Folding Edge Desk doubles as a kneeling chair
Modern technology has allowed many people to break free from the rigors of traditional desk environments. Laptops and tablets spur mobile productivity, and the growing options for standing desks have addressed better posture and overall body health while working. The latest all-in-one solution combines the best of both worlds. The portable Edge Desk is designed to pop up a kneeling chair and adjustable work surface, folding down flat to save space when not in use.
The Edge Desk comes fully assembled and can be deployed in under 10 seconds. The frame, which looks like a cross between a portable massage chair and art easel, is made out of aluminum. Padded cushions provide comfortable support as users sit in a kneeling position. As such, the Edge Desk encourages proper upright sitting instead of the hunching/slouching posture typically associated with fatigue and lower back pain.
Designed to accommodate to the user's ideal comfort level, the Edge Desk's height, angle and tilt are adjustable to suit individual body size and desk preferences. The white work surface, which measures 20 x 30 in (50.8 x 76.2 cm), can swivel between landscape and portrait orientation as desired.
When done, the Edge Desk collapses down to 6 in (152 mm) for easy storage against walls, in closets, or under other furniture. Because it's so compact and weighs only 25 lb (11.3 kg), this desk can be carried with one hand and/or tucked away in a car trunk.
In addition to its flexible form, the Edge Desk offers modular functionality through a patented groove feature. The company plans to create accessories that are designed to snap into the sides of the work surface. Users may expect add-ons such as a cup holder, pen/pencil tray, tablet/smartphone/paper stand, LED light, speaker, and more. Each of these accessories will fold flat while maintaining the Edge Desk's slim profile.
The Edge Desk is currently funding on Kickstarter, having raised 118 percent of its US$165,000 goal in 10 days, with another 36 days left to go. A pledge of $299 sets you up with one Edge Desk, saving 40 percent of the planned retail price.
Over six prototypes have been designed and field-tested. So if final engineering, tooling, and production go according to schedule, backers can expect shipments of the Edge Desk to start sometime this October.