Help Bring Bowden + Sheffield Minimalist iPad Cases (and more) to Market — a Kickstarter Project

Kickstarters Levi Price and Eric Rea are our kind of designers. When Price’ laptop bit the dust he decided to replace it with an iPad, but though he loved his new tablet (obviously), he was never satisfied with any of the cases that were available.

Price joined forces with Rea, and the two students founded the Fine Grain design company. With Kickstarter’s help, the pair plans to produce Minimalist iPad Cases, as well as a cleaning cloth with original artwork.

Fine Grain’s cases embody minimalism in the design sense of the word. Think clean lines, high quality wood and leather, and neutral tones. There’s nothing entry level or basic about these cases. If a standard iPad case is like a garage, Fine Grain products are like a Case Study house. The funding period ends soon, so don’t delay if you want to back this stylish line of iPad accessories.

Fine Grain plans to offer products at three price points:

The Palmer is the first case Fine Grain ever made. It’s a sleeve created from chrome-tanned leather that is hand-stitched.

The Bowden and Sheffield are both constructed from high quality materials. The Bowden features aircraft-grade aluminum which is bead-blasted and hard anodized (its the same process that Apple uses for the MacBook Pro and iMac), with a leather flap. The Sheffield begins with a polycarbonate shell (which doubles as a dry erase board!) that is kitted out with either cherry or walnut hardwood and finished with a heavy-duty felt flap.


Price and Rea’s company is committed to using locally sourced materials and labor. Most of the materials used in their line come from within 50 miles of their studio.

Fine Grain is also producing cleaning cloths that will fit snugly underneath the cover of their cases. Backers will vote to choose which original artwork will appear on the cleaning cloth. If your iPad is worth investing in a beautiful handcrafted case, surely you don’t plan to clean it with your shirttail, right?

Interested backers can pledge $15 for a cleaning cloth, $50 for a Palmer, $100 (early bird) for the Sheffield or $120 (early bird) for the Bowden. Ultimately the Sheffield and the Bowden will retail for $190, so Kickstarter backers can take advantage of some hefty discounts.

With only days left in the funding period, Levi and Eric still need to raise about $8500 before the project ends on May 23, 2012.

This post is part of our recurring PadGadget Kickstarter series. Find out how you can submit a Kickstarter project or get more info on this series by clicking here.

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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite