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Steelcase Contributes to One of Only 4 LEED buildings in Russia

In all of Russia, there are only four LEED-certified buildings. Two are in Moscow, and one of those is the home of the regional headquarters of Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. Since utilities are heavily subsidized by the Russian government, many investors don’t see why they should spend extra on green construction. But for Siemens, like Steelcase, sustainability is a core value. Operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors across Russia, Siemens asked Steelcase to provide versatile furniture that helps contribute to the standards of its LEED Gold certification. Steelcase was more than happy to oblige. Now Siemens is proud of this landmark building in Russia’s capital, viewing its regional headquarters as a reference project that visitors are welcome to tour, admire and learn from.

excerpt courtesy of Steelcase.


Are You Ready for NY Design Week?

The most exciting time in Architecture & Design is upon us! We hope you can join us at these great events.

The 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, North America’s platform for global design, maps the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 18-21, 2013. 


NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines. It will bring together culture, education, commerce and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. Events will be staged across all five boroughs,from convention facilities and galleries to design schools and public parks. The NYCxDESIGN website will list details for all featured events. May 10-21, 2013

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The Human Chair

NEW Steelcase Gesture Chair Supports Texting & Other Modern Postures

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 chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. It was inspired by the movement of the human body and created for the way we work today.

Steelcase undertook a global posture study in 11 countries, observing 2000 people in a wide range of postures and uncovered nine new postures as a result of new technologies and behaviors. We studied how the human body interacts with technologies and how it responds as workers shift from one device to another. Research revealed ergonomic implications that, if not adequately addressed, can cause pain and discomfort for workers.

What’s your posture?


Two Minutes with the President

Chair Woman
Waldner’s president Meredith Waldner Stern was recently interviewed by Long Island Business News.

Excerpts from the article:

How have the needs of businesses changed in the last few years? I would say the biggest change in the industry has been technology and the integration of technology into furniture. It’s now part of everyday work, so furniture and technology, which used to be two different industries for a business, are now very often integrated or are one product. You used to just have conference tables, for example. Now there are conference tables that allow people to share content on their laptops. You plug into the conference table and the content comes up on screens, allowing you to have a work meeting sharing content instead of just looking at everyone else’s laptop or other devices. It’s all part of the table now.

Has the demand for office furnishings declined along with the sluggish real estate market and increase in telecommuting?I would say it’s changed. It’s changed a lot in that we offer different ways that clients can be more efficient and effective, whether that’s through telecommuting, or whether it’s not having a traditional workspace and having more meeting areas or shared workstations. In addition to office furniture, we are leaders in health care and education furniture, so there are a lot of other markets we can now call on.

What’s Waldner’s relationship with Corporate Workplace Services and how has that helped the business grow? We’re actually a founding member of Corporate Workplace Services. It’s a network of service providers. If we have a client locally who wants to furnish an office in another state, they are guaranteed the same level of service as locally. That’s really allowed us to expand. About 40 percent of our business came from outside the metropolitan area, so it’s opened up opportunities for us.

What are the best and worst parts about running a family business? The best part is that there’s a trust there and there’s a shared goal, and you know it from beginning to end, and that’s a huge plus in working with your family. The biggest challenge is leaving it in the office and having a family relationship outside of the office.

Waldner’s best-selling item? An ergonomic chair.

Two Minutes with Meredith Waldner Stern by
LIBN Published: March 18, 2013

60 Minutes Interview: How to design breakthrough inventions

Recently, the news program 60 Minutes visited renown global design firm IDEO to learn about design thinking, meeting with one of the most influential innovators of our time, co-founder David Kelley. See the interview, where Kelley describes IDEO’s partnership with Steelcase to reinvent the classroom and spotlighted Node seating.

As part of a suite of solutions intended to revolutionize the 21st century classroom as a flexible, active learning environment, Node makes transitions between learning modes quick and easy, whether engaging in a lecture, small group or full classroom discussion. Kelley highlights the importance of strong collaboration in the work his firm does and how applying diverse, collaborative minds on issues yields highly innovative solutions geared for human use. Design breakthroughs follow observations of human activity.

And it’s this human-centered design approach that Steelcase and IDEO used to create Node. “We watched these kids, and what is the main thing they need? The main thing they need is a backpack. And they’re fidgety and want to move around, so we put it on wheels,” said Kelley. “It’s about empathy, really trying to understand what they value.”