Made from a special paper formulation that is flame, water and tear resistant (wow!) Papernomad makes a range of cases for the iPad, iPhone and other less interesting devices. I prefer them as is but if you have some illustration talent, or even better your kids do, you can draw on your case resulting in a totally unique style. Take that mass produced ugliness!
I saw a small collection of SIWA bags in the Fine Arts Museum in Taipei recently and I loved the feel of the paper-like material, it felt soft and flexible. It looks just as you see above, like crumpled paper. Over time, depending on how you handle it, the look of the material will change with use.
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, this SIWA large cushioned case is a perfect for carrying a 13″ laptop and it’s provides padding for minor scrapes and bumps. Zipper opening and highly water resilient.
SIWA cushioned case
Mauro Bianucci’s Carga Bag collection has been celebrated as an “admiration for form and felt” that “speaks for itself. Made by the folding of a single piece of vegetable dyed cow hide, the Carga Sleeve Collection continues their tradition of bringing architecturally inspired design to personal goods through minimalistic aesthetic and understated luxury.
Simply put – these are both practical and incredibly beautiful.
I would love to experience the feel of this material. It looks fantastic and apparently like leather will exhibit a unique patina over time.
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Onao, the SIWA collection is a perfect marriage of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. The collection is produced using a planetary sounding material call Noaron, which is made from wood pulp and polyolefin using age-old Japanese paper manufacturing techniques. Soft to the touch and quite flexible, the material is also extremely durable, surprisingly strong (it has been tested up to 20 lbs), and water resistant.
Designed in Yamanashi Prefecture, a rural area near the beautiful Mount Fuji that has served as home to washi-making for generations. A friend just returned from the area and it truly is a peaceful and beautiful place.
SIWA Cushioned Laptop Sleeve
Hong Kong based designer Keith Ting has some nice work in his Etsy catalogue. This sleeve for your Macbook Pro is made from 2.5mm wool felt and features attractive brown leather with snap fastener closure. Keith thinks it can keep you stylish and fashionable while on the move with your laptop, something I certainly need help with.
There are increasing options in accessories made from my favourite materials of canvas, wool felt and leather. I see this as wonderful sign as many of these products are made by smaller companies or individuals who really care about their craft. Tom Bihn and a few others excluded, I increasingly associate synthetic materials with large impersonal companies who outsource their manufacturing to whichever production facility in China provides the safest deal. I prefer the smaller shops, especially when you can send off an email to the company and get a reply from someone who had a hand in making the product. Try doing that with Targus.
Charbonize Felt Macbook Pro Sleeve
Thank you Michael for sending this great product – “you need to see in person, touch, to fully appreciate”. McSocks are made from 100% organic wool from Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Co. in Montana by the Women of Verrettes, a co-operative in Haiti. The wool is very soft with subtle hand-dyed colours. The women are currently producing simple and beautiful covers for iPhone and iPod, 13″ MacBook and MacBook Air. A great product and cause.
McSock Sleeves for iPhone and MacBook
Designed by questionwhy and produced by Fair Trade producer groups in Nepal, Pocketgrey is a protective sleeve for laptops, perfect for keeping them scratch free. Handstitched from 100% natural wool, it opens out a contrast color workstation complete with mouse mat and writing space. If the beauty and utility of Pocketgrey aren’t enough you can feel good that your purchase helps provide work opportunities, skills training and fair wages to marginalised men and women in Nepal. Fantastic idea.
Pocketgrey Laptop Sleeve
At times it seems everyone is making bags for mobile devices. Designed by Sam Hecht the LaCie Coat is meant to cover 10.2″-17″ netbook/laptop screens and protect them from minor scrapes and bumps. It’s made with a double layer of Neoprene and a soft inside lining. The LaCie Coat comes with a zippered inside accessory pocket, perfect to store accessories or a power supply. This might make for a good sleeve in which to carry Apple’s soon to be shipping iPad.
Love the design and color. Hate the materials.
LaCie Coat. Via Design Milk.
Spooner and Watts’ polished black bridle envelope is suede lined with popper closure and is made to order with the option of a personalised monogram embossed blind or in silver foil. Understated and elegant, I cannot think of a better way to carry a Macbook Air. Only 20 editions are being made available.
Polished black bridle envelope by Spooner and Watts
Forget those plain patterned cloth and wrap your laptop in the handwoven luxury of tweed. This looks better than the suit jacket I used to own. This gray Herringbone Harris Tweed case fits your 15 inch laptop and features a Riri zipper with ring pull. Black canvas lining.
Harris Tweed 15″ Laptop Case
Laptop sleeves have long been your first line of defense against nicks, scratches and bumps. Many people today are looking beyond the practical and want to have well designed, beautiful sleeves in which to carry their laptop. Here is a selection of wonderful laptop sleeves that not only protect your investment but help you express your own personality and style.
A simple and clean sleeve with a modern looking twist on more traditional materials. Byrd & Belle represents the kind of work I appreciate – unique form, focused function, and great materials. This sleeve for the 13″ unibody Macbook Pro features a snug fit, a closure with a heavy duty graphite snap, and a body made from thick grey felted wool. Though not always practical, felted materials are by far my favourite for use in any bag.
Australian company Shuka has taken the manilla envelope concept, introduced with the MacBook Air, to a new level with it’s leather sleeve for the 15″ Unibody MacBook. Looks beautifully crafted and I love the contrast between the red latch and the leather body.
Simplicity seems to be the key word in bags lately. While I am unsure about the color, the modern space age styling and innovative fabrics make for a unique and attractive line of bags. Featuring water, dirt, and smell resistant NanoSphere fabric by Schoeller Textiles of Switzerland, the new Incase EO Collection includes messenger, duffel, and overnight bags. Add a laptop sleeve and their neat modular accessory pouches and you have all the bags you might need for casual travel.