Famous Standers

Standing desks aren’t new of course. And there have been many now-famous figures in both distant and recent history who did their work from one. Names include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and others such as…

Winston Churchill at standing desk

Winston Churchill used a standing desk in his home study all his life. He lived into his 90s, even after smoking 10 cigars a day.

Ernest Hemingway at standing desk

Ernest Hemingway working on the porch of friend Bill Davis’ house in Malaga, Spain. Davis provided the desk for Hemingway.

Philip Roth at standing desk

Philip Roth at his home in rural Connecticut, 2004. Photo by James Nachtwey.

Donald Rumsfeld at standing desk

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld works at the stand-up desk in his office as he goes over his opening remarks prior to a Pentagon press briefing on Oct. 30, 2003. Photo: U.S. Department of Defense.

Dwight Schrute at standing desk

And Dwight Schrute of The Office (US).

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