Steelcase has announced the launch of Umami™ a versatile lounge furniture system designed to create spaces where people feel an emotional connection.
With the “anti-corporate” backlash organisations are experiencing all over the world the Steelcase design teams have created Umami™ to create meaningful places that bring together design, performance and materiality – because how a space performs is just as critical as how it looks and feels. “Purposeful work deserves meaningful places,” says Michael Held, Design Director at Steelcase. “People want to feel a connection to the places where they work, where they can see themselves in the space, versus something that feels imposed upon them”, Held continues.
Informal spaces promote social interactions, stimulate the brain and enhance creativity. However, according to the Steelcase Global Report a quarter of the global workforce doesn’t have the work environment to socialize and have informal relaxed conversations with colleagues. Umami’s flexible, modular design can create settings unique to organizations and individuals. Multiple shapes, forms, patterns and textures promote variation over uniformity. A wide variety of material options are available, encouraging creativity and self-expression. Integrated power and sculpted design supports physical comfort and the ability to do meaningful work. Screens create a range of privacy and balance the desire for openness with the human need for solitude. These features make Umami™ one of the most versatile lounge furniture systems available.
Product Elements and Configurations
Umami™ is a lounge system engineered for durability and flexibility since its lounge, table, screen and technology components can link to form a variety of configurations (including straight, L and U shapes, as well as booths and cabins) and then unlock for quick rearrangement. This gives Umami™ the highest bandwidth in the lounge seating market. Additionally, its sculpted design, reclined back angle and seat depth provide a high level of performance and comfort for workers.
Availability and price
Pricing for Umami™ depends on the application and surface materials selected. The range will be available by fall 2018 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East Africa).