Multiple Combinations. Simple to Use.
Steelcase Surface Materials are designed for ease of coordination and use, abundance of choice and thoughtfulness to the environment. The offering consists of a wide selection of textiles, paints, laminates, veneer, glass, and more.
Three simple ideas help to create a materials palette that works.
First, our textiles are designed to work with our hard surfaces. Secondly, you can choose any architectural elements for a space, and our surfaces will coordinate with them. And, finally, our offering allows for you to create the environment you want, using the finishes you want.
At the end of the day, it’s all about you.
Gabriel textiles allow designers to employ beautifully crafted, high-end materials while considering human and environmental health.
The colorful yet simplistic designs of Kvadrat push the aesthetic, technological and artistic boundaries of the growing textile industry.
Back Painted Glass
Enhanced and unique, this variety of color options allows you to create a beautiful, seamless aesthetic for V.I.A. and Elective Elements.
Gaja-Cradle to CradleCM
This solid, sustainable, woolen fabric is available in 23 color options as a seating upholstery fabric. It is the first European pure-wool upholstery to be certified under the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Standard.
Surfaces Made Simple.
Innovative, sustainable materials designed by Steelcase.
Our textile selections are timeless, yet relevant and chosen according to specific aesthetic, technical and environmental criteria. All while coordinating effortlessly with the hard surfaces offering.
By looking at color or hue, value from light to dark and range that a finish has to cross-over color families, our hard surfaces collection creates a common color sense that is shared across material types.
Designtex is a celebration of imaginative minds and fact-based knowledge coming together to offer performance-based, environmental solutions. As part of Steelcase Select Surfaces, the Designtex collection includes an extensive range of choice through new product introductions, as well as fabrics previously recognized through the Designtex Graded-In program. This vast selection of upholstery and vertical surface fabrics provides a unique opportunity to achieve the highest level of design, sustainability and performance.
Request Samples: Contact Designtex Customer Service at 800.221.1540 or visit designtex.com.
A perfect pairing with Steelcase, Gabriel’s commitment to quality, social responsibility, and global design allows us to extend our design choice to customers around the world. Available throughout many different international markets, Gabriel textiles have a unique sense of style and beauty with a global presence. These textiles seamlessly merge environmental consciousness and elegance to become an expressive addition to any product.
Samples: Contact Gabriel by calling +45 9630 3100 or visit www.gabriel.dk/textiles/steelcase_select.
The colorful yet simplistic designs of Kvadrat push the aesthetic, technological and artistic boundaries of textile design. Kvadrat’s colorful world of premium textiles are available from Steelcase globally. The company’s distinguished design heritage allows customers to choose from a wide selection of skillfully made finishes that appeal to an international audience.
The Pollack studio has extensive experience with weaving and fabric construction, developing textiles from the ground up. As a result, Pollack textiles are recognized for their versatile design, beauty and performance. The innovative materials and techniques used are sourced from specialized mills around the world to bring a signature look that naturally plays in both contemporary and traditional styles. The color sense is refined and nuanced, with depth and complexity.
Request Samples: Contact Pollack at 212.627.7766 or visit pollackassociates.com.
Accent Paints allow customers to add trend-driven color to painted surfaces. These Price Group 3 pre-matched selections are available without the PerfectMatch registration fee. If one of the colors phases out of the program, customers can continue to specify these finishes without being charged a registration fee. It’s our intent to evolve this collection to ensure that fresh, new colors are always available.
Signature Plastics allow customers to create space solutions that are consistent with their own brand. The plastic color choices are available for use on Node and Move for an additional upcharge. The 9 finish options were developed to match some of the most commonly used colors in university and corporate logos. Signature Plastics are pre-tested colors and can be ordered using standard finish codes.
Create a Consistent Aesthetic
The Global Palette allows companies to create a consistent aesthetic in workspaces around the world. All finishes are available to order on Steelcase products and are globally accepted.
The geographies represented in the Global Palette include the Americas – North, Central and South; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia Pacific. The offering includes a variety of material types: paint, decor and laminate, plastic, and textiles, knit, and mesh.
The paint options create the foundation of materials choice within the Global Palette. To ensure a balanced and complete offering, we’ve considered color family, value, range, neutrality and global trends.
- Arctic White
- Arctic White Gloss
- Champagne Metallic
- Midnight Metallic
- Platinum Metallic
- Sterling Metallic
Laminates + Melamines
Textiles, Knit + Mesh
Textiles, Knit + Mesh
Textiles, Knit + Mesh
We offer a wide range of textures, patterns, colors and price ranges. Each pattern within the textile offering has global relevance, while also having successful regional history. The colors work well with the hard surfaces palette, making the offering easy to use.
- 3D Knit
- Connect 3D
- Cogent: Connect/Atlantic
- Gaja- Cradle to Cradle (CM)
- QiVi Net
- Reply Air Mesh
- Steelcut Trio
About Custom Surfaces
Customer’s Own Material (COM)
The COM program allows you to tailor Steelcase products to help achieve a customized look. Steelcase seating and furniture products accommodate thousands of fabric, leather and vinyl from many leading suppliers. Use the Customer’s Own Material web tool to find approved materials available on Steelcase product or to calculate exact yardage required for an order.
Open Line Laminate (OLL)
Open Line Laminate (OLL) program offers the opportunity to specify laminates that are not available through Steelcase Surfaces. Select Steelcase furniture products accommodate hundreds of laminates. With the open line laminate web tool, you can find a laminate that is already approved on your product, or you can submit a request to have a new one tested. Once an approved laminate is selected, use the calculator to find the exact quantity required.
Perfect Match Paint
Our PerfectMatch program allows you to get Steelcase painted products in virtually any color chosen. With the PerfectMatch web tool, customers can submit a request to have a unique paint color created to match any sample.
The Customiz Stain program offers the opportunity to specify a custom-matched stain in a Steelcase wood environment. With the Customiz Stain web tool, customers can find a stain that is already approved on a specific Steelcase product, or they can submit a request to have a unique stain color tested and approved.
It’s available in 2 ways – post consumer and post industrial. Both are kind to the environment, as they reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill and save energy in the manufacturing process.
Post consumer polyester is made from waste material left over after consumer use. Things like soda and water bottles are ultimately extruded and woven into fabric.
Post industrial polyester is made from waste material that is left over from industrial processes and before use by the consumer.
Visit the Finish Library to find materials made using recycled polyester.
Striving to Minimize Impact on the Environment
We’re working with some of the world’s leading organizations to design what’s next in sustainable products and processes. It is partnerships like these that create true and lasting change.
Clarity™ Wood Finish Process
Steelcase’s Clarity™ water-borne UV clear coat provides exceptional durability, clarity and quality, all while considering environmental health.The water-borne Clarity process marks a major milestone in the transition we began back in 2001 to eliminate solvents from our wood furniture finishing processes. Since 2001, we’ve reduced Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions by 96%.
Basalt is formulated by collecting “over-spray” material (materials that are not utilized during the coating process) from Steelcase plants. We combine the over-spray material with resin, texturing agents, and pigments reprocessing the mixture into the finished paint product. The end result: Basalt paint that contains 85% over-spray and scrap material. This is an example of how the redesign of a process can allow for reuse and continuous improvement.
Redeem + Retrieve
The collaboration of efforts in the manufacturing process is the first of its kind in the office furniture industry. The process utilizes a system that begins with scrap fabric originating from a Steelcase manufacturing facility. This scrap fabric is recycled into yarn that is then woven into new textiles.
Elmo Leather uses the power of nature to help nature by leveraging bacterial microorganisms, which have the natural ability to convert wastewater pollutants into nitrogen gas. When Elmo harnesses that ability, emissions are reduced by up to 80%. Learn more about their process.
100% Wool. 100% Sustainable. Bo Peep, an Oeko-Tex* certified seating pattern made using 100% wool – a natural fiber and renewable resource. Bo Peep provides a timeless aesthetic in 21 color options and is available as a Price Grade 5 Steelcase Surfaces seating upholstery. Visit the Finish Library to view the full offering of colors available.
*Oeko-Tex is a global testing and certification system that confirms products meet applicable standards for substances of high concern.
Remix, a 90% wool / 10% nylon seating upholstery is made using mélange yarns. Each thread consists of three colors, resulting in an irregular pattern that plays across the surface of the fabric and is reminiscent of a finely tailored apparel fabric. Remix is available to order as a Price Grade 5 seating upholstery in the Americas and in 13 color options.
Gaja – Cradle to CradleCM
Gaja is a solid, sustainable, woolen fabric that is available in 23 color options and as a Price Grade 3 in the Americas. It is the first European, pure-wool upholstery to gain Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). Gaja – Cradle to CradleCM also complies with the Oeko-Tex label and the EU ecolabels (EU flower).
Steelcut Trio, a 90% wool / 10% nylon seating upholstery, has a special weave designed to create a three-dimensional surface resembling small pyramids or steel points. The elegant pattern is now available to order as a Price Grade 7 seating upholstery in the Americas and in 16 color options.
The Cogent™ Group
The Cogent™ Group is a collection of Steelcase textiles creating sustainable results through thoughtful design. The Steelcase seating and panel fabrics that make up The Cogent™ Group are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold.
Connect, Geode Seating, Geode Vertical, and Trails are the 4 patterns that make up The Cogent™ Group.
Some of our fabrics are made using 100% polyester, using antimony-free* yarn. These materials, like Buzz2 and Alloy, provide preferable alternatives for the purist in all of us.
*Yarn used in making this material contains less than 100 parts per million of antimony.
FSC COC Certification
Our harvesting practices are just one ofthe steps in achieving Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification. Chain of Custody is the path taken by raw materials through processing, manufacturing, and distribution.
This certification is more for our customers than for us—we already know our wood products are made from well-managed forests with sustainable harvesting practices. The certification guarantees to customers this is the case.
From the time the wood arrives at our plant, through manufacturing, and until it’s loaded for delivery, FSC COC certification assures customers the product is made responsibly and entirely with certified wood.
Gaja – Cradle to CradleCM
Gaja is a solid, sustainable, woolen fabric that is available to order as a Price Grade 3. It is the first European, pure-wool upholstery to gain Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). Gaja – Cradle to CradleCM fabric also complies with the Oeko-Tex label and the EU ecolabels (EU flower).
The Cogent™ Group
The Cogent™ Group is a collection of Steelcase textiles creating sustainable results through thoughtful design. The Steelcase seating and panel fabrics that make up the The Cogent™ Group are certified Cradle to Cradle™ (C2C) Gold by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC).
Resources + Support
Surface Materials Spec Guide
View the Surface Materials spec guide for additional details including what works on what, the global palette conversion chart, and more. In the spec guide, you will find:
- Global Color Conversion Chart
- Global Paint Availablility Matrix
- Global Laminate/Melamine Availability Matrix
- Global Plastic Availability
- Global Textile Availability Matrix
- What Works on What for both seating and systems + casegoods