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Gesture is the first chair designed to support our interactions with today's technologies.


The New Sitting Experience
Inspired By the Human Body
Seat Adjustments

The New Sitting Experience

The New Sitting Experience

Gesture Recognition for the Body

Technology is the single greatest force driving the changes in the way we work, live and behave.

The new, multiple devices we deploy throughout our work day allow us to flow between tasks, fluidly, and frequently.

Gesture is the first office chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies.

Inspired by the human body. Created for the way we work today.

Inspired By the Human Body

Inspired By the Human Body

A New Sitting Experience

To design a new sitting experience, we stopped looking at chairs and started looking at people.

Understanding posture at work and how the body naturally moves caused us to ask, “could a chair act as a system, just like human body?”

This question caused us to fundamentally rethink how to design a chair. When we studied the full range of postures at work, we studied three key interfaces between the human body and their chair.







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The Gesture arm moves like the human arm, which allows users to be supported in any  position.

Arms and shoulder remain supported when texting on a smartphone, typing on a keyboard or swiping a tablet.

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The Gesture office chair back and seat move as a synchronized system, moving with each user to provide continuous and persistent support.
The back cradles the user no matter the posture or device being used.

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The Gesture seat brings comfort all the way to the edges. It is flexible at the perimeter to allow users to sit in a range of postures without obstruction.

Seat Adjustments

Seat Adjustments

Gesture chair – Adjustability

Gesture adapts cleverly to your natural movements and has simple controls that are easy to find, understand and use.



Until now, headrests have largely been an afterthought, but the Gesture headrest is integrated into the design. The design of the Gesture headrest takes into consideration features such as factors head size, neck length and desired range of motion into consideration.

Through this intentional design, the Gesture headrest not only provides comfort and support,  but also offers an unprecedented range of motion. This results in more choice and control over work postures.

Gesture headrest range of motion:

  • 15 cm range of height adjustment
  • 10 cm of forward and backward pivot movement
  • 90° of rotation
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Global Posture Study
Range of Devices
Range of Users
Range of Spaces

Global Posture Study

Global Posture Study

To best understand the body at work, we undertook a global posture study on six continents, observing over 2,000 people in a wide range of postures.

We discovered that new technologies combined with new behaviors led to nine new postures that are not adequately addressed by current seating solutions.

Range of Devices

Range of Devices

What We Learned

While technology boosts productivity, it can cause pain that disrupts our work, our ability to concentrate, and our creativity.

How might we design an office chair as advanced as today’s technology? A chair that augments our technology?

Range of Users

Range of Users

From body size and shape to gender and generation, each play a role in the sitting preference of each individual.

How might we support all users yet meet the postural preferences that exist within the workplace?

Range of Spaces

Range of Spaces

Range of spaces

We see work being done in a greater range of spaces within the office. We’re spending equal amounts of time at our desk as we are in collaborative spaces. We’re sharing desks, where one day a larger person might be using a chair and the next day a much smaller person.

How might we solve for multiple users sitting in multiple spaces throughout a day?


Life Cycle
LEED Contribution



Designing for Sustainability

We believe the only way to provide the best office furniture solutions is to ensure they’re the best products for the environment. That’s why every step of the way – through design, manufacturing, delivery and product lifecycle – we consider the impact of our work on people and on the environment and uncover opportunities to make things better.

30 %

Up to

recycled content by weight


92 %

Up to

recyclable by weight

Life Cycle

Life Cycle


Up to 92% recyclable by weight, depending on the options selected

Made of up to 30% recycled content


Gesture manufacturing uses powder-coated paints, water-based adhesives and VOC-free manufacturing processes

Our suppliers use reusable parts containers to further reduce waste throughout the manufacturing process

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To reduce packaging waste, the Gesture chair is blanket wrapped when possible (not boxed) for domestic shipment.


Designed for a long product life. Back cushions, seat assembly, and arms can be added, changed, or replaced at any time.

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LEED Contribution

LEED Contribution

Steelcase supports the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification system with products that can contribute to these LEED certification criteria.

  • Building Design + Construction
  • Interior Design + Construction
  • Operations + Maintenance

Since the USGBC and its certification partner, GBCI, evaluate each project individually, the role our products play in achieving LEED certification is unique to each project.

Gesture LEED Contribution

  • Recycled content
  • Regional materials
  • Rapidly renewable materials
  • Low-emitting materials
  • Innovation in design
  • Sustainable purchasing

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Certifications can help you choose products that are environmentally sustainable and just right for your project. Gesture has achieved the following certifications:

ANSI/BIFMA level Certified

Level 2
Level 3

SCS Indoor Air Advantage Certified

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Global Availability



Main options

1) The Core Interface.

  • The Gesture back and seat move as a synchronized system moving with each user to provide continuous and persistent support.
  • The back cradles the user no matter the posture or device.

2) The Limb Interface:

  • The Gesture arm moves like the human arm, which allows users to be supported in any position.
  • Arms and shoulders remain supported when texting on a smartphone, typing on a keyboard or swiping a tablet.

3) The Seat Interface:

  • The Gesture seat brings comfort all the way to the edges.
  • It is flexible at the perimeter to allow users to sit in a range of postures without obstruction.


  • Gesture takes into account various body types and sitting preferences, quickly adjustable to meet the needs of each individual user.
  • Users can adjust the Gesture chair as easily as adjusting their posture.

Global Availability

Global Availability

This product is available in the following regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South America
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North America – Spark Awards (Spark! Winner)

North America – Good Design Award

North America – Best of NeoCon (Gold Award)

North America – Product Innovation Awards

North America – Product Innovations Awards (Grand Prize)

North America – Best of Year Awards (Best of Year Honoree)


North America – Core 77

North America – HiP Award

Australia – Good Design Award

Germany – Red Dot Award

France – Préventica Innovation Award

United Kingdom – FX Award

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While teams are working from home, we’re working to keep them comfortable. You can lean on Steelcase as your one trusted point of contact for products that blend performance with design.

Due to local regulations, select products are available in the UK.

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