Upstand (ABN: 93997859925) is an Australian business founded in 2017 and is located at Terrigal Beach in New South Wales. If you'd like to get in touch with us, please visit our contact page.
My Design Journey.
Back in 2017 when I first got the idea for a stand up desk I found my inspiration from my Uni days studying Design. I set a few design parameters like; designing a sustainable desk, making it affordable, enabling it to fold flat for easy storage and finally, I wanted it to look unique.
As a designer my goal was to create a desk that would stand out from the other standing desks on the market. The desk had to be reliable, sturdy, easy to operate, attractive and fun.
So I set myself a 3 month goal to create a handful of designs. Eventually I presented my designs to family. The presentation was going well until one of my prototypes didn't quite open as planned, but as luck would have it, it led me to further developing the design we are selling today.
I spent the next year and a half sketching and fine tuning my designs, registering a company and domain name, building prototypes, testing different materials, talking with manufacturers, obtaining a Patent and building a web site.
Now the Upstand is unmistakably an exclusive piece of furniture specifically designed for an iPad, laptop or keyboard. When the desk is closed it transforms into a flat pack unit designed for easy storage.The opening and closing technique is intuitive and only takes a brief 2 seconds to operate. It was my intention to design and create a desk from simple and sustainable materials and still deliver a superior level of finish.
My Health Journey.
I lived with back pain for a long time, and after finally visiting a Chiropractor his advice was simple... walk more and sit less. It's not that I was out of shape, I just didn't realise the negative impact long periods of sitting was doing to my body.
I made a couple of basic yet fundamental changes. I decided that when my mobile rang I was going to get up and walk. Second, I had to work out how to stand more while at my computer. I found an empty cardboard box under my desk, so I placed it on my desk and put my laptop on it... I was now standing with my laptop and this was the beginning of Upstand!
Our passion is to create a collection of versatile, affordable and portable, folding stand-up desks that everybody can use and ultimately benefit from. I have now settled on a design ready to take to the market...Enjoy!
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