Steelcase: Diversal modular office furniture

Diversal from Steelcase is a furniture solution which allows free-flow flexibility for the modern workplace.

Anchored by: Deepa Nair
Photographs: Courtesy Steelcase

Inspired by communal urban living, the latest collaborative workplace solution — Diversal — by Steelcase seeks to cultivate diversity and address the need for flexibility, both in how companies operate and how individuals work and collaborate. Diversal’s dynamic components (read modular office furniture) are designed to be easily reconfigured to accommodate a diverse range of needs, supporting both short- and long-term layout planning. From blade-shaped work surfaces that efficiently provide additional work space, to podiums that allow for break-out collaborations and a change of posture, the system offers a range of features that can be interchanged and combined to create the right environment.

To enable the sharing of ideas out in the open, zig-zag configurations encourage spontaneous collaborations, while interactive shelves can be added between colleagues to support paired collaboration. Movement enhances wellbeing in the workplace, so height-adjustable work surfaces and freestanding elements allow teams to vary their postures throughout the day. For specialist residents, including programmers, designers or financial analysts who require personal focus, customizable privacy options such as screens and dividers are available in varying heights.


A convenient access point for data and power, plus the ability to include fixed dual monitors and work surface partitions, amplify individual performance and provide an oasis of concentration. The system comes with a simple kit of parts and rich materiality — discreet, sleek and lightweight frame designs help to maximize space, while a host of fabric colours and metal finishes allow Diversal to seamlessly fit into any decor scheme.