Who We Are
Who We Are
Who We Are
Steelcase leads the way in creating great experiences by offering a range of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to help people reach their full potential.
Our comprehensive portfolio is anchored by three core brands: Steelcase, Coalesse and Turnstone. Together with our partners, we design spaces to help people work, learn and heal.
And because protecting the environment is in our DNA, we drive sustainable social, economic and environmental change through our decisions and actions. At Steelcase, we don’t just do what’s right, we do what’s best — for people and for the planet.
Established in 1912 as the Metal Office Furniture Company, our first patent for a metal wastebasket meant safety for office workers. In crowded cities where fires spread quickly, replacing wicker with steel was a lifesaving innovation.
Founders Peter M. Wege, Walter D. Idema and David D. Hunting built the business in Grand Rapids, Michigan–a city then known as “The Furniture City” because of its many wood furniture manufacturers.
By 1919 the company began to establish its dealer network, making desks, cabinets and other products available nationwide. Officially known as Steelcase Inc. beginning in 1954, the company grew globally and executed the largest single shipment in the industry in 1973, providing over 400 truckloads of furniture for Chicago’s Sears Tower. Steelcase became publicly traded in 1998.
We’ve been looking forward since the beginning. From our early years to 21st-century breakthroughs, Steelcase turns insights into innovations and pushes limits to transform and reimagine the workplace.
More than 100 years ago, our founders made a commitment to do business differently. Our seven core values ground us and push us to do more and be better every day.
At Steelcase we:
- Act with integrity
- Tell the truth
- Keep commitments
- Treat people with dignity and respect
- Promote positive relationships
- Protect the environment
Steelcase Releases 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report
Steelcase Inc. celebrates its global sustainability performance with the release of its 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report.
Steelcase Acquires Orangebox, UK-based Maker of Alternative Furniture and Settings for the Changing Workplace
Acquisition continues growth trajectory as Steelcase expands its solutions to support the new ways teams are working.
Steelcase Expands Relationship with Danish Design Company Bolia
The Bolia collection will be available in the Americas and Asia Pacific to offer
Steelcase customers easy access to unique, Scandinavian design choices
Steelcase to Acquire Smith System, Industry Leader in pre-K-12 Education Market
Steelcase today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Smith System Manufacturing Company, a Texas-based manufacturer of high quality furniture for the preK-12 education market designed to inspire better learning and improve outcomes for students.
Steelcase and West Elm Announce Plans to Partner
Steelcase and West Elm today announce plans to combine their expertise to create new kinds of workplace solutions to support the changing preferences of people at work. The two companies are finalizing the details of this new relationship.
Steelcase to Distribute Extremis Outdoor Furniture in North America
Steelcase announces a new relationship with Extremis, a renowned Belgian furniture design group with a collection of products that focus on togetherness and celebrating life outdoors.
Steelcase Education Announces 4th Annual Active Learning Center Grant Recipients
Sixteen educational institutions including traditional 4-year colleges and universities, a technical and community college, middle and high schools, an independent girls’ boarding school and even a self-proclaimed “UnSchool” – where students drive education outcomes – will be receiving an active learning classroom through the fourth annual Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant.
Steelcase Introduces SILQ: An Innovation in Seating Design
The company’s materials science breakthrough led to an all-new chair design that intuitively responds to human movement without the use of mechanisms.
Steelcase Recognized as Multinational Finalist in the Circulars
Today Steelcase announces the company has been named a finalist in The Circulars, the world’s premier circular economy award program. Open to individuals and organizations from the private and public sectors as well as civil society, the awards showcase advances that drive innovation and growth while reducing dependence on scarce natural resources.
Steelcase Named One of The World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine
Fortune has recognized Steelcase as one of its 2018 “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the Home Equipment and Furnishings industry sector. Steelcase earned the third spot in the category, alongside Whirlpool, Stanley Black & Decker, Newell Brands and other notable companies.
Steelcase Releases 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report
Steelcase Inc. celebrates its global sustainability performance with the release of its 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report provides a synthesis of qualitative reporting and quantifiable measurement of the company’s progress, with customers, dealers, suppliers and community partners.
Steelcase Education Grant Program Seeks Educators and Institutions Leading in Active Learning
Steelcase Education has announced it is accepting applications for the fourth year of its Active Learning Center Grant program. The grant invests in visionary educators and educational institutions that promote the advancement of active learning. Steelcase Education seeks to identify leading educators and educational institutions looking to implement and expand active learning initiatives by leveraging their learning spaces.