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Details Launches SOTO - Tools that Help the Workplace and Workers Come Together.

New worktools designed for freestanding furniture or c:scape furniture office environments

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Research into the habits of office workers has led to the development of SOTO worktools, a collection of organizational and productivity tools that work on and inside freestanding furniture.

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The SOTO collection (it stands for "state of the office") by Details, a Steelcase company and the leader of the worktools product category, is now available. SOTO is a stylish and contemporary worktool collection exclusively created for freestanding applications, including the Details height-adjustable table line and the new Steelcase c:scape(TM) furniture.

The entire collection is designed to meet silver Cradle to Cradle specifications. However, the composition of the cord and driver on the LED light precludes full C2C certification for the light. Certification comes from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, a product and process design firm that promotes "eco-effective" product development.

Elements within the SOTO collection attach to a horizontal rail that clamps to the back edge of freestanding worksurfaces. The collection rounds out Details extensive lineup of worktools.

SOTO was born from an intense process of user observation. The SOTO design team learned how people: plan their anticipated work; organize their active work; and display their personal objects. The research behind SOTO concluded that today's office workers are blending their professional and personal lives like never before - not just bringing personal photos into their work space, but also cell phones, music players, and perhaps even gym shoes. The design process led to the cohesive set of worktools ready to serve the state of the office as it exists today; designed to link work, workers, and the workplace.

The collection of connected worktools provides numerous solutions to address paper and object management, office organization, and lighting. Worktools include an LED task light that can be mounted to the rail or used freestanding; boxes for storing, piling, and organizing; and various shelves to hold documents, supplies, and personal items.

There's also a vertical display shelf that provides instant access storage, while serving as a privacy barrier between workstations in an open environment. The utility box also does double duty, not only storing writing utensils, but also hiding personal items, especially when nestled inside the display shelf.

Much of the appeal of the new SOTO worktool platform lies in its ability to minimize visual clutter with clean lines and quiet aesthetic.

"Worksurfaces are shrinking, thanks to the popularity of flat-panel monitors and the trend toward freestanding environments," says Jeff Charon, SOTO category manager. "SOTO truly addresses the state of the office by providing solutions that help workers get the most from limited space."
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 About Details



Details, a Steelcase company based in Grand Rapids, Mich., provides innovative worktool solutions compatible with most furniture systems. Details worktools are sold through a network of 450 dealers and are featured in 20 Steelcase showrooms throughout North America. For more information about Details, visit http://www.details-worktools.com/.

CONTACT: Dave Kagan, dkagan@steelcase.com, +1-616.554.4407, Christine Hoek, christine@articulate-pr.com, 616.662.9241

Web Site: http://www.details-worktools.com/
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