Note: 45 Nano Cases were limited edition and are now SOLD OUT.
Green designers Contexture Design have refreshed their line of iPod accessories with the release of their latest cases made from reclaimed audiocassettes. Originally launched in 2007 to fit first and second-generation nanos, the cases known as '45 nano' have been updated to fit the new fourth-generation iPod nano.
'45 nano' follows Contexture's sold-out limited-edition iPod cases know as '45', named after the typical playing speed of the 7-inch records from which they were custom-made.
"Mix tapes are the original playlists" says founding partner Nathan Lee. "Like a good playlist, mixed tapes are a true expression of musical taste."
One side of the cassette-cases has been hollowed out to fit fourth generation iPod nanos, shielded by a clear plastic window that includes openings for access to the music player's controls, headphone jack and charging dock.
The cases' flipside has been retained and looks like a 'vintage' cassette. For added cushioning, the cassette-cases include foam padding and come enclosed in their original, clear plastic cases.
According to Contexture's philosophy of using recycled and repurposed materials, '45nano' has been designed and constructed sustainably using reclaimed tapes and foam padding.
'45 nano' is available online for the sticker price of $45. To view 45 nano cases visit www.contexture.ca/45nano. To download print quality images visit www.contexture.ca/media. See below for product and company backgrounders.
Contexture is an award winning Vancouver-based multidisciplinary design firm with departments in product design, fabrication, and graphic art and design. The firm's two designers, Nathan Lee and Trevor Coghill, are graduates of UBC's Landscape Architecture program and have been working together since 2005. Their work emphasizes simple, elegant and sustainable design, and is often inspired by reclaimed materials with historical, cultural or environmental significance. Respect for materials and dedication to sustainable design has earned Contexture a reputation for intelligent, well-made products with the smallest possible footprint.
Contexture products include a line of wooden accessories featuring the 'Coffee Cuff', made from reclaimed architectural veneers, the 'Fly-Like-a-Hot-Dang' wood and paper glider, a 'Mapbook' and a line of wildlife-themed hanging mobiles including 'As the Crow Files', 'Redfish', and 'Pollen Nation', all made from found maps. Contexture has also introduced a line of 'Cutout Cards' that are made out of the laser-cut leftovers from their collection of hanging mobiles.
Contexture Design has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Spin, Plenty, Fashion Magazine, and the Globe and Mail, to name a few, and has appeared on CBC Radio and TV. Contexture has won numerous awards including 'Eco Designer of the Year' in the 2011 Western Living Design Awards , 'Ones to Watch' in the Western Living Designer of the Year Award in 2010, and the Design Exchange Award for Industrial Design in 2008 for their mobile, 'As the Crow Flies'. Additionally, Contexture has participated in design-related events such as IDSwest and the West Xprssd exhibit of emerging Western Canadian designers, and their work has been shown at the Museum of Vancouver and at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of the Toronto International Design Festival.
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