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A Visit to Steelcase Worklife Los Angeles

At an expansive 11,000 square feet of showroom the Steelcase WorkLife Los Angeles showcase floating above Downtown Los Angeles can be a bit overwhelming, the eyes battling to focus on the array of Steelcase office/work solutions while constantly wandering to take in the 360-degree view of Los Angeles high above from the apex of the AT&T Center. Design Milk was recently given a tour by Steelcase’s A&D workplace consultant, Danielle Razo, previewing examples of Steelcase’s V.I.A. system (Vertical Intelligent Architecture), Susan Cain Quiet Spaces (designed for introverts!), the Gesture task chair, and the newly refined Elective Elements workstations.

Steelcase's Danielle Razo shows off the lightweight construction of an upcoming guest chair.

Steelcase’s Danielle Razo shows off the lightweight construction of the the <5_MY chair from Steelcase’s Coalesse brand. Made entirely of carbon fiber, the stackable <5_MY weighs less than 5 lbs and can support up to 300 lbs.

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The newly opened show floor was designed by Steelcase Design Studio in partnership with Shimoda Design Group as an opportunity for a hands-on/sit down experience for customers, with designated rooms/areas strewn through the U-shaped showfloor dedicated to workstation lines, accompanied with an array of research data collected by Steelcase in the development of their ergonomic and collaboration-nurturing workstations. iPads, HD displays, and projection screens are peppered throughout, offering guests realtime incoming global data sent in by Steelcase customers, with slices of information related to how, where, and when we all work.

Hosu seating collection by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Coalesse, a work casual seating solution.

Hosu seating collection by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Coalesse, a work casual seating solution.

A posture study Steelcase conducted when designing Gesture task chair, illustrating the many new ways Millenials and older sit while working.

A posture study Steelcase conducted in conjunction with the development of the Gesture task chair, illustrating the many new ways Millennials sit while working.

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Recognizing the trend toward open workspaces yet the importance of privacy as a universal need for productivity, Steelcase has done a significant amount of research related to private enclaves, private meeting spaces, and private face-to-face enclosures.

Recognizing the trend toward open workspaces, yet the universal importance of privacy for productivity, Steelcase has done a significant amount of research related to creating private enclaves, private meeting spaces, and private face-to-face enclosures for break-off interactions.

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The Steelcase Worklife Los Angeles is located at 1150 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, with virtual visits available via the Steelcase WorkLife iPad app.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.