Luna Case for the iPhone 5

Face it, iPhone accessories are generally lame. This awesome concrete case is an exception.

Luna Case for the iPhone 5

Designed by Realize Studio and Posh-Craft, the case is made to look like the surface of the moon, complete with "craters."

Luna Case for the iPhone 5

The skin is cast in flexible concrete for durability, while making it easy to slide in and out of your pocket.

Luna Case for the iPhone 5

Because of the casting process, the designers say that each of the cases bear a unique pattern.

Luna Case for the iPhone 5

The Luna case is expected to go on sale at the end of the month.

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This Rad Concrete Skin Turns Your iPhone Into Moon Rock

The Luna Case for iPhone 5: a giant leap for novel iPhone accessories.

Excepting a few choice examples, novelty iPhone accessories are rarely a good idea. Really, I don’t understand the urge to gussy up a phone with gratuitous generic pop art. And unless it’s Halloween, and you have a fedora, jacket, and whip to go with it, a leather-bound "book" cover is not a good look. (Neither is dressing up as Indiana Jones.) Also, your phone is not an NES controller.

Still, I have to say that I’m a fan of this new concrete skin for the iPhone 5. A collaboration between Realize Studio and Posh-Craft, the Luna Case covers your iPhone in a layer of would-be moondust. As a lover of all things béton, I think it looks pretty awesome.

It’s also surprising. Though it looks incredibly rigid, the case is "cast" in flexible concrete, making it durable and pocket-friendly. It sticks to the back of the iPhone and sports a gridded series of dots positioned directly over where the Apple logo would normally be displayed. The texture is smooth, embellished with chalky imperfections and broken up by small circular depressions that, no doubt, create a nice texture to hold.

Better still: The scratchy, crater-riven concrete resembles the lunar surface. The patterns will vary from case to case, the designers write, so that each skin will have its own unique set of moon markings.

The designers have said elsewhere that they stumbled on the idea during a spring-cleaning session. Amid piles of papers, they found a printed scan of concrete that magnified the material’s entrancing otherworldly qualities. They made the immediate connection or "leap" to the moon, and set off on prototyping the design. It took many tries before getting it just right. The final product, on sale later this month, will have the "refined attraction and [be in] perfect harmony with the clean and modern look of the iPhone."

The Luna Case is expected to retail for $20.

[h/t Knstrct]

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  • Matthew Pike

    Now that is very cool. Really enjoying this blog, lots of interesting design ideas.

  • Joe Gutheinz

    I posted this story on my Facebook. I actually have my students hunt down missing moon rocks and owning a case like this might have special meaning to them.

    Joseph Gutheinz