The H Desk is a standing desk made of industrial strength cardboard that can be flipped into a private sitting desk, drawn on, and recycled.
Tell us about your idea
During COVID, too many students are camped at the kitchen table or plopped on the couch trying to learn from home. The H Desk is a no-screw/no-glue industrial strength cardboard standing desk that students get to build themselves. It can serve as a standing desk for 2, a private cubicle desk for 1, or a living room loveseat. You can draw on it, pin up ideas and inspirations, and rotate it whenever you need to change up your environment.
Post-COVID, what if students could design their own classrooms, schools, and learning environments, using their desks like giant LEGOs? The wood version of The H Desk is my proposed solution for a modular, customizable learning furniture.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
What if students could design their own learning environments? I'm a graduate student in Stanford's Learning Design + Technology program. We identify learning problems and design solutions to those problems. My research has shown me that K12 students need to learn design thinking in order to become the creative problem solvers our world needs. Scott Doorley and David Kelley at the d.school helped me realize the stage must be set for design thinking. So I thought, how I might design learning furniture to set the stage for schools. The H Desk was originally designed to be made out of birch plywood with a laminate finish. During COVID however, I made the H Desk out of cardboard in the hopes that others could repeat the concept for themselves.