Focal Upright’s products were born of need. While working to get his first company, KEEN Footwear, off the ground, Martin Keen, Focal’s founder and CEO, could not find a comfortable working position. He had been sitting on a high stool at a drafting table, which made him feel like a slumped-over slug. He tried standing, which was better, but found it was tiring after an hour or two.
Finally, from a corner of the barn, Keen dug out an old, rusting stool made from a metal tractor seat. He tipped the stool forward and began leaning against the seat. Within moments he realized he was on to something. That place between sitting and standing seemed like an ideal solution.