The first generation or two of standing desks were prohibitively expensive, but the health benefits of standing versus sitting have been so lauded that lower-cost options have been popping up all over the place. Now a foldable cardboard version called Refold is throwing its hat into the ring, and it looks promising.
The 100% recyclable kraft cardboard desk is surprisingly strong; it’s able to support the weight of a fully-grown man easily. It comes in three different sizes for users of different heights, and its only drawback may be that its height is not adjustable. It does, however, come with an extra set of legs to turn it into a sitting desk when needed.
The Refold flat-pack furniture design comes in a carrying case with a handle and consists of six pieces. It goes from its flat state in the carrying case to a fully-functional desk in just two minutes with no glue or other fasteners.
Unexpectedly for a cardboard design, the Refold desk can be disassembled and reassembled so you can take your office with you no matter where you go. Refold was developed with philanthropy in mind; the company behind it is working with UNICEF to supply Refold desks to a school in the Pacific Islands. Their Kickstarter campaign includes options to send pieces or whole desks to the school.
“An enjoyable user experience is at the centre of our design process. This has resulted in an assembly that on the surface may appear complex, but in reality is intuitive, memorable and incredibly simple. Not everyone is the same height, so neither are our standing desks. The design comes in three sizes – small, medium & large – to help you achieve an ergonomic work surface. For desks that are going to be shared we recommend medium.”
“Refold is driven by aspirations of giving back and using our designs to ‘do some good’. We see these desks as a product to instigate positive change in the schools of those who are less fortunate. We are honored to be able to collaborate with UNICEF New Zealand to make this happen! “