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Steelcase Inc. Receives Five Best of NeoCon Awards and Best Overall Showroom for Nurture at NeoCon 2009

- Awards Recognize Outstanding Design Innovation in Casegoods, Seating, Tables and Fabrics -

CHICAGO, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS), a global office environments manufacturer, today announced that the Steelcase family of companies won five Best of NeoCon awards, including two Gold awards, and two showroom awards. Nurture(R), a Steelcase company and a leading manufacturer of furniture for healthcare environments, won the Best Large and Best Overall showroom awards. Products recognized with a Best of NeoCon award include casegoods, seating, tables and a rug collection, all of which are on display at this year's NeoCon 2009 World's Trade Fair for Interior Design and Facilities Management in Chicago.

IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom and Design Competition at NeoCon 2009

Sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Contract magazine, the 14th annual IIDA/Contract magazine Showroom and Booth Design Competition honors originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics in showrooms and booths at NeoCon 2009.

Nurture won Best Large and Best Overall Showroom, picking up two of the five available awards in the showroom design competition. Over 3,000 square feet in size, the Nurture showroom is a testament to the company's bold vision to shape and improve the future of healthcare delivery by making healthcare environments more comfortable, efficient and conducive to the healing process. Nurture's showroom was commended for authentically recreating a healthcare environment within The Mart and successfully showcasing the integrity of the product and what it does.

Best of NeoCon 2009

Sponsored by Contract magazine and celebrating its 20th year, the Best of NeoCon awards recognize the top new products introduced at the show. Steelcase Inc. received a total of five Best of NeoCon Awards, taking home two Gold awards, one Silver award, the Innovation Award and Editors' Choice Award.

The first of two Gold awards went to Denzien by Coalesse, Steelcase's premium life/work furnishings division, in the Case Goods: Desks & Credenzas category. Denzien is a new collection of casegoods that fit as easily at home as they do in the modern private office. This collection offers a more socially inviting space and bridges the gap of work and life by infusing insightful work process solutions. The elements of the multi-modal Denizen collection -- storage units, tables and desking -- offer unmatched functionality for seamless transitions and offer smart features that include self-closing doors and drawers and integrated, clutter-free technology access points.

Coalesse also received a Silver award for Emu Heaven in the Seating: Guest category. The guest chair is part of the 100% recyclable Heaven collection, a complete line of metallic woven indoor/outdoor furniture with well-balanced, refined proportions. The woven steel lightens the spatial presence of the pieces, making them appear weightless in comparison to their dimensions.

In addition, Campfire Table by Turnstone, a Steelcase company, won the second Gold award for Steelcase in the Tables: Occasional category. Part of the Campfire(TM) collection, the Paper Table surface spins to accommodate everyone around the table and creates a safe environment for sharing and capturing ideas as they happen.

Rounding out the list of winners for Steelcase Companies, Designtex was honored with the Innovation Award and Editors' Choice Award for Common Threads in the Carpet: Fiber category. Inspired by the Designtex Studio, the Common Threads collection unites modern and traditional worlds by way of artistry and vision. The rug collection is at home in any luxury setting from corporate CEO offices, penthouse suites and stylish residential environments.

The Best of NeoCon 2009 awards were selected from over 400 entries in more than 40 different product categories.

About Steelcase Inc.

Steelcase (NYSE: SCS) provides furniture, services and insights to help people have a better work experience, and to help companies and organizations create inspiring spaces with a maximum impact on performance and a minimum impact on the environment. A Michigan-based company that has been serving customers for nearly a century, Steelcase leads the global office furniture industry with $3.2 billion in annual revenue (FY09). Learn more at

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