People are rejecting the uninspiring sea of sameness that has come to be known as the office. Instead, they want informal, authentic and inspiring spaces where they feel an emotional connection. They want the freedom to choose where and how they work.

This cultural movement is redefining the corporate workplace—from a singular focus on efficiency, towards a pluralistic approach that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people.

Organizations are listening. They’re creating thoughtfully-curated workplaces that have become destinations where people want to work. Places where you can work in a café with your feet up or sit at a desk and focus. Where you’re able to work alone or together, with access to everything you need to actually get work done.

Purposeful work deserves meaningful places that bring together design, materiality and performance—because how a space performs is just as critical as how it looks and feels.

The New Office: The Demand for Inspiring, Un-corporate Workspaces

What we once knew as the standard office has come and gone. People everywhere, in all markets and industries, are radically rejecting the typical corporate office. In its place are spaces that feel like home – inspiring, authentic and not so buttoned up. These meaningful spaces project a different brand and less corporate feel, are emotionally comfortable and thoughtfully curated so people can focus alone or work creatively together. It’s a new day and a new work order.

What this means to us is, the way we work is significantly shifting; we’re experiencing an office renaissance if you will. People no longer want what they define as ‘corporate,’ but as something fundamentally different. They want a place that drives work forward but that looks like The New Office.

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Design Inspiration



As organizations continue to seek and create informal, authentic and inspiring spaces, we have designed this book to showcase how the Steelcase family of brands can respond with spaces that blend design, materiality and performance.

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