Founded in 1912 as the All-Steel-Equip Co., Allsteel started out building metal enclosures used by electrical contractors. But the company’s lockers and steel cabinets proved to be so popular in offices that by the end of the Great Depression, the company expanded its line to include vertical files.
As steel became more available following World War II, Allsteel began producing steel desks that could be custom configured to meet a variety of individual or workplace needs.
But what really put the Muscatine, Iowa-based company on the map in the world of office design was the creation of the lateral file in 1967, which became a more space-efficient storage solution compared with the conventional vertical file.
Today, Allsteel strives to bring innovative and easy-to-use functionality to furniture design. Materials are tested to for their durability, recyclability and ability to look good through the furniture’s lifespan. And while there are a number of styles to choose from, Allsteel focuses on an overall classic look that they hope stands the test of time.
According to Allsteel, their furniture “is made to improve productivity, make offices more efficient, increase comfort, and make day-to-day tasks that much easier.”
The company produces a variety of furniture styles to meet your office design needs including panel-based work stations, private offices and more open-concept options.
Current lines include:
Stride (available in panels, design, benching and storage): This line offers flexibility with everything from panel-based workstations to private office spaces — it can be changed to suit your offices needs anytime. Other features include ergonomically-friendly, sit-to-stand work surfaces; rail-based, off-modular panels that can be easily adjusted to change office configurations; footed panels that improve airflow; and low-profile spanning glass to increase the amount of natural light. New: $9,000-$18,000
Terrace DNA: This line offers flexible workspace design solutions with a variety of product choices, as well as fabric and finishing options. Create light and open collaborative workstations or more private, closed-off areas. Design details include footed panels, glass screens, segmented tiles, a variety of storage options, power and cable management, and sit-to-stand work surfaces. New: $6,000-$9,000
Concensys: With it’s all-metal construction, this line is built to last. Slimmer panels and a variety of widths allow for easier planning, specification and installation, and a full selection of storage options can be easily integrated into each workstation. There’s also a quick-ship delivery option available. New: $3,000-$10,000
Involve: This line’s modular design can accommodate everything from private offices to open plans. Involve integrates well with both Stride and Terrace panel systems, and it offers other features like open-end support for a lighter aesthetic, a variety of privacy panels, and soft-seating to encourage spontaneous collaboration. New: $5,000-$25,000
If you like the design quality and durability that Allsteel offers, but don’t want to pay full price for new furniture, visit Arnold’s. Current inventory includes:
- An L-shaped workstation with glass, pedestals and neutral color that’s only three years old. Retail price is $5,500, but at Arnold’s it’s just $1,249.
- A high-tech workstation with glass-topped, perfect height panels, storage wardrobe tower, lateral file and maple interior and exterior. Retail is more than $10,000, but at Arnold’s it’s just $1,475.