May 10, 2010
We were lucky enough to be featured on Apartment Therapy on Friday. We really appreciate that they sent Molly Anderson out in person to find out what we are all about.
She wrote a very thoughtful article about what we do and also took some great pics of our product and headquarters.
You can see the laser in the back/right. To the left is the steel bridge. Also notice the bamboo plant from bamboo garden and the ever important porch swing. All we need to do is to photoshop in a blue Portland sky!
Bloggers/Press people- please contact us
if you want to write about us. We would love to talk to you about what GroveMade means to us. Thanks for taking the time Molly!
May 05, 2010
Thank you to everyone who came to our launch party this past Saturday! We had a wonderful turnout and a great time unveiling our inaugural product, the Grove iPhone case. We appreciate the enthusiasm that you all have for what we do and how we do it. Those feelings keep us going on our Grove journey.
People really enjoyed being able to touch, feel, and get up close to our cases. Only in person can you FEEL the natural qualities of our product. There is no way to substitute for a hand rubbed finish. No plastic!
This party was a good reminder that we as individuals are a product of our relationships and the inspiration and support they provide. Yay for people!
April 19, 2010
We recently had the pleasure of working with fashion photographer Quavondo on a photo series for Grove. Q focuses on fashion and celebrity photography. Shooting at the fabulous Bamboo Garden in North Plains, we had Quavondo take over with his artistic vision.
Special thanks to our model Lisa Kuhnhausen. Lisa is an interior designer with a great sense in fashion herself. Check out Quavondo below in action. He is not afraid to get in some spectacular poses himself to get the shot he wants!
What a fun day for the Grove team seeing a pro at work with his team and getting to enjoy a beautiful day playing in bamboo! Q was amazing to work with because of his ability to spontaneously react to the situation and create. See his work here. Thanks Q!
March 31, 2010
Ken recently represented Grove at AIGA Portland’s SHIFT: A Green Salon event. Ten presenters from various industries spoke about their ideas on sustainable design. The title of our presentation was “A journey in sustainable product and packaging design”.
Here is the transcript:
Ken Tomita: Hello. My name is Ken Tomita. I’m a furniture designer, and I’ve been doing this for about 5 years. Recently I started a new company called Grove with my business partner Joe Mansfield, but I’d like to talk about the new product.
First of all, how many of you have iPhones? Could you do a favor for me and take them out of your pockets and show them to me? If you look around my business partner and I noticed that there’s a void of natural materials. They’re often made of silicone, rubber, plastic, etc. So we saw that niche as an opportunity to make a new company specializing in sustainable electronic cases.
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