NeoCon 2018 has come and gone and for Steelcase, It’s A New Day.

From partnerships to innovative products, Steelcase had no shortage of exciting announcements at this year’s NeoCon. The showroom was bustling with excitement and activity as people took in the new WorkLife and WorkCafe on the 3rd floor of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. In a world where the workplace is constantly changing, Steelcase is making great strides to stay ahead of the curve and help create the spaces of the future.



Just in time for NeoCon, the Chicago showroom was completely redesigned to incorporate new insights on how people work. New products, finishes, and settings were added to the WorkLife to support residents in a variety of tasks. Using new products and technology, designers created a Smart + Connected Workplace that will allow employees to be more engaged and productive.

The Steelcase WorkCafe was created to give people an informal space to work and socialize. The space features ancillary solutions from the Steelcase family and a wide array of new partners. A large range of applications support residents whether they need to collaborate, socialize, focus, or rejuvenate.

The space was awarded Best in Competition in the IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition and named the Large Showroom category winner.



Designed for movement and transition, Mackinac (pronounced MAK-uh-naw) features a height-adjustable cantilever worksurface — a unique architectural feature — to support the natural ebb and flow of modern work. Like the Michigan bridge that inspired its name, Mackinac helps people connect and easily navigate from activity to activity. Distinct microzones support focused work, small group collaboration and privacy for rejuvenation.

Best of NeoCon Innovation Award in the Furniture Collections for Collaboration category



SILQ is a breakthrough in seating design. Its innovative materiality is both mechanism and artistry, and delivers a personal experience by responding to the unique movements of your body.

Best of NeoCon Innovation Award, presented by Contract Magazine, in the Seating Conference & Seating Ergonomic Desk/Task category.

2018 #MetropolisLikes Award, selected by Metropolis editors

Grand Award in Product Innovation from BUILDINGS Media


Brody Desk

Leveraging the success and research from the Brody Work Lounge, the Brody Desk gives users a private workspace that can be incorporated into various corporate and education settings. Brody Desk offers privacy, power and lighting options that support the needs of users during moments of focus or longer working sessions.



The Embold Collection of seating and tables from Steelcase Health helps organizations create a welcoming, comfortable waiting environment.  Durable and easily cleanable, Embold offers the best of style and function for hardworking healthcare environments

Best of NeoCon Gold in the Healthcare Guest and Lounge Seating category


Find App

Find App is part of Workplace Advisor Package that lets you quickly find and reserve available space. People waste 20-30 minutes a week trying to find a place to meet, and it can be even worse for managers and highly mobile workers. Steelcase Find helps by leveraging room information from Workplace Advisor so that workers can quickly enter their needs, view available spaces that meet those needs, reserve spaces on-demand and invite others to join them.


Rise App

The Steelcase Rise App syncs with height-adjustable desks and benches featuring Active Touch controllers for personalized wellbeing in the workplace. Rise reminds you to sit, stand and move throughout your day with gentle desk movements set at an interval of your choice. You can also use Rise to track how often you sit or stand throughout the day and view progress over days, weeks or months for help achieving your wellness goals.



After announcing partnerships with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and FLOS in the past few months, it’s clear that Steelcase is focused on creating relationships that expand their portfolio. At NeoCon, Steelcase debuted a variety of new partners that will help give people more control over where and how they work. From large outdoor furniture pieces to artisan throws and accessories, these partners each bring their own unique offerings. The new partners featured below focus on the hottest trends in design right now, ancillary furniture and phone booths.


The demand for enclosed spaces is high. Office pods are becoming the superhero solution to consistent problems in the workplace like noise, distraction and lack of privacy. In 2017, SnapCab introduced and won a Best of NeoCon award for the introduction of SnapCab Pod. Now Steelcase is the exclusive distributor of SnapCab Pods for corporate environments.



Founded in 2004, Uhuru is a multi-disciplinary design firm based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Over the past 10 years, Uhuru has built a large-scale contract furniture division focused on timeless, sustainable designs that elevate the workplace experience.



Extremis, a renowned Belgian furniture design group, helps Steelcase expand their outdoor offerings. The company’s ethos is derived from the quote: “Don’t make anything, unless it is both necessary and useful … and if it is, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” With that in mind, Extremis makes furniture suited for the outdoors and indoors in completely non-standard ways.


West Elm

In addition to access to West Elm’s current catalog, Steelcase and West Elm are teaming up to develop new ancillary pieces that will combine West Elm’s signature style with Steelcase’s knowledge of how people work.

Learn more about all of Steelcase’s partnerships here.