Small Spaces

A standing desk you can store in a drawer

By Leigh Kamping-Carder  | October 30, 2014 - 3:59PM

Space-starved New York City telecommuters: your pleas for workable office furniture are not falling on deaf ears. Entrepreneurs across the globe are inventing foldable, movable, stowable standing desks that will wedge into even the tiniest studio. The latest is ZestDesk, a standing desk made from anodized aluminum (that’s the same material as your MacBook) that folds up like an oversized laptop for maximum portability.

Four years in the making, the ZestDesk is the creation of Peter Moore, an Australian doctor who seriously injured his back 20 years ago and has helped stave off the pain by avoiding sitting at work. When he took a job that required him to commute between several different offices, the idea for the desk was born. “I looked everywhere and there was nothing, apart from cardboard boxes that I could place on existing desks to convert into standing workstations,” Moore says in a release.

The ZestDesk folds into a carrying case, making it easy to move or stow away

The desk—​really just two platforms, one for a monitor or laptop, and another for the keyboard and mouse—​snaps open in about 30 seconds, and folds down into a 29.8 by 25.2 inch case that comes with a padded shoulder strap and a laptop sleeve. The whole thing is adjustable and weighs about 12 lbs, according to the company. So if you’re operating with minimal apartment space, you could potentially set up a desk area on your dining room table or in a corner of your room, and store it when you need the space for something else.

ZestDesk has raised about AUD $53,000 ($46,776 US)  on Kickstarter—​apparently the company met its $10,000 goal in the first six hours of the campaign—​with seven days to go. You can get one at the early bird price with a contribution of AUD $297 ($262 US); they’ll retail for AUD $597 ($526 US).


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