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Bamboo iPhone cases made in Portland

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High Five
Monday, March 07, 2011

Portland-based Grove updates an old design aesthetic for the mobile age with their popular bamboo iPhone cases.

Grove brings tech precision and old-fashioned craftsmanship to an imperfect material: wood. It shaves honey-hued bamboo radically thin, carves exact curves, etches art with lasers and rubs on oil finishes with human hands.

Where was the last time you saw wood paneling embrace electronics? Your parents' rec room?

It's a story about a young, nimble company diving into a hyper-competitive industry where Apple products represent a gold rush for designers. In typical Portland fashion, the story involves two idealistic young men, no experience, lots of experimentation, one flop and a bunch of machinery they had no idea how to use.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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