not to last, not to sustain. There’s a consciousness about environmental
stewardship, but it’s also about a professional liability issue.”
Accomplishing good design is a delicate dance—perhaps playful at times,
but brutal at others. The real measure of success is whether the space
engages workers and enhances their work.
“Architecture and interior design is all about achieving the best balance of
proportions, materials, sustainability, and all those things. And this project really
does allow the furniture to do what it needs to,” Graham said. “It aspires to
hit those basic, elemental goals. It all works together.”
Steelcase’s purpose as a manufacturer of furniture and an employer of
design-minded professionals is to unlock human promise by creating great
experiences wherever work happens, explained O’Connor. His goal is to
make that purpose evident.
“With the Toronto WorkLife Center, we tell our story and encourage our
staff to be excited about their environment. That excitement carries over to
our guests,” he said. “Rather than only positioning product, our showroom
space allows staff to share their own experiences. That authenticity impacts
the experience of our visits and benefits everyone.”
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BELOW Visitors can take in displays of Steelcase offerings, or they
can pop around the corner and try them out for themselves.