Although it’s rather a bizarre creation, it’s actually pretty unique. You can literally get a piece of Tokyo’s greenery in your pocket with this Shibaful iPhone case. It’s the first design in the world that uses electrostatic flocking and it’s also based on the lawn from Yoyogi Park located in central Tokyo. The name Shibaful translates to “full of lawn”, shibe meaning lawn.
The makers of this iPhone case, Ag Ltd., says, as quoted: “Regarding the technology, the case is made using electrostatic flocking. When the five different colored fiber particles are dropped from above, they form this kind of texture. There are all kinds of iPhone cases, but we think this is the first with a grassy texture. Also, it feels different when you stroke it and when you grip it. The green color is really fresh, and easy on the eyes too. Another part of the concept is that you’ll sometimes want to turn your iPhone over, and rest your eyes by simply looking at the green.
“The studio we work from, called co-lab Shibuya Atelier, is a shared office. We have shared access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and digital machines, so we can turn PC data into tangible objects. Here we can try all kinds of ideas quickly and cheaply, taking those ideas closer to commercial production. In Japan, there are lots of small businesses with all sorts of technologies. We’ve produced this iPhone case to express our goal of creating new, exciting things, by combining small businesses’ technology with our ideas and prototyping abilities. ”
This is a video of the designer being interviewed:
Well, it’s not really grass from Yoyogi Park, but it’s actually modeled on samples of that lawn to give you the delicate texture of the actual greenery.
At first, it was limited to just 100 of these iPhone cases but it was later released on a commercial scale throughout the world. The makers are planning on producing other lawn iPhone cases based on Hyde Park located in London and Central Park located in New York.