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Jamie Terbeest's Desk

Who are you and what do you do for a living?

Hi, my name is Jamie. I am a technology consultant in Washington, DC who enjoys woodworking and tinkering with all machines. I, like many office warriors, made the move to a standing desk after discovering the health hazards of sitting over 8 hours a day. After receiving the wonderful news I was having a daughter, I converted my home office into a nursery and ultimately lost the space for my desk. Without any standing desks available for a small place in my living room, I decided to design one out of wood at the local TechShop DC makerspace. After several iterations and updates, I designed the StandCrafted desk you see here.

Can you tell us something about your desk setup?

StandCrafted combines elegance and ergonomics in the StandCrafted Spine, a floating core mounted to virtually any type of wall structure. The Spine supports modules that easily slide securely into place for quick configuration changes. Modules include a VESA-­compatible monitor mount, a small table, a keyboard/mouse/trackpad mount and a laptop holder. The Spine also functions as a cable management system to maintain a clutter-free workspace. StandCrafted comes in three materials: LEED-certified recyclable plastic (8 colors), LEED-certified bamboo, and sustainably harvested maple, which all bring a great minimalistic feel to any work environment.

What’s the story behind that desk?

If you want to learn more about the story of the desk, check out our Kickstarter video:

Is there anything you would like to improve on this setup?

As you can see in the photo, my StandCrated desk is a unique wall-mounted design. I would improve my desk by adding more vertically-mounted swappable modules for the various tasks I might perform throughout the day, e.g.:

  • a laptop module that allows viewing of the laptop screen below the cinema display
  • a small angled drafting table so I can sketch ideas on my tablet fied to the desk
  • a video game module to mount my PS4 for arcade-style gaming in my free time

Is there something on your desk which helps you stay focused? What is it?

I don’t have much residing on my desk due to the minimalistic standing design! I like to stand because that in itself helps me stay focused and more productive which I suspect is due to improved circulation influencing better brain function. I’m also reminded throughout the day that I can’t stand forever and I need to get my work done! I do have a few things on or near my desk to help:

  • wall-mounted potted plants
  • a hot cup of Bulletproof Coffee w/ whipped grass-fed butter

P.S.: If you’re interested in supporting StandCrafted, please back their project on Kickstarter.

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