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Steelcase

The Michigan-based furniture maker Steelcase has a long and distinguished history, but collectors focus on its works from the 1950s to the ’70s, when, along with such companies as Knoll and Herman Miller, the firm helped define the aesthetics of American mid-century modernism.

     Steelcase was founded in Grand Rapids in 1912 as the Metal Office Furniture Company, promoting steel desks and other furnishings as safer, fireproof alternatives to wooden pieces at a time when smoking in the workplace was common. Boston’s first skyscraper — the 32-story Customs House—was furnished by the company in 1915. Frank Lloyd Wright turned to the firm in 1937 to fabricate the enameled metal chairs and desks for his Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

     In the 1950s, when Steelcase formally adopted the name it still uses today, the company developed a sleek and functional style employing rectilinear chrome frames for glass-topped tables and upholstered seating pieces. The look is similar to that of the minimal, Bauhaus-inspired designs of Florence Knoll. By the 1970s, Steelcase had enlivened its styling, offering such pieces as chairs and side tables, designed by Gardner Leaver, with circular bases and curving supports. As you will see on these pages, Steelcase designs offer a perfect foundation for a modernist decor, with a touch of flair.

Average Sold Price
$1,692
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Materials
Set of Four Chairs by Steelcase
By Steelcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A minimal design made up of a chrome frame and brown vinyl seats allows these vintage chairs by Steelcase to be versatile in a range of settings. Made in the USA. Please confirm item...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Steelcase

Materials

Chrome

  • Set of Four Chairs by Steelcase
  • Set of Four Chairs by Steelcase
  • Set of Four Chairs by Steelcase
  • Set of Four Chairs by Steelcase
H 31 in. W 22 in. D 20 in.
Postmodern Steelcase Office Desk Dining Chair
By Steelcase
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural side chair by noted American furniture maker, Steelcase. The chair features an orange tweed continuous seat and back, with white plastic exterior shell, on chrome ...
Category

1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Steelcase

Materials

Chrome

2 Mid Century Steelcase Swivel Arm Chairs after Pollock for Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Steelcase
Located in New York, NY
2 swivel armchairs by Steelcase design after Charles Pollock, for Knoll. Each has yellow tweed fabric upholstery, with black plastic arms, dark gray plastic shell back, on chrome ped...
Category

1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Steelcase

Materials

Chrome

Post Modern Office Desk Side Dining Chair by Steelcase
By Charles Pollock, Steelcase
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural, ergonomic design office, side desk, dining chairs by Steelcase. The chairs feature yellow tweed continuous seats and backs, with dark gray plastic shells, on chro...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Steelcase

Materials

Chrome

Set of 6 Modern Scoop Stools by Steelcase
By Steelcase
Located in Pasadena, TX
Scoop stool by Steelcase. These stylish stools provide space saving while the durable polypropylene construction ensures many years of durability. Polypropylene base with orange upho...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Steelcase

Materials

Metal

  • Set of 6 Modern Scoop Stools by Steelcase
  • Set of 6 Modern Scoop Stools by Steelcase
  • Set of 6 Modern Scoop Stools by Steelcase
  • Set of 6 Modern Scoop Stools by Steelcase
H 32 in. W 20 in. D 19.25 in.
Steelcase Chrome Base Round Formica Top Mid-Century Modern Office Coffee Table
By Steelcase
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Steelcase chrome base round Formica top Mid-Century Modern office coffee table. Item features round formica top in faux wood grain, original label, very nice vintage item, clean mode...
Category

Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Steelcase

Materials

Steel

Pair Steelcase Space Age Lounge Chairs by William Andrus
By William Andrus, Steelcase
Located in Hingham, MA
Pair of space age lounge chairs designed by William Clifford Andrus and produced by Steelcase in 1972 for the Soft Seating Group. Seat width 19”. Seat depth 22”. These won the top ...
Category

1970s American Space Age Vintage Steelcase

Materials

Lucite, Leather, Fiberglass

Pair Modern Chrome Cantilever Chairs Oatmeal Hopsacking Steelcase Model 421 482
By Steelcase
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage pair of modern chrome cantilever chairs with original oatmeal hopsacking and black plastic armrests by Steelcase labeled Model #421-482. Beautiful condition, keeping...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Steelcase

Materials

Chrome

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Steelcase furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Steelcase furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Steelcase collection to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 40 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Steelcase were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture by Mel Smilow, Kroehler Mfg. Co. and Hickory Chair Furniture Company as additional options. The prices for steelcase furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $165 and tops out at $8,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,825.

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