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. 

Tony Heap designer founder objct co

Then, Tony struck upon a niche with a series of product ideas he’d had for relaxing the ever-growing tension between our home and work lives. He quit his day job to become a ‘startup founder’, a ‘design entrepreneur’, or some combo thereof. After innumerable prototyping, testing, building and spreadsheeting, the LAPOD Lap Desk was put into production. 

For Tony, good design is where a great idea meets beautiful execution – simplifying and unifying form and function into a practical minimalism. Or as his grandma would say, "an elegant sufficiency".