Levit8 is an affordable flat-folding portable standing desk that uses origami folding techniques.

This Affordable Portable Standing Desk Has an Origami-Inspired Twist

This Affordable Portable Standing Desk Has an Origami-Inspired Twist

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
Nov. 11 2015 1:17 PM

This Affordable Portable Standing Desk Has an Origami-Inspired Twist

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The Levit8 is a portable standing desk that pops up and folds flat using an origami-inspired technique.

Courtesy of Levit8 Co.

Another day, another standing desk design. But a new entry into the category of portable laptop desks that allow you to stand up at a moment’s notice has a welcoming price point (starting at $32) and a clever origami-inspired design twist that makes it look fun and easy to set up and break down.

Designed by a young team of Singapore-based industrial designers, Levit8 is a flat-folding portable standing desk that has no parts and requires no assembly. Made from water-repellent, stain-proof materials, it can support up to 20 times its weight and weighs less than a MacBook Air.

And like a Pilates ball, it comes in three sizes so you can attempt the most ergonomic possible setup.

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Using “an age-old box-twist folding technique,” according to a project description, the stand simply pops up for immediate use or collapses into something resembling a file folder that can be shoved in a backpack or stored on a bookshelf.

The designers went through numerous prototypes before coming across the box-spiral fold, they write. The design is made up of eight triangular panels and was perfected by working with local bookbinding experts and craftspeople who work with fabric.

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Courtesy of Levit8 Co.

Levit8 is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, where it has already surpassed its $4,000 goal. Those who want to give it a try should keep in mind that the product isn’t scheduled to ship until June.

Check out the video below to see it in action.

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.