Furniture maker partners with design firm


A table and chairs by Uhuru Design. Courtesy Steelcase

A local furniture maker will begin offering a new sustainability-focused portfolio this fall.

Grand Rapids-based Steelcase is expanding its partnership in North America with Brooklyn, New York-based Uhuru Design, a company known for using reclaimed materials to produce high-end residential and commercial furniture, according to Steelcase last week.

Steelcase will offer customers ancillary furniture from Uhuru this fall, and in 2020, it will add the full Uhuru product portfolio, including its line of contract furniture solutions.

The agreement builds on Uhuru’s successful foray on the Steelcase Marketplace, an online hub for designers to browse, collaborate, plan spaces and buy furniture.

“Since launching our relationship with Uhuru last year, we’ve heard from architects, designers and clients who are eager to have complete access to their furnishings,” said Joel Schellhammer, VP of partnerships and integrations, Steelcase.

“We’re delighted to bring the distinct, bespoke and high-end aesthetic of Uhuru products to more workplaces around the world.”

Jason Horvath, co-founder and CEO of Uhuru, said his company is “excited” to grow its partnership with Steelcase to bring its full collection to "all areas of the workplace.”

“For the past 15 years, we have built collection after collection by finding and designing around materials with rich histories, whether it be salvaged Coney Island boardwalk planks or reclaimed Kentucky bourbon barrels," Horvath said. "We’re thrilled more organizations will be able to access these kinds of storied designs in the workplace.”

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