A local furniture maker has announced a new partnership with Microsoft.

Grand Rapids-based Steelcase said today it has entered into a partnership with Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft to “explore the future of work” and develop a range of technology-enabled spaces designed to help organizations “foster creative thinking and better collaboration.”

As part of the announcement, the companies unveiled five new Creative Spaces that are on display at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York, which “seamlessly integrate” the "best of Microsoft Surface devices" with Steelcase architecture and furniture.

“We are facing a time of unprecedented change at work,” said Sara Armbruster, VP of strategy, research and new business innovation, Steelcase. “Through this partnership, we will bring together space and technology to help workers and organizations solve the workplace challenges they face today and in the future and ultimately perform their best at work.”

Ryan Gavin, GM of Microsoft Surface marketing, said the future of work “is creative.”

“With Steelcase, we have the compelling opportunity to blend place and technology into a seamless environment that allows our most important asset, our people, to unlock their creativity and share that with others,” Gavin said.

Steelcase also announced that Microsoft is expanding its partner network into the world of design by bringing in select Steelcase dealers as authorized Surface Hub resellers and that the companies are working together to develop technology-enabled workplace solutions built on Microsoft Azure Internet of Things, or IoT, technology.

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