Martin Keen, industrial designer and founder of Keen Footwear, has now applied his utilitarian aesthetic to the modern workplace with Focal Upright Furniture. Keen developed the line of upright furniture after using standing desks in his own studio. Standing was tiring and he soon found himself leaning against a modified seat. Using an old stool with the seat tilted forward, Keen began leaning while working. He suddenly realized he was no longer aware of posture – he was simply energized and focused on his creative work.
Research into the new phenomenon of “sitting disease” confirmed that this was a major improvement on the office cubicle. Keen hopes that launching Focal™ Upright Furniture will revolutionize the office furniture industry in the same way his footwear designs have changed the shoe industry. The first product introduction will be the Locus™ workstation. The new Focal™ Upright Office™ is designed to change the way we work.
Locus™ lets you rock the day job in a posture halfway between standing and sitting. Designed to move with you, encourage active engagement, and allow your creative juices to flow. It’s about achieving a mental clarity rarely felt while sitting, activating the body to keep up with the mind. Kinetic yet balanced.