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Miami startup launches Kickstarter for sleek iPhone case

Lester Mapp“As a designer, I have a lot of respect for the iPhone’s appearance. I don’t think its brilliant design should be compromised by a cheap looking, bulky case,” says designed by m founder and CEO Lester Mapp, pictured at left.  

Designed by m AL13 aerial viewSo what did Mapp do? He  designed the AL13, an ultra-thin iPhone bumper that he says protects without compromising the style. It’s made from lightweight aerospace aluminum and has a sleek, premium finish (black, silver or red) that blends seamlessly with the iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.

On Thursday, Mapp and his  team launched the AL13 on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website. Click here to visit the project page.

Based in Miami, designed by m opened for business in November and plans designs for the smartphone, auto and gadget markets, Mapp says.