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Rusted iPhone 5 Case

By Bird-Electron 

The Shima iPhone 5 Cases (¥2,600Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
White Rabbit Express service fee and other costs not included.
), designed by artist Takeshi Shima, are covers for your iPhone inspired by found objects in old warehouses and weathered items from antique shops.

Yokohama-born Takashi Shima studied initially mechanical engineering at the Iwate University but dropped out to become a designer and an art director. Shima’s creations turn the über-minimal surfaces of the iPhone into battered, rusted homages to old machinery and run-down buildings.

For this series he used images of dark red iron oxide, a material which, in reality, is so corrosive and destructive it can eat through metal. The second case is designed to resemble black rust, which on the other hand, is protective and sealing. Perhaps the most striking design of this series is the Shima Meter case, depicting an antique meter display.

These designs are printed on ultra-hard polycarbonate, ironically providing excellent protection for your now battered looking iPhone 5.

Material: Polycarbonate
Base color: transparent
Print: UV inkjet
Finish: Print surface finish mat
Weight: About 16g
Thickness: 1.4mm
Compatible models: iPhone 5
Design: Shima Works / Bird Electronic
Image production: Takashi Shima

  • Available in select styles for iPhone 5 and 6

Contributed by Rene

Rene is a writer and trend researcher. Born to Japanese parents in Vienna, Austria, she studied fashion and industrial design in Vienna, working as a make-up assistant (where she learnt to decode the complex world of primers, foundations and powders) and briefly as a stylist. After a year under the scorching sun in rural Thailand, Rene finally arrived in Tokyo and spent seven years writing for design magazines and researching trends in youth culture and design. She is White Rabbit's expert on Japanese beauty goods, fashion, and design products.

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