How is your posture? Right now this very minute, are you sitting up straight with your screen at eye level, or are you hunching over your phone while sinking into the couch? 

With many of us working home from the first time, the importance of a good home office is becoming abundantly clear. And if you've been spent the past few months balancing your laptop on your knees, you may have found yourself with a crick in your neck or a pain in your back.

To combat this issue, one Irish man has used his time in lockdown to come up with a handy solution. 

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Originally working in the fabrication industry - focusing specifically on event builds - Jamie Maguire's career was all but decimated when COVID-19 landed, with everything from music festivals to pop up events canceled for the foreseeable future.

Rather than burying his head in the sand, however, the 30-year-old saw the world's change in circumstance as an opportunity to pivot from outdoor events to indoor furnishing. 

The idea struck when Jamie's flatmate - who was working from home - started shopping around for office furniture. Rather than trying to find a desk and chair that would fit their Dublin apartment, Jamie offered to build a custom set himself. And so Home by Notions was born.

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"We got the Instagram page set up and the website set up all overnight," Jamie told Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show.

"We got some photos and had models done and just kicked on with it. It slowly built up, that week was Paddy's weekend so we had some orders trickling in from friends and family.

"I reached out to James Kavanagh and he did a post for me, which I'm extremely grateful for because, as soon as James put up the post, it took off."

Made in Inchicore, the product designer used the same machines he would have used for the summer's events to create desks, chairs and shelves to be sold nationwide. Made from locally-sourced birch plywood, the foldable desks were created to work within any workspace. 

"The lads working in the workshop are all carpenters by trade so the skillset was all there. My background is in design so myself and Gavin came up with a nice minimalist design and, I suppose, what we really wanted to focus on was the functionality of it." 

"It needed to fit into people's spaces," he continued. "Particularly in an urban environment, there's not ample room for people to set up desks so the main feature is that its flat-pack and it can fold away. It helps to differentiate your workspace from your living space, and I think that's going to be important for people going forward."

To listen to the full interview on RTÉ Radio 1, click on the video at the top of the page. For more information on Home By Notions, click here.