Patents Assigned to Steelcase Inc.
  • Patent number: 11561000
    Abstract: A lamp assembly includes a base, a support arm coupled to the base, a housing coupled to the support arm, a mirror supported by the housing, a light arrangement supported in the housing, wherein the base, the support arm, and the housing are reconfigurable between a first configuration where the housing is located vertically above the base and a reflective surface of the mirror is parallel with a worksurface, a second configuration where the housing is located vertically above the base and the reflective surface is perpendicular to the worksurface, and a third configuration where the housing is located at least partially rearward of the base and the reflective surface is substantially perpendicular to the worksurface. The lamp assembly may further include a support member configured to cooperate with the base to support a personal communication device, and a rotatable portion of the housing which controls a light intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Mark McKenna
  • Publication number: 20230016156
    Abstract: A lamp assembly includes a base, a support arm coupled to the base, a housing coupled to the support arm, a mirror supported by the housing, a light arrangement supported in the housing, wherein the base, the support arm, and the housing are reconfigurable between a first configuration where the housing is located vertically above the base and a reflective surface of the mirror is parallel with a worksurface, a second configuration where the housing is located vertically above the base and the reflective surface is perpendicular to the worksurface, and a third configuration where the housing is located at least partially rearward of the base and the reflective surface is substantially perpendicular to the worksurface. The lamp assembly may further include a support member configured to cooperate with the base to support a personal communication device, and a rotatable portion of the housing which controls a light intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Mark McKenna
  • Patent number: 11553797
    Abstract: A seating arrangement includes a back arrangement movable between upright and reclined positions, a linkage arrangement including a first link member comprising a portion of a seat arrangement, a second link member supported on a base, flexibly resilient front link members extending between forward portions of the first and second link members and being integral with the second link member, and a rigid rear link member extending between rearward portions of the first and second link members including a separate piece from the first or second link members, wherein the rearward portion of the first link member extends laterally in a first plane when the back arrangement is upright, and laterally in a second plane when the back arrangement is reclined, where the second plane is angled with respect to the first plane, and is positioned farther away from the base when the back arrangement is reclined than when upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: James N. Ludwig, Nickolaus William Charles Deevers, Kurt R. Heidmann, William Thomas Johnson, Bruce M. Smith, Mark William Spoelhof
  • Patent number: 11521355
    Abstract: A system and method for modeling visual and non-visual experiential characteristics of a work space environment, the system comprising at least a first emissive surface useable to view a virtual world (VW) representation, a processor that is programmed to perform the steps of (a) presenting a VW representation via the at least a first emissive surface, the VW representation including an affordance configuration shown in the VW representation, (b) model at least one non-visual experiential characteristic associated with an environment associated with the VW representation and (c) present at least some indication of the non-visual experiential characteristic to the system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Goetzinger, Jr., Kyle R. Dhyne
  • Patent number: 11510495
    Abstract: A seating unit includes a chair with a backrest and a hook assembly. The backrest includes a rear surface having an outwardly protruding rim. The hook assembly comprises a cover plate and a weldment, and the cover plate may include a hook being integrally formed on an exterior face. The hook assembly is configured to be securely coupled on or within the outwardly protruding rim of the backrest, and a secure coupling between the hook assembly and the backrest is formed via insertion of a fastening member, which is inserted through an apertures on a bottom surface of the cover plate, such that the fastener is aligned substantially parallel to the rear surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Robert Machin, Mark Schneider, David O. Morton, Ryan Jerome Ramos, Mark Spoelhof, Jamie Payne, Daniel George Parker
  • Publication number: 20220369817
    Abstract: A chair assembly includes a base assembly, a seat assembly having a pair of side edges and a fore-to-aft extending longitudinal centerline, a back assembly movable between upright and reclined positions, and an arm assembly including an arm base extending from a first location between the side edges to a second location laterally outward of one of the side edges, wherein the arm base extends at an acute angle with respect to the longitudinal centerline and at an upward angle from the first location toward the second location, a support assembly supported by and extending upwardly from the arm base, and an armrest supported by the support assembly that is adjustable to support the armrest between a plurality of selected vertical positions, wherein the arm assembly and back assembly move at a different rate from one another as the back assembly is moved between the upright and reclined positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Battey, Todd T. Andres, Todd David Krupiczewicz, Kurt R. Heidmann, Gordon J. Peterson, Gary Karsten
  • Publication number: 20220361669
    Abstract: A cart assembly including a frame having a horizontal worksurface, a plurality of vertical support members extending upwardly from the horizontal worksurface and an upper rail spaced above the horizontal worksurface and connected to the vertical support members. The rail defines an opening at one end thereof. A screen is moveable between at least first and second positions. The screen is moveable through the opening and is supported in an interior space of the frame in the first position. The screen is disposed outside the interior space in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Allen, Charles Beasley, William Bennie, Justin G. Beitzel, Antonio Caballero, Robert Jeffers, Alban Moriniere, Penghao Shan
  • Patent number: 11500280
    Abstract: A system includes a view screen with polarized output. The view screen may include a projected view screen or writing-surface view screen. A window capable of blocking the polarized output at least in part cloaks the view screen to frustrate viewing of the view screen through the window. In some cases, the window includes an array of panels capable of blocking multiple polarizations. The array may disrupt multiple different polarized view screen outputs while maintaining transparency to unpolarized light. In some cases, the window capable of blocking polarized output may be paired with view screen cover that converts view screen output in an unblocked polarization to one of the one or more polarizations blocked by the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Graham
  • Publication number: 20220354259
    Abstract: A body support assembly includes a moveable body support member coupled to a deflectable suspension material. Methods of using and assembling the body support assembly are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolaus William Charles Deevers, Gordon J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11490051
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a virtual world conferencing experience wherein a first set of real world emissive surfaces and content thereon is replicated on virtual world emissive surfaces where the virtual world emissive surfaces are juxtaposed in a virtual world instance at locations and in orientations that replicate the juxtapositions in the real world arrangement and where the virtual world instance is presented on a second set of real world emissive surfaces at a virtual world workstation where the second set of emissive surfaces are arranged differently than the first set of real world surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas de Benoist, Francis Gerard Graziano, Mark Baloga, Paul Noll, Terry West
  • Publication number: 20220338637
    Abstract: A seating arrangement includes a seat portion, a back portion, a support member caused to move between first and second positions, and a back recline lock arrangement that includes an actuator, a lock member caused to move between a locked position when the actuator is in an engaged position where the lock member prevents the support member from moving from the first position toward the second position, and an unlocked position when the actuator is in a disengaged position, and wherein the actuator is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaged position when the chair back is in the reclined position, and the lock member is prevented from moving from the unlocked position to the locked position until the back assembly is moved from the reclined position to the upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2022
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolaus William Charles Deevers, Kurt R. Heidmann, Gordon J. Peterson, Russell T. Holdredge, Nathan Brock
  • Patent number: 11464341
    Abstract: A chair includes a base structure, a seat support structure, a back frame comprising a front surface, a rear surface and a forwardly extending bottom portion pivotably connected to the base, a biasing member biasing the back frame from a reclined position toward an upright position, wherein the biasing member is located entirely forward a rearward most edge of the seat support structure, and a back shell comprising a forwardly extending bottom portion connected to the seat support structure, a front surface, a rear surface positioned in front of the front surface of the back frame, a pair of laterally spaced side portions defining an opening therebetween, and a top portion extending laterally between and connected to the side portions, wherein each of the side portions are exclusively connected to the back frame at a first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Battey, Todd T. Andres, Todd David Krupiczewicz, Kurt R. Heidmann, Gordon J. Peterson, Gary Karsten
  • Publication number: 20220287466
    Abstract: A body support assembly includes a seat assembly and backrest assembly supported by a tilt control assembly. Methods of using and assembling the body support assembly are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolaus William Charles Deevers, Gordon J. Peterson, Nathan R. Brock, Mark Spoelhof
  • Patent number: 11443254
    Abstract: An apparatus for sharing information in a space comprising a first two dimensional outer emissive surface, a first two dimensional inner emissive surface, a support structure resting on and extending upward from the support floor, the support structure supporting the first outer emissive surface with a first outer surface bottom edge at a work surface height, a first outer surface top edge at a ridge height above the work surface height and supporting the first inner emissive surface with a first inner surface bottom edge at a valley height below the work surface height, a first inner surface top edge at a height above the work surface height, the first inner emissive surface spaced behind the first outer emissive surface by at least twelve inches to form a space between the first outer emissive surface and the first inner emissive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Baloga
  • Publication number: 20220284541
    Abstract: A system determines an object-design for a three-dimensional model of an object. The object-design may exhibit a design continuity. The system breaks the object-design in to spatial patterns corresponding to the discrete surfaces making up the outward surface of the object. The system then generates flattened patterns by projecting the spatial patterns into a two-dimensional plane. The system prints the flattened patterns on to designated regions of material sheets in an orientation that preserves the design continuity of the object-design. The regions may be extracted from the sheets and then joined at their edges to form a cover for object that exhibits the continuity of the object design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: John Hamilton
  • Patent number: D964347
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark McKenna, James Owen
  • Patent number: D964684
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Beasley, Penghao Shan, John M. Allen, Justin G. Beitzel, Alban Moriniere, William Bennie
  • Patent number: D966721
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark McKenna, Kevin Gillhespy, Mark Spoelhof, Brett Willink
  • Patent number: D972322
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Spoelhof, Alyssa Robert, Bruce M. Smith, Robert Scheper, Nickolaus William Charles Deevers
  • Patent number: D972323
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Spoelhof, Alyssa Robert, Bruce M. Smith, Robert Scheper, Nickolaus William Charles Deevers