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June 27, 2010, 11:14 am

FIT, MOVEMENT, & STORAGE: More on the Steelcase NODE (Interview with Sean Corcorran, Part 2)

Someone commented on the previous post asking how
different body shapes would fit in the Node. I recommend viewing this
video
because it shows real students using the chairs. You’re able
to get a sense of spacing. The nice thing about the tablet workspace is that
you can adjust it accordingly– it is fairly accommodating to each person.

 
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 I was in a classroom last week for a faculty training
session and these were the chairs we had to work with. If you want to talk
about limited space for Big & Tall take a look at the current era of chairs
on your campus.

 

“FIT, MOVE,
STORE”

Continuing my interview wit Sean
Corcorran, Director, Product Development & Marketing @ Steelcase
 

  • The big aspiration was to support active learning. That was
    the core theme they wanted to explore. As students and technology and teaching
    styles have changed, there has been a widening gap between classroom…

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June 16, 2010, 6:30 am

The story of the Steelcase Node: Sean Corcorran Interview (Part 1)

I’ve had the opportunity to work with both Steelcase and
Herman Miller. Both are icons in the furniture industry. What I really like is
their competition for the learning spaces marketplace. It drives innovation. It
propels new concepts forward. This is good because we get to witness the
advancement right before our eyes.

 

This competition results in research—research into unmet
needs. Here is a little history on one such project. I’ve been a fan of Node
since March
and I am grateful that Steelcase gave me an interview with
Sean Corcorran, Director, Product Development & Marketing, for
their educational division. On the same week that he’s talking with
business
week
 
and Metropolis
he found some time to fit me in.

 

Here is some of what he shared with me:

 

  • Before the Node, Sean was a product developer for 20 years.
    17 years at IDEO. He was there when it all began in the 1980…

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June 13, 2010, 9:43 pm

A glimpse into the future of the classroom: how the Steelcase node will change the way we teach

MONDAY

This week is NeoCon,
the big show in the furniture world. I really hope to make it out there someday
because I want to experience what’s new in the world of design. It would be
cool to check out Stride
Benching
and the Vox
Monogram
this year.

 

One new product that I am really excited about is the Steelcase
Node
. I hinted about this back
in March
but wasn’t able to reveal anything more at that time. Steelcase
has been really cool about it though and granted me an interview with
Sean Corcorran, Director, Product Development & Marketing,
Education Solutions (and former
IDEO guy.) They also gave me some prototypes and sketches that I can
share. I’m planning to do several posts this week about the node, but for now
let’s take a look at what it’s all about:

 

     
Node

My initial reaction was that it
looked kinda cool, but so what. It has the tablet-like arm, which they refer…

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March 30, 2010, 2:25 pm

The Secret New Steelcase Chair: I wish I could tell you more

Read about the Node (June 13, 2010)

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I saw a really cool furniture product today. Our Steelcase
reps were kind enough to bring it by. Unfortunately I can’t reveal anymore than
this:

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It is still semi-secret due to competitive reasons, but I
believe more info will be available publicly in May/June. Ask your local
Steelcase rep about it—they might be able to demo it for you, but they are keeping it under wraps, literally.

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I really hate to put up a teaser post like this, but I don’t
want to get my people in trouble. I know that someone at the Steelcase Headquarters reads my blog so let me know if I can reveal a bit more! 

ps: IDEO helped design it so you know it is awesome.

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Update. Well, I had a voicemail this morning from Steelcase asking me to remove a paragraph from this post. They were nice about it and didn't say…

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