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Furniture maker wins Edison Award

April 28, 2016
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Steelcase’s Brody product line blends open, collaborative environments with heads down, distraction-free environments. Courtesy Steelcase

A product by a local office furniture maker that helps workers maintain their focus has been recognized with an international innovation award.

Grand Rapids-based Steelcase said yesterday that its Brody WorkLounge, which was introduced last year, has received a silver award for innovation at the 2016 Edison Awards.

The Edison Awards, produced by the nonprofit Edison Universe, “celebrate the best in innovation and development of new products and services” and are named for Thomas Alva Edison, whose inventions, product development methods and achievements garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, according to Steelcase.

The Brody WorkLounge is a micro-environment designed for the “brain and the body.”

Markus McKenna, design director for Steelcase, said Brody was designed to create a cocoon-like space that makes it “easier to focus your attention, get into flow and get work done.”

"Maintaining focus is a costly problem for workers and students today,” McKenna said.

Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards, said the judges recognized the Brody WorkLounge as a “true innovation” out of many products in its category.

More than 3,000 business executives, including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering and science made up the panel of judges.

Steelcase said Brody has been recognized with nine awards for design and innovation since it was introduced last April.

Other top awards Brody has received include "Best of Year" by Interior Design magazine, finalist standing in the Spark Awards and the popular vote winner of an Architizer A+ award.

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