In one of the more meta examples of self-referential design, this Kickstarter project plans to make iPhone cases out of – get this – wood from Apple trees. Each skin is laser-cut and matte finished, less than 1 mm thick, and attaches to the back of an iPhone 4 or 4S with an adhesive sticker.
Project creator Robert Magno (one letter combination away from being even more meta-fruit-like) wanted to keep things simple, a very Apple-like stance, to be sure.
“These iPhone skins are made from real apple wood,” he says on his Kickstarter page. “Each skin is unique with its own distinct wood grain. They are laser cut and measured precisely to fit on the back of your phone.”
In addition, the iPhone skin will come packaged in chipboard and cardboard which can then be folded into a stand for your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, another little Apple-esque touch. He plans on making these skins on his own, with no outsourcing.
He will buy all the materials, then assemble and seal them by hand. Why? Because it just ends up looking better. “It is much more time consuming,” he writes, “but the end result is far superior than finishing my machine.”
So far, you can only become a backer of this project over at Kickstarter. If you pledge $5 or more, you can choose to get a cardboard stand for your own iPhone. Pledge $24 or more and you can get one of the first 10 skins already produced, while supplies last.
No word on final pricing, though this does seem to be more of a boutique process than a mass production run. If you want to check out more details, or even back the project yourself, head on over to the project page on Kickstarter.