One of the benefits of using a laptop computer is its ability to be used just about anywhere. But finding a way to balance it and keep your lap from getting really, really hot when you aren’t at a desk or table has been a long-standing problem.
The Envol from designer Thibaut Rouganne is a kind of foldable desk that also acts as a case for your laptop. The polypropylene shell protects your computer from accidental bumps as you’re moving from one workspace to another.
Two curved plywood legs fold down to create an elevated desk surface. When you’re sitting on the sofa, floor or bed these legs fit on either side of your legs, elevating your laptop to a comfortable working height.
You also have the option of leaving the legs folded so that the workspace remains flat on whatever surface it sits. But the case still provides some protection from the wicked heat that can emanate from the bottom of the machine.
A couple of handy compartments beneath the space where your laptop sits give you room to store a portable mouse, pens, glasses or whatever else you need to carry around with you as you work in one room of your home and then another.