UPA was founded in January 2016, in Lisbon, Portugal, by Patrícia Machado and Gonçalo Valente.

UPA IS A PORTUGUESE EXPRESSION THAT SERVES TO INCITE A PERSON TO STAND UP OR TO RISE, USUALLY USED WITH SMALL CHILDREN. THEREFORE, UPA APPEARED TO US AS THE PERFECT NAMING FOR OUR COMPANY!

UPA IS A PORTUGUESE EXPRESSION THAT SERVES TO INCITE A PERSON TO STAND UP OR TO RISE, USUALLY USED WITH SMALL CHILDREN.

THEREFORE, UPA APPEARED TO US AS THE PERFECT NAMING FOR OUR COMPANY!

As parents of two small boys, we found the need to design high quality, safe and ergonomic furniture, that could be good looking and at the same time accompany children’s growth.

We felt from the beginning that it’s important for a child to have its own dedicated space to play or study in order to build its self-assurance and autonomy.

As eco-conscious parents we advocate that it makes sense to have fittings that can be used for a long period of time, instead of buying different pieces of furniture to suit every stage of a kids’ life, thus generating less waste and saving space at home.

With UPA Chair and Desk you have two pieces of furniture that can be adjusted to 5 different levels, and therefore can be used from 4 years old up to adult age.

After producing the first chair and desk, we received so many enthusiastic reactions from everyone around us that we decided to take this project into another level.