grove + mapleXO: skateboard iPhone 4 case grove + mapleXO: skateboard iPhone 4 case
mar 09, 2011

grove + mapleXO: skateboard iPhone 4 case

‘skateboard iPhone 4 case’ by grove and mapleXO

a 50-piece limited edition series, the ‘grove + mapleXO skateboard iPhone 4 cases‘ are created from old skateboard decks.

the line is a collaboration that artisan case creators grove undertook with lindsay jo holmes’s mapleXO, which repurposes skateboards for jewelry and accessories. the year-long project involved the slicing and sanding of 300 skateboards into layered strips, which were then hand-selected for colour coordination and glued together to form individual blocks from which the iPhone cases could be cut.

the cases themselves are packaged in bamboo boxes with the layered skateboard panels inset into their ends.

top view

the line is a limited edition series of 50 pieces

of the fifty iPhone cases, five remain unclaimed and are currently being auctioned off on eBay.

the cases are packaged in bamboo boxes inset with layers of skateboard wood

closer view of the case

stacked cases

each piece is composed of a block of wood that has been formed from sliced and glued skateboard decks

some of the 300 skateboards used in the creation of the series

left: a broken skateboard reveals layers of colour right: a block of glued deck slices

left: strips of wood from the skateboards are handselected into combinations to form a block out of which the phone can be cut right: cases in some of their final steps of production

a block, already cut, being drilled into form

pieces cut but unseparated

grove craftsmen assemble the cases

  • What an amazing idea! Old skateboards are no longer waste…Fantastic!

    BB says:
  • Makes me want to go focus some decks on a handrail to add to the supply pile

    mstndvn says:
  • you want to focus a your deck on a handrail? that is very specific- Also would your balls not eat it if you broke it on a handrail?

    Atom says:
  • looks like a haroshi knockoff.
    [url=http://haroshi.com] haroshi.com [/url]

    boy says:
  • Haroshi makes fascinating sculpture, the technique may be similar, but these iphone 4 cases and other products made from used decks focus on recycling and functionality.

    Here are some other products that laminate used skateboards. Are they all Haroshi knockoffs?

    -shoes-
    Kris Lovett designs gorgeous shoes from decks and says “By taking a movement-based leisure product mainly utilized by males, a creative method of reuse is reapplied to a movement-based market for Eco-conscious women.”
    I’d love to get a pair of Kris’s sandals (http://www.krislovett.com/2008/08/reply.html)- ty with the gorgeous heels made from skate board decks-that’s probably the closest I’ll get to being “on a skateboard” without breaking my neck

    -Twenty other functional things made from recycled decks:
    including watches, handbags, earrings-
    http://greenupgrader.com/4100/20-amazing-things-made-from-skateboards/

    -Not laminated but cut into tile-
    -Wall Tile from Art of Board’s tiles made from recycled skateboards-here’s a cool blog about it:
    http://patcfield.blogspot.com/2011/02/so-ok-its-been-written-about-before.html?spref=tw
    They are available at Hunt Valley Tile and Stone.

    common denominator between Haroshi’s art and the functional items is that the are all made from an overabundance of a cool material, and that’s a good thing

    ModCraft says:
  • I love your skateboard edition

    Sarena Ross says:

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