Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Portsmouth company makes Inc. magazine sit up and take notice

April 23, 2014 by chris

A national business magazine says a Portsmouth company may have designed two of the best products in America last year. “Inc.” has named Focal Upright Furniture as a finalist in its first annual Best in Class Design Awards.


“Inc. knows a few things about innovative product design. That said, we are honored that the Inc. editors have recognized both Mobis, our new seat, and the Locus Sphere Workstation, our executive standing desk, as outstanding in the office design category,” says Focal founder and CEO Martin Keen.

The Mobis seat is designed to work as a dynamic extension of your body, pivoting and flexing to respond to and support every move you make. The Mobis seat cushion turns 360 degrees always returning to center. Height adjustable from 25″ to 35″, the Mobis leg flexes 6 degrees in all directions, which allows your body to find its perfect balance.

The Locus Sphere has everything the original Locus Desk offers, with a 40 percent larger desktop so you can tackle multiple spreadsheets, reports or blueprints with ease.

This height- and incline-adjustable desk is the perfect stand-up workstation on its own, or it can be paired with the iconic Locus Seat, which allows you to lean in comfort as you work. From the curve of the expansive desktop to the buffed aluminum legs, Sphere’s sleek, streamlined design looks and performs beautifully in any setting.

“Your most valuable, high-productive hours are spent at your desk. Our products offer far more comfort, function and utility than traditional office furniture,” Keen explains.

Only products designed and sold in the United States by a privately owned American business are eligible for Inc.’s Best in Class Design Award. The products must have been launched in the United States between Jan. 1, 2013, and March, 1, 2014.

Inc.’s Best in Class Design Award winners are expected to be announced in June. If Focal takes home the gold, it won’t be the company’s first time in the winner’s circle. Its flagship Locus Workstation won the 2012 ErgoExpo award for best new product and Focal garnered the Grand Prize in Product Innovation from “Buildings” magazine last year.