The Future of Work is Creative

Microsoft and Steelcase are introducing Creative Spaces-an immersive ecosystem
that brings together place and technology to
help people generate new ideas and move them forward.

Together with Microsoft, we intentionally designed each of these spaces to support the needs of individuals and teams as they move through the different stages of the creative process.

Focus Studio

A Focus Studio supports the alone time required for creative work, enabling focus while also allowing quick shifts to two-person collaboration with the use of a height-adjustable desk. It’s a place to let ideas incubate before sharing with the support of a Microsoft Surface Studio. These spaces can be owned or shared within a team and offer a controlled environment to get into flow and focus, free from distractions.

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Duo Studio

Working in pairs is essential for creativity. The Duo Studio is a shared space designed for paired co-creation at a Surface Hub as well as individual work on individual devices, such as a Surface Studio. The space and technology are designed for quick reviews and rapid iteration. Here, users can work side by side in a place that is comfortable, private and free from distractions.

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Ideation Hub

An Ideation Hub is a high-tech destination that encourages active participation at a Surface Hub with stool-height seating that provides equal opportunity to contribute as people co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates. These settings support generative collaboration sessions and promote the fluid interaction between people, ideas, tools and technology.

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Maker Commons

Socializing ideas and rapid prototyping are essential parts of creativity. These spaces encourage quick switching between conversation with lounge and perch seating, experimentation at standing-height tables and concentration in cocoon-like settings. People are naturally drawn to social spaces with appealing attributes such as comfortable seating, central gathering spaces, inspiring architectural elements and rich materiality. A range of fixed and mobile technologies support individual and group work.

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Respite Room

Creative work requires many brain states, including the need to balance active group work with solitude and individual think time. A Respite Room offers a place for the brain to rest, form new connections and access spontaneous thoughts. These spaces are designed to offer a relaxed posture with a personal Surface Book or Surface Pro4, lounge furniture and modular power distribution for charging devices within an environment that is private, protected and absent of stimuli.

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Designing for Creativity

Creativity is the fuel for innovation making it an essential ingredient for business growth. The Creativity Ideabook provides key insights and information around planning for creativity in the workplace, as well as greater detail on each of the Creative Spaces.

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Steelcase and Microsoft can help you develop a unique ecosystem of creative spaces that is tailored to the needs of your organization.

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Steelcase and Microsoft partnership

A decade or so ago, it was a prediction that was easily ignored. Now the trend toward more creative work is an idea whose time has come, and workplaces need to move forward, too. Steelcase and technology leader Microsoft have combined efforts to envision a workplace that accelerates the shift to creative work by supporting all the conditions it needs to thrive.

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Microsoft Envision Highlights Steelcase Creative Spaces

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