Steelcase is signaling a new day in workplace design at NeoCon 2018, unveiling new innovative products, partnerships, an acquisition and compelling spaces. These introductions give customers easy access to more choices, helping organizations create great employee experiences in the workplace. The newly expanded and redesigned showrooms have already won International Interior Design Association (IIDA) & Contract Magazine’s 2018 Best of Competition and 2018 Best Large Showroom at NeoCon. Together, they celebrate the extensive range of Steelcase offerings — from the iconic new SILQ chair to collaborations with Microsoft and West Elm — bringing to life a new vision for the future of work.
It’s a new day – the work we do has changed and so should our office.
“Leading organizations are focused on growth, which means they need to drive innovation and adapt their culture to be more agile and creative,” says Jim Keane, Steelcase president and CEO. “All of the new products we’ve designed, our new collaborations and upcoming acquisition are part of a strategy to help organizations create a great employee experience where people will thrive. Our aim is to offer our customers easy access to more choices with unmatched service provided by our world-class dealer network.”
NEW WORKLIFE EXPERIENCE
For the first time, Steelcase, Coalesse and Turnstone, along with an extensive new network of partners, come together in expanded and redesigned showrooms on the east wing of the third floor of the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart. The showrooms have already been recognized for Best of Competition and Best Large Showroom at NeoCon 2018. Two distinct areas complement one another within the new showrooms: the Steelcase WorkLife demonstrates how a ‘smart + connected’ workplace can improve the employee experience and drive innovation, and the all-new Steelcase WorkCafé features a dynamic ecosystem of spaces designed to support the wellbeing of people and foster connections at work.
“High performing workplaces are feeling more like creative studios versus corporate offices,” said James Ludwig, vice president of Global Design and Engineering. “These showrooms are a reflection of the way work is changing today.” The WorkCafé was designed by Shimoda Design Group in collaboration with the Steelcase Design Studio, teaming up again to complete the vision begun with the WorkLife in 2008. Steelcase Health, Steelcase Education and Designtex complete the experience with all-new, expanded third floor showrooms.
Steelcase is featuring solutions from its growing network of global partners that is quickly becoming one of the largest in the industry. Recently announced collaborations in the U.S. and Canada include West Elm, Extremis, UHURU and SnapCab. These brands complement an already extensive Steelcase portfolio and existing partnerships with great brands such as BluDot, FLOS and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, among others.
Steelcase expects to offer a collection of west elm furniture with a distinct modern, residential sensibility throughout the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year. Additionally, the two companies plan to co-design, make and distribute new workplace solutions to meet the evolving needs of people at work.
SnapCab joins the Steelcase network of partners, offering stand-alone offices that are quiet, easy to install and relocate, and can be customized to suit any work environment. SnapCab will be available in North America.
Extremis, a renowned Belgian furniture design group offers a collection of products that focus on togetherness and celebrating life indoors and outdoors. The collection of Extremis products will be offered in North America with expected availability in late summer 2018.
Steelcase will offer contract furniture from UHURU. Uhuru is a multi-disciplinary design firm based in Brooklyn. Over the past 10 years, Uhuru has built a large-scale contract furniture division focused on elevating the workplace experience with furnishings focused on innovative, bespoke design that “add to greater good in the world.”
Blu Dot is a Minneapolis-based designer and maker of modern furnishings, spanning multiple home and office categories. The company was founded with the goal of bringing good design to as many people as possible by creating products that are useful, affordable and desirable.
Based in Spain, Viccarbe offers contemporary furniture designed by prestigious international designers for the home and office. Coalesse exclusively represents the Viccarbe Imports Collection which is an award-winning portfolio distinguished by great simplicity, innovate elegance and global brand awareness.
Steelcase recently announced an expansion of its relationship with Microsoft, furthering their shared belief that technology can make space more effective and that well-designed places can make technology easier to use. In collaboration with Microsoft, Steelcase is creating a system of easy-to-hang wall mounts and a lightweight rolling stand with the new Surface Hub 2 that give people true mobility to collaborate anywhere.
Hans J. Wegner’s designs are renowned for their generous comfort, practical functionality, and organic sculptural beauty. The unique partnership between Coalesse and Carl Hansen & Son brings handcrafted, high quality Hans Wegner designs imported from Denmark to the workplace.
The EMU Advanced Collection, from Coalesse, inspires fresh and inviting outdoor workspaces. Established in Italy in 1951, EMU is known for making exceptionally crafted modern furniture that is beautiful, durable and comfortable.
Steelcase also announced last week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Smith System Manufacturing Company, a Texas-based manufacturer of high quality furniture for the pre-K-12 education market designed to inspire better learning and improve outcomes for students.
Steelcase is also introducing a broad range of innovative solutions inspired by its in-depth research of people’s needs in the workplace.
The already award-winning SILQ chair is available to order today. A breakthrough in seating design, its patent-pending material composition and new manufacturing process is redefining the office chair. Its innovative materiality is both mechanism and artistry, delivering a personal experience by responding to the unique movements of your body. (Read more in Innovation Redefined)
Steelcase also unveils Mackinac (MAK-uh-naw), a range of furnishings that support the accelerated pace of work and help people move, think and feel better. Its unique, height-adjustable cantilever work surface allows people to quickly shift between individual focused work and collaboration without leaving their workspace. Mackinac furniture elements can create a series of distinct “microzones” to support diverse types of work, including rejuvenation, throughout a stressful day, all in a compact footprint for either an enclosed office or an open floor plan. (Read more in Finding Balance)
To help organizations create an inviting and comforting waiting or transition area, Steelcase Health introduced the Embold collection of seating and tables at NeoCon. Embold combines beauty with accessibility while offering a variety of sizes and material options for a wide range of people and spaces.
A freestanding screen from Turnstone that provides on-demand privacy in open office environments. Clipper comes in either a 72-inch height version or a 56-inch version, covered in fabric with optional contrasting colors, a magnetic closing system and handles for easy portability and storage.
Coalesse Pattern and Color programs enriche your design choices. Coalesse pattern includes a series of textural surface patterns drawn from nature – adapted from earth, sea, sky and water – which can be applied to LessThanFive or glass top tables through custom capabilities. Coalesse Color empowers designers to express their own color point of view through infinite color options on select products.
Materiality has the power to bring a warm, inviting sensibility to work. Coalesse Material Capabilities allows you to add sensory richness to the workplace — by expanding your material choices through our custom capabilities. New solid materials including select hardwoods, stone and composites are now available on select Coalesse tables through our Specials process — to make personalization easy.
Motif is a high-performance collaborative panel system that can be configured in countless ways to turn unused wall spaces into places where teams express and share ideas together. An array of sizes and colors allow for flexible compositions in a variety of locations. Motif panels are lightweight and easy to install.
Ology with Active Touch with Active Touch, designed to promote user movement and wellbeing, includes two control options: Simple Touch, which empowers people to effortlessly move the desk up or down without taking their eyes off their work, and Active Touch, which reminds workers to change posture with gentle desk motions. It also pairs with the new Rise app (available Winter 2018).
Amia Air offers a fresh take on our hardworking, versatile Amia task chair. A specially
engineered geometric design in the backrest offers flexibility—encouraging healthy movement and providing support for posture changes. With integrated LiveBack™ technology and a breathable, transparent aesthetic, Amia Air is ideal for busy people and growing organizations who excel at doing more with less.
Brody Desk is a high-performing private workstation designed specifically for the in-between spaces in corporate and education environments. As dedicated spaces for resident workers in open-plan offices, touchdown spaces outside in-demand project rooms or study carrels in busy student commons areas — Brody Desk provides people with moments of focus in high-traffic settings.
Sleek and slim,a3 CeramicSteel Sans is a frameless writing surface that appears as if it’s floating on the wall. With precision-cut, sealed edges and simple installation, it is a modern take on the traditional framed whiteboard. a3 CeramicSteel Flow is a framed, full-height writing system. With no vertical joint covers, this modular system is easy to install and configure.
SMART + CONNECTED WORKPLACE
Leading organizations are accelerating their digital transformation in pursuit of growth and innovation. The Steelcase Smart + Connected workplace is helping customers analyze and make sense of the relationship between their people, spaces and technology so their workplace can be more desirable and productive. It also helps people be more engaged and satisfied with their work. NeoCon showcases:
Smart + Connected Workplace
Workplace Advisor is a suite of workplace measurement and analysis tools that provides data and insights on space usage, revealing opportunities to optimize the workplace and improve the employee experience. Workplace Advisor is built on the Microsoft Azure platform. Live Map, also built on the Workplace Advisor Platform, lets people orient themselves to a space and immediately see what is in use and what is available.
NEW 360 MAGAZINE
Fast Forward, the newest edition of 360 Magazine, launched at NeoCon. Inside the latest issue, we share what we’re learning about how artificial intelligence, smart data and the gig economy will transform the future of work. Also, explore how data privacy takes on new dimensions as the importance of data as a business resource soars. And, hear from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams about their purpose “Comfort for All” that drives everything they do. The full magazine is online right now or listen to our 360 Real Time podcast all about this latest issue, Predicting the Future.
Steelcase invites you to the new Chicago WorkLife experience June 11-13, 2018 at NeoCon. If you won’t be in Chicago, you can follow along with exclusive Facebook Live interviews and live tours.