By - May 18th, 2012

While iPad cases are no stranger to our pages, a time comes when a group of designers come in and completely change the rules of the game. And, to top it off, these two from FINEGRAIN are also full-time students. So what is so special about these cases? The Bowden and the Sheffield are two versions of an iPad case sturdy enough to take a beating, but sleek enough to fit in in the boardroom or classroom. Built using natural materials and a magnetic closure system, you won’t have to think twice about the safety of your beloved tablet.

Both cases feature an ultra-soft lining that also doubles as a screen cleaner as the tablet goes in and out of the case. In particular, the Bowden is milled from aircraft-grade aluminium and is bead-blasted and hard-anodized for a cool finish. On the other hand, the Sheffield is constructed with milled polycarbonate paired with 100% natural wood felt that – get ready for it – also includes a surface to be used as a dry-erase board. Pretty slick stuff. If you want to learn more about theses minimalist iPad cases or how you can get your hands on one, check out their Kickstarter page.

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