from materials sourced from the team’s hometown, Provo. Both cases originate from the same design, with the only difference being the materials used. Each will fit both the iPad 2 and new iPad, while only adding 3/4 of an inch in thickness.
The Bowden is milled from aircraft-grade aluminum, bead-blasted and hard-anodized for a long-lasting finish, and your choice of hand finished leather. This is the same process that Apple uses to achieve the beautiful finish you find on Apple’s unibody Macbook Pro and iMac, so it will meld seamlessly with your devices original look.
The Sheffield (above) is made of milled polycarbonate with either hand finished cherry or walnut hardwood. The cover is precision cut from 100 percent natural wool felt, which is incredibly strong and also wicks away liquids. Perhaps one of the most intriguing features of the Sheffield is its ability to be used as a dry-erase board.
“We strive to make each product with locally produced materials. Most of the raw materials in both the Bowden and Sheffield are produced within 50 miles of our studio. All of our outsourced processes are performed locally as well,” writes the team. If you’re interested in wrapping one of these cool cases around your Apple device, give the campaign a boost on Kickstarter.