Grovemade Wooden Accessories

As a jaded IT hack, it’s not often my jaw drops but when I saw the sheer beauty of this desk arrangement, I had to put my dentures back in, metaphorically speaking. Grovemade handcraft truly stunning monitor stands, keyboard trays, iPad covers, iPhone cases and other desktop accoutrements. My desk doesn’t look anything like this, though I really want it to look like this.

Grovemade Desk Collection

 

The products are available in both maple and walnut, but I think the walnut really goes well with the brushed aluminium and the grain of the wood stands out that much better. There are some further cool touches with a little storage space underneath the keyboard.

Keyboard TrayAs you might imagine, these unique pieces aren’t cheap but they aren’t stratospherically expensive either. The monitor stand is $119, the keyboard tray is $79 and the pen cup is $39. Choosing carefully, these items could last a lifetime and provide a great deal more pleasure than a $5 plastic pen holder.

Walnut WatchAnd if you want wood on your wrist too, Grovemade are eschewing the trend to smart watches with a wooden twist on a traditional timepiece. It might be bucking the trend but at least it will still be compatible with your phone in 10 years time. With a choice of round or rectangular, light or dark, it’s on pre-order at $239 with delivery expected early in 2015.

Luxury Cases by Evutec

0001028_freed_iphone_5_cherry_wood_260Although the name might be new, Evutec have been around for over fifteen years, producing luxury cases for smartphones and tablets from leather and wood. Andy and Scott find out more about the cases and the creative process from David, one of Evutec’s designers.

Evutec have a wide range of cases for smartphones and tablets, including Apple, Samsung, Blackberry and Motorola devices. Offered in a luxury range of materials, particularly fine wood veneers and DuPont’s Aramid (aka Kevlar), these are high-end cases beautifully made. Prices seem to be in the $20-$50 range depending on material and size. Definitely a little bit more expensive, but this isn’t plastic pretending to be something it’s not.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Scott Ertz of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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