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IAD Students Tour Allsteel and Inside Source Showroom

IAD students tour Allsteel and Inside Source showroom

Allsteel Furniture – Clubhouse. Photo courtesy of Allsteel.

Organized by the Interior Architecture & Design (IAD) Club and Academy of Art University School of Interior Architecture & Design alumna Elizabeth Wert (’11), 25 students were welcomed by Allsteel and Inside Source in San Francisco.

Established in 1912 as the All-Steel-Equip Co., Allsteel created and popularized the lateral file in 1967 and have been a leader in systems furniture ever since. Currently their office furniture line provides award-winning products, and they were the first office furniture manufacturer to have all products certified either Indoor Advantage or Indoor Advantage Gold and BIFMA level, and the majority of their line can contribute to LEED-CI credits.

Our students were treated to a presentation about the design, manufacturing and presentation process of commercial design. 

IAD students tour Allsteel and Inside Source showroom

A commercial designer presents to our students. Photo by Jeremy Custer.

IAD students tour Allsteel and Inside Source showroom

Students tour Allsteel showroom. Photo by Jeremy Custer.

Inside Source has 25 years experience in planning and perfecting office space. Providing a team of designers, project managers, space planners and installers, our students were exposed to dealer resources and over 300 product lines and examples. They discussed the design process and how the consulting, planning, delivery and support work together to accomplish the end result.

Also discussed was the difference between how designing a project in school differs from designing a space in the “real world.” Topics covered included budget constraints and client parameters. In particular, two highlighted subjects were Value Engineering, or how to meet a design challenge and still stay within a client’s budget constraints, as well as how to manage a Punch List, a process whereby the designer discusses the finalized project with the client and reviews any areas of improvement.

Wert also arranged for two professional commercial designers to make a presentation to our students who presented the “Four S’s” when designing a typical workspace: Storage, Surface, Seating and Space Division. 

Students that attended represented all class levels, from first-years to seniors ready to graduate, and each found the tour stimulating and inspiring. We thank Wert, Allsteel and Inside Source for their ongoing and tremendous support of our students’ desire to learn.