About this project
“I really enjoy my iPhone skin. I set it down on a table in front of me, and the conversation changes: ‘Where did you get that? Is it wood?’ The greatest comment I got was from an avid Droid user: ‘I never wanted an iPhone, but that skin makes it look and feel like a work of art. Now I want an iPhone just so I can have that skin.” —Kristan, a happy iPhone 4 skin owner
•If you pledge for a skin for a new iPhone but don't like what is announced by Apple, you will have the opportunity to switch your reward to a skin for your current iPhone 4/4S.
•In response to requests, we have added iPhone 4/4S skins to the rewards. You can now support our project even if you don't plan to get the new phone. Please see the FAQ for more details.
Who We Are
FurnLab is a team of Denver-based product designers that's focused on local production (made in the USA). Jeffrey Matthias, FurnLab founder, is heading up this project, and Robyn Meier of I've Got Wood is joining us to lend her sense of style to our designs.
To create our iPhone skins, we use a laser cutter to cut and etch custom designs into a walnut wood veneer that’s backed with 3M peel-and-stick adhesive. The wood is lightly finished to give it some water resistance, and the adhesive allows for easy, residue-free removal. Our product is different from other real wood skins on the market because, unlike others, ours wraps the sides and corners of the phone to provide added protection from scratches. And because we can take any image of your choosing and turn it into a work of art, you're walking away with a truly unique product.
We’ve been producing iPhone 4/4S skins for about five months and we'd love to gear up for a quick release of skins for the new iPhone as soon as it's released. While we have our design process down, kicking off production has a few costs involved, such as purchasing bulk materials and paying for production time on a laser, and that’s where we need your help.
What’s In It For You?
As a backer, you’ll receive a real walnut wood skin for the new iPhone. You can choose to pledge for a classic blank skin or a custom engraved skin. If you choose the latter, you can choose one of our existing designs or send us an image of your choosing.
Our original iPhone 4/4S skin was developed as a low-level reward for a different Kickstarter project that was never launched. We got such positive feedback from everyone who saw the skins that we turned them into a product of their own.
While specs for the new iPhone have yet to be released, the skin will be a variation of one that we already produce. Information that’s been leaked about the new iPhone suggests that the form is very similar to the 4/4S, though it may be larger.
We are exploring the use additional kinds of wood, but so far we’ve had the best results—by far—with the walnut.
The new iPhone is rumored to be announced Sept. 12, and its release date is rumored to be Sept. 21. On release day, we’ll have a phone in hand to reverse-engineer the design and adapt our current skins to fit the new body design. Guaranteeing a perfect fit may take up to two days, and then we’ll ramp up production on the laser cutter.
Early Bird skins will ship within five business days of the phone’s release date. We have limited the Early Bird rewards to keep our production and delivery schedule realistic. For those who don’t get an Early Bird slot, we’ll produce your skins by order of pledge date once we have completed the Early Bird skins.
Please note that if the project funds, we will immediately start contacting our backers to collect images for custom work where applicable. Delivery of those skins will be dependent on timely receipt of the images.
If we hit $4000 in funding, we will release the iPhone 4/4S skin design as open source; if we hit $15,000, we will release the new iPhone skin design as open source.
The Early Bird skins are the ones guaranteed to be shipped within the first 5 days of the phones release. We have production limitations and can't guarantee that every skin can ship so we created the Early Bird rewards and limited them to guarantee the shipping. The regular, or non-Early Bird, skins will start shipping immediately after we get the Early Birds out the door.
We work with several graphics packages and can open just about anything under the sun. This means, .jpeg/.jpg, .gif, .pdf, .svg, .ai, .psd, .png, .dxf, .dwg, .tiff, and more. If you are concerned about your image, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to work with you.
Yes. If you want more than one Basic skin sent to the same address, add $20 for each additional skin. If you want more than one Custom skin, with the SAME design and shipped to the same address, add $30. Also, if you are getting a Custom skin, it's ok to add $20 to also receive a Basic skin.
Please make sure to send us a message so that we can make sure to track your pledge.
• Pledges won't get their skins until after the project closes (Sept 12)
• The kit available here includes the front (optional on our site) but also includes the shipping (a $2 savings in the US)
• Our iPhone 4/4S skins are currently not available internationally on our site, but are available here.
• Skins sold on our site do not help our kickstarter funding goals and will not get recognition on our site.
• Robyn Meier's skin designs are not available on the 4/4S skins ordered through our site. They may be down the road, but definitely not before the rewards ship from this project.
The wood is backed with 3M peel and stick adhesive. They remove cleanly (often the fronts and backs can even be reapplied!) and will not damage your phone in any way. Occasionally, on removal, the sides leave a little bit of adhesive. It is easily removed with a quick rub of the finger tip.
We can't and don't claim to. But, we know that we can create a protective wood skin for the new phone, no matter what the shape turns out to be. Also, if the leaked photos of the new phone are, in fact, actual prototypes, the shape of the upcoming phone will be very similar to the 4/4S skin that we have now, though a bit larger.
Unlike the big case manufacturers that have to create tooling ahead of their production runs, using a laser allows us to start production immediately after finishing the design. This is how we will be able to ship the first skins within 5 days of the new phone's release.
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