About Steelcase

Who We Are
Our Heritage
Our Values
Our Locations

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.

Inspiring Spaces

Our Heritage

Our Heritage

History

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.

Our Values

Our Values

Our Values

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
  • Excel

Quick Facts

Founded 1912
First Patent 1914
Number of Employees 12,000
Number of Dealers Over 800
Revenue $3.4 billion (FY19)
Brands Steelcase, Steelcase Health, Steelcase Education

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Executive Officers + Board of Directors

A commitment to excellence, creativity and innovation. Take a moment to meet some of the leaders who shape our vision.

Executive Officers

Board of Directors

Recent News

October 11, 2018

Steelcase to distribute Officebricks in Europe, Middle East and Africa

New relationship delivers modular, high quality acoustical solutions with extreme speed and simplicity of installation

September 20, 2018

Steelcase Acquires Orangebox, UK-based Maker of Alternative Furniture and Settings for the Changing Workplace

Acquisition builds momentum as the company continues to expand its solutions to support the new ways teams are working.

August 2, 2018

‘Switching off’ over the Summer Holiday Period

Despite there being a lot of commentary on the importance of switching off whilst on holiday, Steelcase has found that, in order to truly secure a productive and mentally sound workforce all year-round, being able to take regular intervals away from the tasks of the day-to-day office routine, is crucial.

July 3, 2018

Five Lessons Corporates can learn from the Start-Up Culture

London, UK: 3 June 2018, Steelcase, when developing its latest modular office desking system Bivi, researched start-up businesses to see

May 30, 2018

Bringing the Startup Culture into the Office: Steelcase presents Bivi

Steelcase introduces Bivi, a new, configurable desking system – now available in EMEA – featuring a unique design that can bring the startup culture into any workplace. More than just a desk, the innovative desking solution supports change within organisations.

April 26, 2018

Share It Collection: Bringing the Benefits of the Private Office to the Open Plan

Share It Collection is now available in EMEA. The diverse collection of desks and storage elements can be combined in a variety of ways to create smart work environments for the way people work today.

April 18, 2018

Steelcase launches Series 1 for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

Steelcase will provide the architecture and design community with an exclusive opportunity to experience their latest innovations by opening its showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week in London (22 – 24 May).

January 30, 2018

Steelcase Introduces SILQ: An Innovation in Seating Design

Today Steelcase revealed SILQ™, a chair that transforms seating design. Through an innovation in materials science and a patent-pending process, Steelcase designers and engineers created a new high-performance polymer material that emulates the qualities of carbon fiber at a mass market price.

January 15, 2018

Steelcase comments on Blue Monday

Business leaders should use 2018 as a year to implement policies and practices to ensure a greater sense of wellbeing among their employees. Steelcase’s Global Workplace Report found only 9 percent of disengaged workers thought their organisation cared about their wellbeing.

January 10, 2018

New Year, New Colour: Which shade belongs to 2018?

2018 is here and with a new year, a new ‘colour of the year’ arrives – be that from Pantone, who have selected a bright ‘Ultra Violet’ or the increasingly influential Dulux, who opted for a dusky pink.

December 21, 2017

All businesses want for Christmas is…

Seven things Serena Borghero, Director of EMEA Research Communications at Steelcase, thinks should be on every business’ wish-list this year to help you grow, learn and become more creative in the New Year.

December 11, 2017

Steelcase leadership on stage at the 9th Global Drucker Forum

Steelcase Senior VP Guillaume Alvarez took the stage to speak about leadership principles at the 9th Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna. Bringing together some of the world’s brightest leaders, this year’s conference focuses on management challenges at a time when organizations worldwide are struggling to grow in a disruptive environment.

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