Around five years ago, Iceland-based designer Sruli Recht started suffering from neck cramps and migraines. After tracing the problem back to his posture in front of his laptop, he set about designing a simple stand that would elevate the screen to a more ergonomically-proper height. To keep his shoulders and arms at the correct level, he started using an external keyboard. And while we've seen laptop stands and folding laptop stands before, Recht wanted his to be as lightweight and portable as possible. After doing some materials research and experimentation, he came up with the Pillar, whose form was inspired by Iceland's coastal basalt columns:
This being Sruli Recht—the cerebral, oddball designer we had the pleasure of meeting and covering once before—we know it gave him that OCD satisfaction of designing the Pillar to be cut from a single piece of material that is then cleverly folded and bonded into shape.