Steelcase has unveiled its vision for the future of power in the workplace: Steelcase® Flex Mobile Power. Named a finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards (Workplace category), this enterprise-level, contract-grade, low voltage mobile power gives teams the freedom to work anywhere. Sleek, portable and powerful, each Mobile Power unit can charge up to three laptops or personal devices for a full day. It’s easy to carry anywhere, sturdy enough to hold up under heavy use in the workplace, and yet the design was inspired by hand-crafted tableware, so it fits in workplaces that range from upscale to casual.
Steelcase Flex Mobile Power is a collaboration between Steelcase and Anker, the global charging experts for smart devices.
“Prior to the pandemic, most organisations were already striving to make their workplaces more adaptable and fluid to empower fast-paced teams. Now, more than ever before, they see the need for greater mobility and choice of how and where people work,” Hyun Yoo, Principal Designer, Steelcase. “We are thrilled to present Steelcase Flex Mobile Power in collaboration with Anker, providing an imaginative way to enable teams to work more fluidly, whilst supporting accelerated digitalisation and new protocols in the workplace.”
Steelcase Flex Mobile Power not only charges multiple devices simultaneously, it detects which device is running the lowest and directs the most power. The proprietary charging tray from Steelcase and Anker charges five units overnight, and sits on any flat surface or can be integrated into a Steelcase Flex Collection cart to go wherever teams need it. It is designed for USB-C port connectivity – rapidly becoming the global, universal connectivity standard, and also has a USB-A port, which deliver best-in-class 218 watt-hour capacity with 117W charging output across all ports.
“We are excited to announce our partnership and bring Anker charging technology to the new Steelcase Flex Mobile Power. Now teams will be able to free themselves from the constant desk-to-meeting room cycle, and work anywhere they want,” says Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations.
The design for Steelcase Flex Mobile Power was inspired by Yoo’s artistic work in ceramics and her explorations in fine tableware. “In my ceramic work, my aim is to create objects that are simple and delicate in line but scaled and proportioned to feel sturdy,” says Yoo. “We added 3-D texture patterns on the top cap and body as another way to broaden what might be expected in a charging device. There’s a soft and silky feel of the finish on the main body and the handle flexes ever so slightly to give the user the impression it is responding.”
Steelcase Flex Mobile Power will be available in Australia, China and Singapore from 20th October 2020.