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Rove Concepts Athena Standing Desk

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According to one study focused on workplace ergonomics, the average office worker is seated for nearly 9 hours throughout the workday. It doesn’t take a physiologist to conclude that excess time spent seated and stationary can be detrimental to our health, with aching shoulders, back, and neck reminding us that this isn’t the path to a healthy life. Maybe you, like us, have purchased a standing desk to counteract the effects of excess sitting. They’re effective… and often unsightly. The Athena, by Rove Concepts, is a notable exception, arguably the first standing desk where the design seems to aspire toward greater heights.

Set in its seated configuration, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize the Athena as anything but a contemporary-styled desk. Rove Concepts did something we always hoped for – they hid away the unsightly legs required to support a standing desk. Instead, the brand designed a pair of handsome fluted alabaster lacquer or ebony wood bases to disguise the lift support system from view. Paired with either a white lacquer tabletop with a white base or a black oak veneer top with a black base, both sharing 63″ x 31.5″ x 28.3″ dimensions, the Athena proves that standing desks can aspire to greater heights of design.

With a minimum height of 28.3 inches and the option to elevate the desk surface up to a maximum height of 47.25 inches, the Athena allows users to change heights with easy fluidity using the desk’s touch panel controls. The desk supports up to 220 lbs and includes cable management in the upper right-hand corner of the desk surface.

Interestingly, Rove Concepts offers the option to purchase the fluted standing desk base pair by themselves, sans lifting legs. In theory, if the measurements align, this will invite people with an existing standing desk the option to elevate their desk game without having to replace their entire standing desk setup. Consider us interested!

If the Athena’s fluted base design is a bit too styled for your taste, Rove Concepts also offers a more sedate, yet contemporary design in their Eryk Standing Desk. Both the Eryk and Athena share the same specs and retail for $1,732 (or $1,299 with an annual membership discount).

Gregory Han is a Senior Editor at Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.

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