Soft to the touch, yet sturdy and tough. Thin and lightweight, yet enduring and resilient. Colour-fast and textured yet completely hand washable. Balancing often diverging properties is key to great material selection and development.
LAPOD's storage pod is made from high quality rigid P.E.T. felt as it is the only material that ticks all of the above. It's extremely strong and durable whilst being tactile and aesthetically welcoming.
With a greater tensile strength than steel and capacity to withstand more compression than concrete, it's hard to find a better material for LAPOD's work surface than bamboo.
Bamboo's material properties allow your work surface to be strong, lightweight and thin at a mere 10mm/ 0.4-inch.
The work surface is finished in natural plant-based hard wax-oil made from a select variety of flowers. This is a far more sustainable and durable solution compared to varnish (polyurethane plastic that sits on top of the grain) as the hard wax-oil penetrates into the grain thereby protecting it. It is also repairable (unlike varnish) and has further benefits with computer mice legibility.
After extensive testing, balancing a smooth matte finish with a 'maintained' natural grain texture, we achieved a work surface that is compatible with any computer mouse.