Dan Grabowski, native of Detroit, MI, found his love for design at an early age. He used to create/repair anything that needed to be fixed or transformed with his father who was a builder. By being hands on, it only made sense that he would graduate from the Center for Creative Studies where he focused on furniture design, but found his passion in wood casegoods. Thus, making it easy for Versteel to partner with Dan on the newest collaboration line, Eliga. Eliga with its contemporary aesthetics, and miter edge design creates casual collaborations for the individual with retro flare and an eye for elegance. Dan currently resides in Grand Rapids where he is the owner of G2 Product Development.
David R. Gutgsell
David Gutgsell, principle of d.g. associates, has an extensive background in the contract furniture industry, designing and developing seating, casegoods, systems and tables. Based in Jasper, Indiana, David started designing products in the early 1980’s. Since then he has received several BEST OF NEOCON and DESIGN AWARDS and has over 20 products that are actively manufactured and sold throughout the United States and Canada.
Versteel commissioned David to design a flexible table product for multipurpose training applications (TIM), a comprehensive collection of storage and functional products for conference and training room applications (Entourage Cart, Entourage Cabinet, Entourage Wall Board, and Entourage Lectern), and a conference/meeting table collection to complement contemporary to transitional spaces (Elements for Conference.)
Design Maximization by Roberto Lucci
Roberto Lucci has been designing products since 1960 and has designed more than 400 products, many of which have been on the market for 15, 20, and 30 years. Roberto assisted the Versteel Design team to create the Quanta chairs and Paces tables with his ‘Design Maximization’ strategy, a process of developing many variants from one design concept, just like nature. The design theory focus on collections instead of single product.
Lucci and Orlandini
Commissioned by Versteel to design the SIMON and Chela chairs for the conference and training markets, Roberto Lucci and Paolo Orlandini have an extensive design background. Based in Italy, their design partnership started in 1968. Since then the two have designed over 340 products which have been or are now being regularly manufactured and sold in large quantities throughout the United States and Europe. Among the design team projects are office chairs and sofas for manufacturers such as Versteel, Thonet and Knoll, office furniture for Mascagni, Ora-Vinco and Knoll, as well as kitchen units, household appliances, lamps, television sets, boats, and children products.
With their designs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre National D Art Contemporain of the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; having exhibited at the Museum of Art and Industry in Hamburg and the Chicago Athenaeum among others, the design team is much respected throughout the design world.
After earning a BS in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, Michael Shields began his career designing durable medical equipment for Lumex. A desire to experience contemporary furniture design led him next to Knoll International, where he was privileged to work with leading designers such as Niels Diffrient.
An opportunity to head a design & development team then led Michael to Brayton International, where he acted as V.P. of Design for over ten years. While at Brayton, he developed products created by independent designers, licensed pieces from international partners, as well as his own creations. Michael won twin Neocon Gold awards in 1996 for Brayton Migrations line of collaborative seating & tables.
A longstanding desire to become an independent designer was realized in 2001, when he established StudioThree, an industrial design firm specializing in contact office, healthcare, and residential furnishings. Michael now has over 20 mechanical patents for diverse products from crutches to systems furniture to ergonomic chair mechanisms.
Versteel Design Team
Working with award winning industrial designers from around the world, the Versteel Design Team is charged with the execution and implementation of these product visions. As specialists in powder coating and metal fabrication, Versteel Design Team continues to fine-tune the art of furniture fabrication.