Last night, Martin Keen spoke here at Bryant University. Keen is the co-founder of Keen Footwear. Several years ago, he sold his stake in that company and founded Focal Upright Furniture. The company offers "all the advantages of a standing desk with the ingenious option to relax on the Lotus leaning seat." The design for his upright desks has earned numerous awards. Google and Apple have both purchased some of his products.
Keen spoke about how sitting at our desks all day is harmful to our health. He showed how the typical human's spine looks very different today than it did 100 years ago, when we were much less sedentary. It was a fascinating discussion worth thinking about as we design our office spaces and consider how we accomplish our work. For more on "sitting disease" see Nilofer Merchant's TED talk below.