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1958

1300 Line Desks Introduced

Steelcase introduces the 1300 Line of contemporary desks, credenzas, and cabinets. The 1300 Line is the first desk to offer either a stainless steel binding on the top edge or a Textolite self-edged top....

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1960

2200 Line Desks Introduced

The 2200 Line is the industry’s first furniture with flush drawer pulls, tambour-door cabinets, and letter-/ legal-size modular cabinets with guaranteed drawer alignment. It is the only flush-type design...

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06/19/1974

430 Chair Introduced

The Series 430 office chair, called "The chair that loves people," is introduced at NeoCon. It sets a new standard in office seating design through the use of comfort contouring, driven by the increasing...

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Products
06/2015

Brody WorkLounge Launches

Our research reveals that one of the things people need most is choice and control – over where and how they work, but also over the type and level of stimuli around them. Brody is a part of our solution...

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2001

Cachet® Chair Introduced

The Cachet® chair, designed by Peter Jon Pearce, is introduced. It is an ergonomical, stackable chair designed for healthcare and research applications where comfort and cleanability are key; Cachet is...

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1989

CDC Opens: Context® Furniture Installed

The Steelcase Corporate Development Center, a pyramid-shaped facility for research and development, opens.  This building was designed to increase collaboration and includes Steelcase's new curvilinear...

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2009

Collaboration Solutions Introduced

Steelcase launches a set of collaborative solutions including: c:scape®, media:scape® (pictured), i2i®, and cobi®. These products are designed to help people connect more easily with each other and...

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01/2012

Collaboration Tools for Active Learning Environments Introduced

At the Consumers Electronic Show held in Las Vegas, Steelcase introduced media:scape mini and media:scape mobile as a way to adapt to the changing learning environment. After years of research, it has...

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1989

Context® Introduced

Context, a free-standing furniture system, is introduced. Context components allow a few modular pieces to be combined to yield a great variety of workstations and islands.  Our promotional video launch...

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1952

Convertibles Introduced

Metal Office Furniture Co. introduces Convertibles. These products provide users with more storage space, wider knee-space and greater stability for electric typewriters and calculating machines, while...

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09/13/1961

Datacase Introduced

At the 50-Year Anniversary Dealer Meeting, “Accent on Excellence,” a complete line of Datacase data processing auxiliaries is announced. This line is designed to accommodate the requirements of customers'...

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1924

Desk Strength and Durability

The 621 desk is designed to be fireproof and because of our manufacturing process, is able to support up to 6,000 pounds. Steel furniture is gaining acceptance, and this is Metal Office Furniture Co.’s...

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1991

Details® “Wastebasket” Introduced

A fire-retardant wastebasket composed of 100% recycled content is developed by Details® and called "Wastebasket." It is made of high-impact polystyrene derived from post-consumer waste. The unique product...

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Sustainability
03/1959

Electrical Connections in Desks Introduced

Steelcase introduces back panels for desks that include an apparatus board for electrical and telephone connections. Our Swingstallation back panel allows for easy access to the apparatus board.

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2010

Flexframe Workwall Introduced

Steelcase launches the Flexframe Workwall, which activates vertical space for storage, display and the integration of technology.

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1956

Flight Line Desks for the Office of the Future

Steelcase introduces the Flight Line of desks – square-cornered, contemporary-designed steel desks with one-inch square tubular legs exposed top to base. Flight Line reflects the Space Age zeitgeist...

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1971

Gardner Leaver Chair Introduced

The guest chair designed by Gardner Leaver is introduced at the third annual NeoCon. Also designed by Leaver, are matching tea and coffee tables.

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02/25/2013

Gesture Chair Launches

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.  

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1999

Leap® Chair Introduced

Leap®, a revolutionary, high-performance task chair, is introduced. Leap seating technology has 23 issued and pending patents. Because of revolutionary LiveBack® technology that separately supports the...

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circa 1914

Liberty Bond Boxes Introduced

Metal Office Furniture Co. begins manufacturing Liberty Bond Boxes for Swift & Company to use as a premium.  After the Swift contract expires, we add the bond boxes to our regular production line,...

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1968

Mobiles Introduced

Steelcase introduces the Mobiles office suite – merging  Multiple 15, Sunshine Styling and Convertibles. Coupled with Movable Walls (panels that efficiently divide space for workers in an open office...

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04/28/2011

NanoSphere Finish Added to Designtex® Finishes

After four years of development, DesignTex® is the first company in the U.S. contract market to add NanoSphere to its repertoire of textile finishes. NanoSphere features a natural self-cleaning benefit...

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Sustainability
06/2010

node® Chair Introduced

The node® chair, a collaborative effort between IDEO and Steelcase, launches. The first product from Steelcase Education Solutions, it is an active learning classroom solution by enabling mobility and...

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1975

Paperflo® Introduced

Paperflo®, the industry’s first modular paper-handling system for use with systems furniture, is introduced. A key attribute is keeping work accessible. Timothy, a cartoon tiger, is one of many successful...

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03/11/1998

Pathways® Introduced

Pathways®, a first-ever portfolio of products integrating furniture, worktools, technology and interior architecture, launches. The Post and Beam architectural framework and Privacy Wall products redefine...

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1999

Please Is Europe’s Best-Selling Office Chair

Please seating (pictured) launches in Europe. With independent support for both the thoracic and lumbar regions, Please is the only chair with two separate backrests. Other globally influential products...

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1986

Sensor® Chair Introduced

The Sensor® chair is introduced at NeoCon. An ergonomic chair scaled in three sizes, Sensor is designed to sense and support the body’s movements. Developed in concert with West German designer Wolfgang...

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1973

Series 9000® Introduced

Steelcase introduces Series 9000®, soon to become the world’s leading systems furniture line and garnering multiple awards. With the explosion of the "white collar" worker and computerized offices,...

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circa 1932

Specialty Desk Introduced

The growing office industry creates new demands for worksurfaces.  Metal Office Furniture Co. introduces the Burroughs machine desk, designed specifically to accommodate the Burroughs adding machine....

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1963

Steelcase Coordinated Offices Introduced

A national advertising campaign introduces Steelcase Coordinated Offices (SCO). The message: Steelcase can meet all office furniture needs, including color coordination and installation.

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1953

Sunshine Styling Color an Industry First

Metal Office Furniture Co. expands the palette for metal office furniture with Sunshine Styling. The new colors, inspired by David D. Hunting’s trip to Arizona, are Desert Sage, Blond Tan, Mist Green,...

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06/10/2014

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase were the result of Steelcase research and insights combined with Susan Cain's book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking." In order to...

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1934

Suspension File Patent

Metal Office Furniture Co. patents suspension file cabinets and introduces double-wall drawers for added ease and durability.

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2004

Think® Chair Introduced

The Think® chair is launched at NeoCon in the U.S. and at Orgatec in Germany. Marketed as "a chair with a brain and a conscience," this 99% recyclable chair is developed by a project team made up of Steelcase...

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05/1996

TNT™ Furniture System Introduced

TNT™, the newest furniture system from Steelcase Strafor with elegant styling for the European market, is introduced. TNT becomes Strafor's best selling desking system (pictured is TNT*, an evolution...

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06/2013

V.I.A. Launches in North America

Steelcase launches V.I.A. ™, vertical intelligent architecture, designed to create spaces that help fuel the innovation process, in June 2013 NeoCon.  V.I.A. hosts the latest large-scale video and display...

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1928

Victor Desk Tray Introduced

The Victor desk tray, a new member to the Steelcase Business Equipment family, is introduced joining the Victor Wastebaskets and the Liberty Bond Boxes. Two sizes are available for purchase and the trays...

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1914

Victor Wastebasket Introduced

The introduction of the Victor, a steel wastebasket, is a win-win for all parties. This fireproof product quickly becomes a top seller for Metal Office Furniture Co. Due to the low manufacturing costs...

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1955

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