Further ahead

Allsteel Inc. has earned a 2013 Good Design award from the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Allsteel was awarded honors in the furniture category for introduction of Further.  

In designing Further, Allsteel called on IDa Design, led by Mitch Bakker. Further began as a concept to meet customers’ current needs and prepare them for changes in the workplace. Allsteel developed a system that redefines business strategy. This systematic approach allows for ultimate flexibility and reconfiguration, moving businesses forward with the ability to adapt to the future state of the workplace at a moment’s notice.  

Further is a powerful platform that is simple, elegant, and efficient. The trapezoid worksurface allows for flexible orientations and the freedom to transition from collaborative to focused work. The elemental design of the hub-and-beam structure allows for rotational freedom without the need for additional parts.

Submissions to the program were judged by a jury of design professionals, industry specialists, and design press on criteria including aesthetic in terms of innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, energy efficiency, and sensitivity to the environment.


Founded in 1950, the Chicago Athenaeum’s Good Design program is the world’s oldest and most renowned awards program recognizing designers and manufacturers who have advanced new and innovative product concepts and stretched the envelope beyond standard product and consumer design. For 2013, the Museum received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms from around the world. A jury of well-known architects, designers and design authorities judged the entries. 


Allsteel Inc., headquartered in Muscatine, IA, has been designing, building and delivering award-winning workplace furniture solutions since 1912. Allsteel continues its commitment to innovation with its extensive product portfolio, which includes movable glass wall offerings. Allsteel offers solutions designed to improve efficiency, foster teamwork, and deliver long-term value to increase the effectiveness of businesses. The company has Resource Centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Washington, D.C., as well as in Toronto. For additional information, visit www.allsteeloffice.com