Standing Desk History – Famous Standers Throughout the Ages
by Kenny Rhoads
Think standing up to work is a new idea? Not even close! Famous folks throughout history have led the charge in the standing desk revolution! Here’s just a few you might know:
Leonardo Da Vinci – This Renaissance man painted some of his most famous works of art while standing at his easel, including The Mona Lisa as well as The Last Supper. But Da Vinci also stood at a standing desk while designing his inventions! While working at his standing desk he designed his flying machine, the armored car and the parachute, just to name a few.
Thomas Jefferson – President Jefferson was one of the first men in history to use an actual height adjustable desk. His desk had six legs and a slanted, adjustable desktop. Jefferson helped to write the Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase and invented the Democratic/Republican system of government, all from his adjustable desk.
Charles Dickens – This literary giant was known for writing at his standing desk. Many of his classics were said to be written while standing, including A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield.
Winston Churchill – It is a widely known fact that the British Prime Minister and leader of the U.K. during the second World War used a standing desk in his home office. We also know that he lived to be 90 years old. Hmmm…
Ernest Hemingway – The famous author was frequently photographed behind his standing desk. The Paris Review once wrote, “A working habit he has had from the beginning, Hemingway stands when he writes. He stands in a pair of his oversized loafers on the worn skin of a lesser kudu – the typewriter and the reading board chest-high opposite him.” Hemingway himself once said, “Writing and travel broadens your ass if not your mind; and I like to write standing up!”
Perhaps we all can learn something from these historic standers. Get on your feet and let your creative genius flow!