Visalia Lounge

Visalia Lounge

We're passionate about helping architects, design and real estate professionals develop great environments wherever work happens. We do this through a four pronged approach of being insightful, intentional, interactive, and inspirational.

V.I.A.

V.I.A.

More than ever before, workers are going public with complaints about their lack of privacy at work. Too much interaction and not enough privacy has reached crisis proportions, taking a heavy toll on workers’ creativity, productivity, engagement and wellbeing.

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Gesture

Gesture

The first chair designed to support our interactions with today's technologies.

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Explore Finishes. Order Samples Direct.

Order samples direct from our new, expanded finish library.

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Wenge + Noce-inspired Laminates

New Noce-inspired laminates offer a neutral range of color choice for use across multiple environments. The Noce finish choices feature a more traditional woodgrain pattern and are a color match to the recently introduced Wenge laminates.

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Helping You unlock human promise

At Steelcase, we are passionate about helping architects, designers and real estate professionals develop great environments wherever work happens. We do this through a four pronged approach of being insightful, intentional, interactive, and inspirational.

Being insightful is part of our brand essence. We share the insights from our global team of researchers – Workspace Futures – regarding the needs of humans in the built environment. Our goal of being intentional is about understanding the time demands of the your community and having a purpose for our activities in hopes they align with specific needs.

Being interactive is about providing resources that align with your process and engage you through conversation or co-creation. Our aspiration of being inspirational is quite ambitious; however, it is our attempt to provide opportunities for you to express your creativity and remind you why you entered your profession.

Ultimately, our mission is to be a desired resource for the you by offering our latest research, user-centered products, tools and resources to make your jobs easier, have fun and with the intention of delighting our mutual customers.

Research

Think Better
Making Distance Disappear
The Privacy Crisis
Wellbeing: A Bottom Line Issue
Posture in a Changing Workplace

Think Better

Think Better

In workplaces throughout the world, scenarios of near-constant distraction have become the norm. We text during conversations, email during meetings, skimp on lunch breaks to catch up on work—always trying to process faster, handle more and work harder, often without realizing just how much we’re degrading our mental capabilities in the process.

Thankfully, our ability to focus is still salvageable. Steelcase researchers have gained new insights into how our brains shape thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and then applied this new science to create concepts for how thoughtfully designed workplaces can help workers better manage their attention.

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Making Distance Disappear

Making Distance Disappear

In today’s economic landscape organizations can’t allow distance to be a barrier to effective teams. As distributed teams become pervasive, the challenges they face become more evident.

As businesses rush to become faster, smarter and more innovative, talent is more important than ever. Many teams are now distributed, using video to work across locations, time zones and cultures. But a constantly nagging problem they face is presence disparity—i.e., those working remotely have a different experience than those who are side-by-side.

Presence disparity isn’t just a nuisance. It threatens productivity and makes collaboration taxing. Businesses are investing in video as a way to solve the challenges. But what’s often missing is an understanding of how to optimize video technology in physical space.

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The Privacy Crisis

The Privacy Crisis

In organizations all over the world, people are facing brand-new problems that require sharing information and putting knowledge together in new ways. For all the right reasons, collaboration has become the big engine for progress and innovation. Although workplaces today make it seemingly easy for people to collaborate, most leaders remain dissatisfied with the pace and frequency of breakthroughs. Uncertain of what to do next, they hire new talent, carve out trendy group spaces, add technology or step up team training efforts—but still don’t see the gains they desire.

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Wellbeing: A Bottom Line Issue

Wellbeing: A Bottom Line Issue

Feeling good at work drives business performance. Leaders are realizing that fostering collaboration, creativity, and flexibility requires a rigorous focus on employees wellbeing. Our research and insights show how workplace design can help organizations attain employee wellbeing and business results they desire.

To understand the positive drivers of wellbeing, Steelcase researchers delved deeply into the topic. After synthesizing research and investigating diverse notions of wellbeing, the team came to a conclusion: Wellbeing is systemic and holistic, integrating many dimensions, including people’s physical, cognitive and psychological needs. They went on to conclude that the places where people come together to work can be designed to have a positive impact on a variety of dimensions of worker wellbeing.

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Posture in a Changing Workplace

Posture in a Changing Workplace

As technologies and trends transform work processes, understanding the impact on postures is crucial for helping people work safely, comfortably and productively.

Ever since the 1980’s, the demands of computer work intensified, and ergonomic researchers focused on gaining a deep understanding of the biomechanics of sitting so solutions could be developed that contribute to a healthier day at work.

More than three decades later, office chairs have evolved from simple sitting devices to ergonomic tools that adjust to fit the size and shape of people’s bodies and their work processes. Because many office workers spend up to 80% of their day sitting, body stresses and strains that affect productivity, health and wellbeing remain a focus of study and scrutiny.

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Featured Products

Brody WorkLounge

Brody

Introducing the Brody WorkLounge. Designed to be good for your body and good for your brain.

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Thread

Thread

Thread simplifies power distribution, providing power to the devices we use and the places where we work and learn.

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Elective Elements and Siento

Elective Elements

Elective Elements is a freestanding office workstation designed to address the changing workspace requirements in today’s private and open-plan office environments.

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Think

Think

The Think office chair intuitively responds to the movement of the body to provide comfort. Fully redesigned and reengineered, Think is smart, simple and sustainable.

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V.I.A.

V.I.A.

V.I.A. creates intelligent rooms, designed to augment human interaction by providing true acoustical privacy and hosting technology. It provides a sense of permanence with the speed and design flexibility of a relocatable wall.

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Gesture

Gesture

Inspired by the movement of the human body, Gesture is the first office chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. Gesture is created for the way we work today.

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media:scape

media:scape

media:scape integrates technology and furniture to bring people, space and information together for greater collaboration and productivity than ever before.

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Solutions

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces
The Privacy Solution
Healthcare Spaces
Active Learning Spaces

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces

90% of today’s workers say they need quiet, private places in the workplace. Over 40% say they don’t have them.

Empowering Introverts

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase offer five diverse ways to empower introverts at work. Each space supports specific postures, work modes, and expectations for quiet and privacy supported by a carefully chosen range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology. Every quiet space is designed with V.I.A., which provides superior acoustic performance and offers an atmosphere where introverts can work their best.

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The Privacy Solution

The Privacy Solution

Although privacy is a universal need in workplaces, personal preferences, spatial contexts and cultural norms are key factors for successfully designing environments for privacy, say Steelcase Advanced Applications designers.

Highly differentiated settings ensure that users can choose their best place based on task, mood and personality, making the experience of privacy personal. Context is a key consideration; the same type of privacy setting can provide very different experiences depending on its adjacency, location and level of exposure to what surrounds it. Context determines what type of boundary will be most successful in any given location and, therefore, how much the spaces will be used. Cultural values and perceptions—both geography-based and organizational—must be respected and enabled within the design.

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Healthcare Spaces

Healthcare Spaces

Time for change: New Solutions for Healthcare Spaces

Designing for the human factor can help healthcare organisations enhance the connections that are vital to successful outcomes and can help them achieve critical qualitative measures of success. Space can help organisations achieve objectives central to the new healthcare journey.

When people, place and technology are thoughtfully considered and incorporated holistically in design, the result can be more engaging, fully leveraging the power of place to inspire and support satisfying interactions.

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Active Learning Spaces

Active Learning Spaces

Informed by insights from our research, we’ve developed some settings that can be a catalyst for intentionally designing work environments that support the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of people at work.

Active minds. Active learning. Active spaces.

Rampant change across campuses presents a challenge; successfully teaching 21st century skills and in inadequate facilities.

Steelcase Education is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring interactive learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. Using an insight-led approach, we design solutions for the many spaces learning happens, from classrooms and libraries to in-between spaces and cafes.

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Sustainability

Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is one of today’s fundamental business challenges – and our inspiration. Everyday our team works to create maximum value from our available assets and be catalysts for good.

We know we are on a journey. Along the way, it is our responsibility to care for our planet and its people.  As we continue to study, learn and share insights, our commitments and accountabilities continue to grow in measurable and meaningful ways.

All of this leads us to deliver innovative products and increased value to our customers and stakeholders.

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Services

Services to Help You Create a Sustainable Workplace

Steelcase and Steelcase dealers offer clients a portfolio of workplace services. It’s about understanding your needs, exploring options, applying the right products, and ensuring your investment is delivered, installed and maintained. Steelcase delivers products and services through a network of independent dealers in over 650 locations globally. Our dealer network is the most extensive and experienced in the world, delivering global experience with local service.

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Our Services

Workplace Surveys

Steelcase offers a suite of workplace surveys that are easy to use and help gain deeper insights about how people really work.

Financial Services

Our flexible financing options help you scale to meet your organizational and financial needs.

eBusiness

Learn about the benefits of our web-based tools to help you streamline facilities management and furniture procurement.

Recycle + Reuse

Find a new purpose for old furniture. If you have office furniture that you no longer want or need, Steelcase can help.

Performance Management

When creating workplaces, leading companies are facing a marketplace that rewards organizations that are coordinated and cohesive and challenges those that are not. We can help.

News

Brody Listed in Top Ten of 2015

Along with Apple iPad Pro and Microsoft Lumina 950 XL, Brody has been recoognized as one of the Top 10 business products of 2015. The author writes, “Hello serious productivity, right? This new take on the cubicle insulates you from all distractions.”

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Jim Keane and John Fikany Join the Stage with Forbes to Discuss How We Work

Steelcase CEO, Jim Keane, and John Fikany, Microsoft vice president join the stage with Forbes to discuss how we work, productivity and employee disengagement. Mr. Fikany said it best, “Space really does matter. Places Matter.”

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IIDEXCanada Innovation Awards

We’re honored to announce Brody and Thread as receipients of the 2015 IIDEXCanada Innovation Award. A place to find inspiration, IIDEXCanada is Canada’s largest National Design + Architecture Exposition & Conference presented by IDC, Interior Designers of Canada and RAIC, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards Recognize Steelcase

Steelcase products and spaces were recognized as “Best of Year” by Interior Design magazine at their annual awards. Brody WorkLounge and the Grand Rapids Business Center, designed with Shimoda Design Group, were winners in their categories, while Thread and the Grand Rapids Business Center were honorees.

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Steelcase WorkLife Center Toronto Wins an International Green Interior Award

Steelcase’s WorkLife Center in Toronto, Canada was honored as a green project in the International Green Interior Awards. The awards recognize the benefits and beauty of integrating sustainable products in interior design.

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How to Fight Learned Helplessness at Work

For some organizations, learned helplessness means having a passive workforce that will do what they are told but are convinced that there are no opportunities, solutions, options or possibilities. A lot of people are not lazy, but instead feel somewhat helpless. This leads to a lack of employee engagement. It does not have to be this way. The work environment can help.

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Steelcase CEO, Jim Keane, Discusses Meaningful Work

According to a Gallup report, 87% of global workers are disengaged. This is enough for not just new, but all, CEOs to be concerned. Steelcase CEO, Jim Keane, addresses this topic through the lens of meaningful work, pointing to three different types of “meaning” leaders should embrace to move the needle in a positive direction.

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Susan Cain Quiet Spaces: An Option for Introverts

The Financial Times recently reported that open spaces tend to be more fitting for extraverts, leaving introverts longing for more. As a solution, the article pointed to Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcace as an option for oganizations looking to meet the needs of introverts these open spaces.

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The Huffington Post Points to Steelcase Research as it Discusses the Need for Privacy in the Workplace

The article, “To Work, Open Offices Need To Be A Little Less Open,” focuses on the importance of finding balance between open and private spaces. The auhtor quotes Steelcase researcher, Melanie Redman, stating that these workspaces must to go beyond the “one-size-fits-all” approach, and brings attention to the key insight that privacy is more than a good ideal; “it’s a basic fundamental human need.”

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Steelcase Products in Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Competition

Vote for Brody, Thread, Campfire, and other Steelcase Products in this year’s Best of Year Awards. This annual award competition, hosted by Interior Design Magazine, recognizes exceptional product and project design within the design space. Public voting is open now through October 16 and determines finalists.

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Resources + Support

Insights
Design Resources

Insights

Insights

360 Magazine

Explore the latest research, insights and trends that will help you understand how to leverage the power of place to create great spaces and make a difference in how people work, learn, and heal.

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Whitepapers

Technology is changing. People are changing too. And so are their expectations. This means the places they work, learn and heal must also change. Our whitepapers dig into these trends to help you understand how to create places that successfully resolve for these needs and expectations.

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Case Studies

Organizations are often faced with challenges surrounding real-estate optimization, evolving technology, engagement, and even brand and culture tensions. Steelcase partners with leading organizations to leverage these tensions and deliver real-world solutions.

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Design Resources

Design Resources

Easily find the resources you need to complete your project.

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