To design a piece of furniture that assists the “working from home” scenario.

Sit-down position.                                                                                                  Stand-up position.


The brief was to design a piece of furniture suited for the “working from home” scenario. The Stand-Down-Sit-Up desk is a modular furniture solution which unites parent and child within a shared work space. The concept takes inspiration from the aphorism “monkey see, monkey do”, and proposes that an extension of an adult’s workspace to accommodate a small child will encourage the child to adopt the behaviour of the working adult. The concept came to fruition following interviews with parents of small children which revealed the struggle of simulating a  learning environment at home that the child would submit to. To effectively use the Stand-Down-Sit-Up desk, parent and child must work cooperatively and collaboratively, and the result hopes to instill a work ethic in the child that will make working from home a more efficient, enjoyable and educational experience for both parties. 


The furniture functions as either a dual sit-down desk or stand-up table. The tabletops are detachable and are fastened to the frame using butterfly bolts that can be secured by both adult and child. The unit is also mobile, being able to be wheeled to different  locations around and outside of the home when a change of scenery is required. The lower shelf functions as storage and bookshelf which secures the books with a sliding bookend fastened into place with a butterfly bolt. When the orientation of the table is changed, the tabletops are detached, the frame is rotated 90° using the wheel as a pivot and the tabletops are placed over the horizontal tubes. The tabletop height for both sit-down and stand-up positions are suitable for an average female and male adult, and 4-6 year old child. 

1. Users in sit-down position.
2. Butterfly bolts unfastened from tabletops in anti-clockwise direction.
3. Tabletop lifted upwards to remove from frame.
4. Frame is tiled backwards and moved forward to maneuver into position.
5. Sliding bookend is pushed against books fastened with butterfly bolt.
6. Frame is rotated at 90° using wheel as a pivot. Books are kept into place with bookend.
7. Users in stand-up position.
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