ObjctCo logo entry for design market store at exhibition building in Melbourne Australia
Design Brand
Objct Co

We create simple and essential products for home, work and play that are designed to simplify your life.

Pursuing unique and elegant solutions to everyday problems, we strive to create beautiful, useful and enduring products for living ~ like the award-winning LAPOD Lap Desk with Storage.

Our Mission: Create inspiring designs to help simplify and organise your life.
Founded in Melbourne, Australia’s post-industrial inner-west, Objct Co officially opened in 2018. With a further series of unique home and work organisation and productivity accessories in development, we continually maintain our firm commitment to premium quality products designed and developed in Australia.

The Story behind LAPOD Lap Desk

Whilst working on a deadline some time back, Objct Co's founder, Tony Heap, was bringing work home with him on his laptop for several nights in a row. After tiring of being at his home desk at night after sitting at his work desk all day, he thought he needed to change things up.

So, he quickly cobbled together a DIY couch lap desk in order that he could instead work more comfortably in his living room. The only item he could find in the moment was a very big, flat, plastic tub lid with unfortunately sharp injection moulded ribs underneath. It needed to be placed on a cushion to rest on his lap, but he didn’t want the sharp plastic protruding bits to wreck the cushion fabric.

Rummaging in the kitchen cupboards offered up a large flexible baking dish, which when placed under the plastic lid meant his rough DIY lap desk was complete. Victory! He now felt less like he was still at work and instead more productive and relaxed working in comfort.

After a few nights working like this on his DIY lap desk hack, Tony found when he finished work he (somewhat unconsciously) was packing away his laptop cables, charger, notes and pens in the baking dish under the plastic lid. And so (when he eventually became conscious of his own behaviour) the idea for the LAPOD, a LAP desk + storage POD, was born! 

About the Founder
Before starting Objct Co, Melbourne-based industrial designer Tony Heap spent 18 years designing for leading manufacturing companies with products ranging from commercial furniture, domestic appliances to bike accessories.

Then, Tony developed a series of design ideas he’d had for relaxing the ever-growing tension between our home and work lives..
Founder and designer of Objct Co, Tony Heap at big design market stall
..He quit his day job to become a start-up founder, or ‘design entrepreneur’, or some combo thereof. After plenty of prototyping, testing, building and spreadsheeting, the LAPOD Lap Desk was put into production.

For Tony, good design is when a great idea meets beautiful execution – minimising and unifying form and function into practical simplicity.

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