Friday Link Bundle: Bill Nye, Women Who Design, and Ping Pong

Friday Link Bundle: Bill Nye, Women Who Design, and Ping Pong

  Research Shows 1 Thing You Already Do Every Day That Could Make You More Productive via Inc If you have a standing desk, here’s another reason to feel good about your setup: “In the first study of its kind, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reveals that standing desks can significantly […]


Focal is Five!

Focal is Five!

  We can’t believe it, either. It was all the way back in May 2012 when Martin and Mary Keen took a strange-looking seat to the country’s biggest furniture event and blew everybody away.   Now, five years later, Focal has a whole suite of products designed to help you make the most out of […]


Friday Link Bundle: Paper Airplanes, the History of Sitting, and Our New Office

Friday Link Bundle: Paper Airplanes, the History of Sitting, and Our New Office

  Is The Future Of Fitness Looking Lazy? via Mind Body Green Naps, mindfulness, and restorative treatments are in.   Folding the World Record Paper Plane via Laughing Squid Very important engineering. John Collins, “The Paper Airplane Guy,” demonstrates how to fold a serious paper airplane at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.   Art […]


We Moved Offices! Why our New Place Works

We Moved Offices! Why our New Place Works

In April 2017, Focal moved offices to a lovely spot nestled against Greenwich Bay. Without doting too much on the past, our old space wasn’t totally well-suited to reflect our company mission of embodying workplace wellness. Now we have big windows showing off the water, soaring ceilings, and ample space for all our workstations (and […]


Friday Link Bundle: Glue, Lightsabers, & Creative Mornings

Friday Link Bundle: Glue, Lightsabers, & Creative Mornings

  These stories caught (and re-caught) our attention this week.   Sugru: The world’s first moldable glue This incredible product design has our wheels turning. Sugru is a moldable glue that morphs into silicon rubber overnight to mount or fix your stuff.   Is Maple Water Worth the Hype? Via Daily Burn We’re yearning to […]


A Seat 16 Years in the Making

A Seat 16 Years in the Making

By Martin Keen, Founder & Design Director   In 1996, the birth of our son forced me out of my home office, so we built a red barn behind our house in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It was to be my own personal space to be creative and focused (READ: I could make a mess, and […]


Your 3-Step Spring Refresh Checklist

Your 3-Step Spring Refresh Checklist

  It’s officially been spring for over two weeks. This means it’s time to get rid of your junk again.   1. Declutter (the Marie Kondo Way) If you’re feeling uninspired about your much-needed cleanup session, get yourself together and look up the cleaning and mindfulness guru Marie Kondo. A celebrity in Japan, the writer […]


SXSW 2017 Roundup: Our Favorite Things

SXSW 2017 Roundup: Our Favorite Things

  Each year, the festival South By Southwest (SXSW) celebrates tech, film, and music in downtown Austin. Focal has attended the interactive festival since 2012; every year brings new adventures, people, and, of course, amazing food & drink (we didn’t complain about the deep-fried avocados we happened upon at Mighty Cone).   The gif here […]


How to Get Your Boss to Buy You a Standing Desk

How to Get Your Boss to Buy You a Standing Desk

  As standing desks and leaning seats become more and more popular, people often wonder how they can actually get their company to buy them. Chances are, it’s easier than you think. We’ll walk you through the steps that might be helpful in getting your boss to buy you an upgraded workstation.   1. Do […]