The number of different iPhone cases available these days is enough to make your head spin – everything from brass knuckles to faux cameras to bullet-proof cases to a frozen Han Solo – but for sheer style and grace, these cases from EXOvault put the rest of them to shame.
The steampunk styling of the EXO15 Brass Hardwood case is a thing of beauty – functional art, if you will. The face and back are made from the striking, yet strong, wood of the pau ferro tree (also known as Brazilian ironwood), and the ends are capped with finely machined brass and held together by four stainless steel screws.
What really sets EXOvault cases apart is the artistic philosophy behind them, as the company is not your typical manufacturer of mass-produced consumer items:
“EXOvault cases are a low-volume product, machined and finished by hand in Brooklyn. We take the utmost care in crafting each case. As an artist-run company; we provide the kind of low volume, high-quality product that can appeal to a small and specific part of the population – like you. We were irritated by so many high-volume, mass-produced products that must lose their individuality and integrity in order to appeal to an increasingly wide and thus inherently bland demographic. Working from our backgrounds as sculptors we do everything a bit different and all of it in-house.” – EXOvault
The cases are available in aluminum and brass versions, as well as a phenolic resin composite, from $85 to $300. See the full line of iPhone cases (and an aluminum iPad case and stand) at EXOvault.