November 4, 2020

Steelcase Introduces 40 Innovative Office Products Designed to Navigate the ‘New Normal’

Steelcase products are used to create this meeting setup, from the table and chairs to the white board and shelving unit. Photography courtesy of Steelcase. 

As the A&D community plans for the return to the workplace, designers are keeping their eyes peeled for products and furnishings that allow for safe collaboration and employee autonomy.  By combining the benefits of in-person communication with the spatial flexibility and comforts of home, American furniture producer Steelcase recently introduced 40 products, ranging from standing desks to plush sectionals, designed to meet the demands of contemporary offices.

Nomadic Tents feature rounded screens, creating artful boundaries. Photography courtesy of Steelcase. 

Partnering with designers across a range of disciplines, each of the brand’s new products seamlessly blends form and function, enhancing the modern office with stylish solutions. For example, the Marien152 chair, designed by Eric Levi, combines the ergonomics of a task chair with the comfort of a living room lounger. And when it came to creating Work Tents to stave off visual distractions, renowned outdoor equipment designer Chris Pottinger lent his knowledge to optimize the airflow regulation within them.  

Active Frames decorated with plants and panels discreetly hide storage boxes. Photography courtesy of Steelcase.

Embracing the confluence of the physical and the digital, Steelcase now makes it possible for designers to create a conference room without four walls. Active Frames can be used as a foundation for zone planning while providing storage with the option to attach white boards and decorative elements to each frame, elevating the space. Additionally, Steelcase has partnered with Microsoft® to create integrated wall mounts specific to its Surface series products. Though timelines for the return to the workplace remain uncertain in much of the world, the new line of products by Steelcase equips designers with the tools to outfit any space, so it’s ready when we are.

A Pod iteration of the Work Tent was conceived to shelter workers from the distracting elements of the office while providing privacy. Photography courtesy of Steelcase.

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