What if your chair was more than just a place to sit?
FLIP is a new concept that lets your chair transform into a desk when you’re ready to move.
With a single gesture, FLIP becomes an ergonomic workstation with a height-adjustable platform. When you’re ready for a break, FLIP morphs back into a supportive chair.
FLIP Introduction Video
What if you could work from anywhere?
FLIP transforms to fit your body, but it also moves with your mood. Because it’s on wheels, FLIP can be repositioned to wherever you feel most energized.
And it’s not just offices that can benefit from more movement. What if teachers could introduce movement as a new element to help keep kids focused? What if doctors had a mobile work platform for more intimate conversations with patients?
FLIP is a versatile sit-to-stand solution, but it’s also the most accessible. In offices with existing fixed-height desks, it replaces an existing chair instead of adding a bulky adjustable work surface like Varidesk, minimizing visual clutter. Because it’s a standalone product with no assembly required, FLIP can be deployed to any existing office regardless of configuration or size.
About the Inventor
Cedric Bosch is a mechanical engineer from San Francisco. He has designed and produced several of his own products, and also helps other companies solve their own engineering challenges.
In his spare time, Cedric enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, and adventuring.
Cedric is seeking a licensee for the FLIP concept, a patent-pending design.
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The Origin Story
As an engineer in San Francisco, I spend a lot of time in new office concepts, and I like to observe the effect that they have on the people using them. One day, while visiting a design firm I was working with, I noticed some designers had taken their laptops away from their desks and placed them on top of some tall cabinets, which they were using as standing desks. This was despite the fact that their own desks were the motorized, height-adjustable kind. After chatting with them, I discovered that they found their height-adjustable desks too slow, so they never bothered to adjust them. Plus, the close quarters of their open office workspace often made them seek a change of pace, so they liked to move around as they pleased and work from many different spots.
I rushed home, and spent the weekend building a prototype out of plywood. I raised the work platform for the first time, placed my laptop on it… and it promptly fell over. The geometry was all wrong! I realized that the placement of the pivot point was crucial, since it determined the location of both the chair back and the desk surface. I wanted the seat height and desk height to be synchronized, so that after adjusting the gas cylinder to their desired height in chair mode, the user would be delighted to find that the desk was already at the right height when they flipped it up. After hearing from the designers I spoke with, I knew that the product had to be fast if it was ever going to be used.
I also remembered what they told me about movement. The freedom to move around their office helped them be creative, and I recognized that behavior in my own working life as well. I thought it would be great to be able to work from anywhere I wanted to, instead of being confined to my desk. I started working on a second prototype with a five-star base, using a donor chair and some pivots I made on my 3D printer.
After many iterations of the pivot geometry, I arrived at the prototype in the video above. Now, I’m excited to share Flip with the world. I hope you enjoyed this story!