Inspiring palettes showcasing our Surface Materials pillars: performance, aesthetics, sustainability and cleanability.

View our full range of materials in our Finish Library and our Surface Materials Reference Manual.

New Materials

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Stencil is a bleach-cleanable fabric for panels and screens. Its visual ranges from a subtle linen-like structure to highly contrasting yarns that provide a bold graphic. Price Grade 2.

View Stencil in the Finish Library

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Satin Laminate is embedded with fingerprintless technology and has an ultra-matte finish that’s soft to the touch. Available in 4 neutrals on all products with high-pressure laminate as an option. Price Grade 3.

View Satin Laminates in the Finish Library

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Intersection is a screen and panel fabric exclusive to Steelcase. Available in 17 colors, we and manufacturer Duvaltex developed it in partnership with The SEAQUAL Initiative, which turns marine waste into 100% recycled products with full traceability. Each yard of Intersection fabric uses 1/2 pound of marine plastic. Price Grade 2.

View Intersection in the Finish Library

Material Cleanability

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All Steelcase standard soft surfaces can be cleaned with a simple 4-step process.

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All Steelcase standard hard surfaces can be disinfected with one of 5 EPA-approved, commonly available sprays.


Our Material Offerings: Standard, Select and Custom

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Standard Surfaces

Our standard portfolio features innovative, sustainable materials designed by Steelcase to suit any setting.

View Standard Surfaces in the Finish Library

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Select Surfaces

Steelcase graded-In materials are pre-priced for your convenience.

View Select Surfaces in the Finish Library.

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Custom Surfaces

Our Custom Surfaces program can support nearly any material, including fabric, vinyl, leather, laminate, paint and stain.

Learn more about COM options.

Healthcare Surfaces

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Healthcare Fabrics

We work closely with a number of textile companies to provide a complete selection of performance textiles – both standard and graded-in.

Steelcase Health fabrics

Health graded-In fabrics

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Healthcare Solid Surfaces

Steelcase Health’s partner for solid surfaces is Corian.

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Choice Performance textiles are an elite sub-set of performance vinyls and polyurethanes available through our vendor partners that have undergone rigorous testing above and beyond our standard test protocols with proven performance.

View list of Choice Performance textiles.

Global Palette

Laminates + Melamines
Textiles, Knit + Mesh



Create a Consistent Aesthetic

The Global Palette allows companies to create a consistent aesthetic in workspaces around the world.  All finishes are available to order on Steelcase products and are globally accepted.

The geographies represented in the Global Palette include the Americas – North, Central and South; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia Pacific. The offering includes a variety of material types: paint, decor and laminate, plastic, and textiles, knit, and mesh.

View the Global Palette




The paint options create the foundation of materials choice within the Global Palette. To ensure a balanced and complete offering, we’ve considered color family, value, range, neutrality and global trends.


  • Arctic White
  • Arctic White Gloss
  • Black
  • Champagne Metallic
  • Merle
  • Midnight Metallic
  • Nickel
  • Platinum Metallic
  • Sterling Metallic

Laminates + Melamines

Laminates + Melamines

Laminates + Melamines

Our global laminates and melamines are chosen to coordinate with the global paint offering. From warm to cool tones, the offering is made up of both solid and woodgrain patterns.


  • Acacia
  • Clear Maple/Natural Maple/Maple
  • Clear Walnut
  • Seagull
  • Clear Oak
  • Merle
  • Ash Noce
  • Bisque Noce
  • Clay Noce
  • Storm Noce
  • Ash Wenge
  • Bisque Wenge
  • Clay Wenge
  • Storm Wenge




From classic neutrals to fundamental color selections, the seating plastic choices coordinate with paints, decor and laminates, and other finishes in the Global Palette.


  • Arctic White/White
  • Aubergine
  • Black
  • Blue Jay
  • Canary
  • Chili/Chili Red
  • Citron/Orange
  • Concord/Purple
  • Element
  • Flash
  • Honey
  • Jazz/Navy
  • Jungle
  • Lagoon





  • Malt/Beige
  • Merle
  • Merlot
  • Near Black/Pepper
  • Peacock
  • Picasso/Baby Blue
  • Platinum Solid/Nickel
  • Purple
  • Royal Blue
  • Saffron
  • Scarlet
  • Seagull
  • Wasabi
  • Wasabi too/Apple Green

Textiles, Knit + Mesh

Textiles, Knit + Mesh

Textiles, Knit + Mesh

We offer a wide range of textures, patterns, colors and price ranges. Each pattern within the textile offering has global relevance, while also having successful regional history. The colors work well with the hard surfaces palette, making the offering easy to use.


  • 3D Knit
  • 3D Microknit
  • B-Free Knit
  • Buzz2
  • Connect 3D
  • Cogent: Connect/Atlantic
  • Era
  • Gaja- Cradle to CradleCM
  • New Black
  • QiVi Net
  • Remix
  • Reply Air Mesh
  • Silk
  • Steelcut Trio


Sustainability is a pillar of our surface materials strategy. With all of our material offerings, we strive for earth-friendly manufacturing processes and use of natural materials, post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content. Hundreds of our materials have environmental certifications.

We expect the same commitment from all of our partners and suppliers, so that together, we can help our customers achieve their own sustainability goals.

A few of our most recent surface materials sustainabiilty stories:

Steelcase’s New Black material is made of 100% recycled scrap fabric, 99% of which comes from our plant in Athens, Alabama.

Our Intersection fabric line was created as part of the SEAQUAL Initiative, which works with the waste management and recycling industries to transform marine litter into plastic. Every yard uses ½ pound of ocean plastic.

Our Clarity™ UV clear coat is a water-borne alternative to solvent-based coatings, while still providing exceptional durability, clarity and quality.

Bo Peep uses 100% wool – a natural fiber and renewable resource.

Gaja is a solid, sustainable, woolen fabric that’s the first European pure-wool upholstery to gain Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification

Our Relationship with Designtex

Steelcase purchased Designtex in 1988, and in the three decades since, our companies have collaborated on some of the most innovative textiles and wallcoverings on the market. Just a few examples:

  • Casper Cloaking Technology, an ingenious architectural film for glass walls that obscures digital screens to outside view
  • Designtex Celliant upholstery, a blend of naturally occurring, thermo-reactive minerals that capture and convert body heat into infrared energy, which has been clinically shown to increase local circulation and improve cellular oxygenation, as well as help regulate body temperature.
  • The Made to Measure program, where Designtex partners with the world’s leading artists, illustrators, photographers and designers to create customizable wallcoverings.
  • Numerous groundbreaking sustainable materials, including Loop-to-Loop (which utilizes cutting waste from Steelcase furniture)

To learn more about Designtex, see its page on our site or visit