A new era of hybrid work is here and it will require new kinds of spaces that create a sense of belonging and provide greater flexibility and performance to build a strong hybrid culture.
This seismic shift in how work happens, and the trust it will require, can be a catalyst for new ways of working and redefine how the office can reenergize and reconnect people. But to succeed, the workplace will need to change. People will want to see and feel that their organization is taking action to meet their new needs. It may be challenging initially, but there’s never been a greater opportunity for organizations to reset their culture.
Steelcase is introducing new solutions designed to give hybrid workers what they need now to create a great experience. These new products will be showcased at NeoCon in Chicago, Steelcase’s Learning + Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. and WorkLife Centers.
Beyond Comfort. Beyond Mesh.
People became more aware of the need for comfort as they sat in video calls throughout the pandemic and comfort was top of mind as Steelcase engineers and designers developed the new Steelcase Karman chair.
Steelcase Karman goes beyond other mesh chairs by delivering comfort in an entirely new way. Its 21st century design and engineering naturally responds to a body’s movement and weight and puts less pressure on your seat and back than many leading mesh chairs, providing ergonomic support for people of all shapes and sizes.
Its name was inspired by the Kármán Line, where the earth’s atmosphere meets space, weightlessness becomes possible and where going beyond becomes a reality. That spirit and feeling is captured in Steelcase Karman.
Steelcase Karman uses Intermix, a proprietary performance textile that uses patented Shrinx technology. Its exclusive weaving process creates ideal ergonomic support so it never sags or feels stiff. Intermix is a self supporting textile with spring, rebound and total stability. In combination with a flexible frame that eliminates stiff edges, people can comfortably sit any way they want — leaning or sitting sideways never puts pressure on the seat and back.
Unique from other mesh chairs, Steelcase Karman goes beyond black, white and gray. It offers 13 Intermix colors, a wide range of frame and base finishes and its unique weaving process offers diverse textile styles, including an all-new color shifting option. Steelcase Karman’s lightscale aesthetic looks great in the office or home – any place work happens.
Steelcase Flex Collection
Give Teams More Control Than Ever
Hybrid workers will expect more flexibility, privacy and control from their workplaces. The Steelcase Flex Collection now includes new products that keep collaborative teams humming and give individuals the privacy they need when working alone. Additions include:
Steelcase Flex Perch Stool offers a quick place to sit while actively collaborating at a whiteboard or screen, helping to keep you fully engaged.
Steelcase Flex Personal Spaces (coming early 2022) give people more control and flexibility. The highly-flexible workstations can quickly and easily adapt orientation to achieve the level of privacy you need — whether it’s for a video call or sustained heads-down focus time. An incredibly simple and flexible set of products makes changes over time fast and easy.
Empower People to Efficiently Book Shared Spaces
DeskWizard is designed for the hybrid worker. Scan the QR code at the desk or book ahead and reserve a free workstation. The booking process is simple, hands-free and managed from your mobile device. Have peace of mind that a comfortable workspace is awaiting you when you’re in the office.
Established & Sons
Bring Performance and Personality to Shared Spaces
To provide organizations with more choices for creating high-performance collaborative spaces and social spaces, Steelcase recently announced a new relationship with British design brand Established & Sons. Specializing in crafting innovative contemporary designs, the company is a well-known and respected brand that champions individual expression. In 2019, Established & Sons debuted products designed for the workplace, including the Grid Collection.
Part sofa, part lounge, part presentation space, the multifunctional Grid product family is a thoughtful response to changes in how we live and work. As people seek more places to informally and spontaneously connect or just grab a few moments to get some work done, the Grid Collection lives somewhere between furniture and architecture — providing seating as well as serving to divide and organize space.
To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment during NeoCon, visit https://www.steelcase.com/neocon.