Posted: May 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Forget the treadmill desk or the height-adjustable desk. Furniture to get you up is taking more surprising forms.
Consider Focal Upright, the latest endeavor of Martin Keen, the founder and former owner of Keen, Inc., a footwear company. Martin’s outgrown the shoe, but not the desire to apply his design sense and his passion for improving lives to products for better living. For the past 12 years he’s been perfecting this workstation that combines a slanted seat with a slanted desk. Martin describes what you do on the Locus Seat as “perching,” and he’s found it to be the answer to getting and keeping his design juices flowing.
Another new entry is No, Sweat!, a three-piece furniture set that can be turned into exercise equipment. Created by Vancouver-based designer Darryl Agawin, the furniture is built from equipment you might recognize as an exercise step or plyometric box. Standing nearby are a balance board, weight bar, skip rope, and kettle bell. No, Sweat! seems designed for small spaces and for whenever the urge to exercise hits you.
Then there’s the Sporthocker, which is not new and not for the faint of heart. It’s a seat, it’s a skateboard, it’s a test of your agility and creativity.
Which suits your style?