Cardboard Standing Desk You Can Set Up Anywhere is 100% Recyclable

Cardboard Standing Desk You Can Set Up Anywhere is 100% Recyclable
Arts & Culture

New Zealand company Refold has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce American-made desks

Vashti Hallissey
  • 6 november 2014

Refold’s desk brings a new meaning to the term ‘flat pack’; when you have finished using it you can fold it up and take it away with you. It turns into a lightweight carry case weighing just 6.5kg.

Wellington-based company Refold designed the desk to challenge the idea that work means sitting in front of a computer every day for hours on end. Instead, they created a desk that takes only 2 minutes to slot together and is designed to be used while standing up.


This frees users from being trapped in the office, as well as giving them the benefits of working on their feet. A number of experts have found that sitting down while working is as bad for your health as smoking. However, if necessary, it is also possible to assemble the desk in a different way to use it while sitting.


Refold’s desk is made of entirely recyclable materials and it can be assembled without any tape or glue. There are three sizes available and, while you may imagine that a cardboard desk is pretty flimsy, it’s strong enough for the average person to stand on.


Refold has gained a following in the US, but shipping the desks halfway around the world goes against their ethos of sustainability. Instead, they took to Kickstarter to raise funds to produce the item locally. With a few of days to go, the campaign has already more than doubled its original target of $25,000 NZD.

The company has collaborated with UNICEF New Zealand to enable backers to pledge one or more parts of a desk, or an entire desk, to children in need. Completed desks will be sent to schools in the Pacific Islands by UNICEF New Zealand.


Backers have the option of pledging for a desk that is also a work of art. Refold has also created a series of desks with New Zealand artists and illustrators, T-Wei, Anna Johnstone and Gwilyum Devey.

There are a few American-made standing desks left for $160 NZD and many other desk options for pledgers in the final few of days of the Kickstarter campaign. Those who back the project can expect to receive their foldable, standing desks in June 2015.


Refold’s desk on Kickstarter


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