Ooh, is that mahogany? Sherwood+Meister’s Block 22 iPad stand is actually carved from a single block of FSC-certified kiln-dried Ipe, which might be even better. Ipe resists moisture and weathering like cedar but is sturdy and handsome like cherry. You can build decks with it, without painting or staining — this has an extra hand-rubbed satin finish to keep the color.
Why is it called Block 22? That’s for the 22-degree angled groove that holds the iPad in either portrait or landscape. Although I think I would keep it in portrait, just because it looks so beautiful that way, particularly from the back:
It’s like a scaled-down mid-century modern iMac, designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
Finally, there’s a rounded dish in the back to hold accessories, like a power adapter, headphones, or camera (which would be the main reason I’d set the iPad to landscape). I’d probably wind up sticking my iPhone in the dish, and then forgetting where I’d put it because it’d be hiding behind the iPad. 21st-century comedy ensues.
If you’ve already got an iPad keyboard dock ($69) or love standing it up in an iPad case ($39), there’s probably not that much extra here to get you to pull the trigger. But if you use the iPad in the kitchen, in a slick design or architecture office, or just go nuts for the contrast of hardwood and aluminum, $35 gets you a very lovely stand indeed.