UPA was founded in January 2016, in Lisbon, Portugal, by Patrícia Machado and Gonçalo Valente.
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 in a home, 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. By avoiding buying different pieces of furniture, to suit every stage of a kids’ life, you generate less waste and save space at home.
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!
In a world that is changing so fast, we are happy to offer kids furniture that can accompany their growth and adapt to their lifetime needs. Pieces that create a space of their own, where they can dream and imagine everything they can become.
All of our products are carefully thought of to support and encourage children development and autonomy.
Our mission is to create a happy growth environment, by designing quality, comfortable and safe objects for children of all ages.
Families living with kids share space and use it in different ways. Though it’s really important to spend time together as a family, there are times when children need their own space to develop and explore their interests, activities and opinions. In their private space, children can choose what is important to them, how they will express themselves, how they will manage their things and how they want to spend their time.
Ergonomics and Comfort
UPA Furniture is designed to suit a child’s needs at every stage of its life, offering ergonomics and comfort along the way.
To design UPA Chair & Desk we followed the European Standard (EN 1728), which defines appropriate furniture parameters, related to children’s body dimensions:
- 4/6 years old (size mark 2)
- 6/8 years old (size mark 3)
- 8/11 years old (size mark 4)
- 11/14 years old (size mark 5)
- 14+ years old (size mark 6
Quality and Safety
UPA furniture is designed and manufactured in Portugal using birch plywood, a flexible material with high strength. Our plywood comes from sustainable sources and has the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. We produce our pieces with great material efficiency, consistency and high-quality, thanks to the latest C.N.C. (Computer Numerically Controlled) technology.
UPA furniture is guaranteed free from harmful material and odor.
Our pieces are finished with high pressure laminate (HPL) that gives them extra protection and allows for an easy cleaning.
To protect the plywood edges, we use a natural product made of vegetable oil. This product cannot crack or flake like a standard varnish because it does not create a layer on top of the wood. Instead, it penetrates into it, to prevent dirt to get in and keeps the wood ageing beautifully.
Our furniture is neatly packaged in compact boxes, allowing for a facilitated transport. Each pack includes all the instructions for a correct usage. UPA furniture is easy to assemble using common tools, either furnished by us or readily available at home, including all subsequent adjustments arising with your kid’s growth.
At UPA Kids we thrive to develop new solutions for improving our environment, through sustainable design. This involves more than using non-toxic products and wood harvested from responsibly managed forests. We design long-lasting products that accompany children’s growth, avoiding the continuous purchasing of furniture that consequently has a negative impact on the environment.
Our furniture grows with your child, but it can easily be disassembled and reused by another kid, in a circular system.
UPA Kids’ products are manufactured locally, using European, environmentally certified, birch plywood. Thus, we reduce the environmental load related not only with the raw material, but also to the transport associated with the production phase.
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