by Brianna Crandall — January 24, 2018 — Sagegreenlife, a designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior living green walls, and Coalesse, creator of furnishings for the modern workplace that “bring new life to work,” announced last week a new alliance designed to enliven the workplace with living walls. This alliance provides for marketing and distribution of Sagegreenlife’s freestanding Verdanta line and its custom-designed, built-in living wall products through the Steelcase dealer network and Coalesse sales force in North America.
Richard Kincaid, investor and managing member of Sagegreenlife, stated:
We are seeing demand explode in commercial markets including corporate, higher education, hospitality and healthcare. These customers understand what a growing body of research is confirming — that connecting employees, students, guests and patients with nature through thoughtfully designed interior spaces has a myriad of health, wellness and financial benefits. Coalesse, a Steelcase brand, is a forward-thinking leader in the contract furniture market and the perfect partner to bring our unique products to these markets.
Based in Chicago and a practitioner of sustainable design, Sagegreenlife designs, manufactures and installs living green walls that can be scaled for any size project — rethinking the way people engage with nature. Verdanta is a line of self-contained, freestanding walls and movable partitions designed to make beautiful, purposeful green walls accessible to everyone. Sagegreenlife collaborated with Gensler’s product design team to create Duet & Productivity, part of the Verdanta collection and said to be truly mobile living partitions.
Lew Epstein, general manager for Coalesse, remarked:
It’s clear that biophilia — our innate affinity for nature — and its design principles have become more prominent in the A&D community and for a growing number of our customers who want workplaces that proote wellbeing. That’s why we’re excited about our new alliance with Sagegreenlife, our like-minded view of the growing demand and the value we will deliver by combining our respective teams’ expertise and capabilities.
Coalesse has chosen Sagegreenlife’s home of Chicago to begin offering the company’s full line of products through Steelcase dealer Forward Space, where products are on display in its Goose Island and Oak Brook showrooms. In the coming year, the companies will manage the expansion of sales and distribution into select North American markets.
Sagegreenlife is dedicated to building a better quality of life through living design. The foundation of all Sagegreenlife’s products is its patented hydroponic Biotile system. Designed to deliver beauty, energy and water conservation, simple installation, and easy maintainability, Sagegreenlife’s built-in and freestanding green walls combine high visual impact with versatility and low cost of ownership.
Coalesse creates thoughtful, research-backed furnishings for the modern workplace. The company helps customers make great spaces designed to inspire great work by empowering social connection, creative collaboration, and focus and rejuvenation. It designs products for workplaces around the world that blend beauty and utility, comfort and vitality, and insights with inspiration. As part of the Steelcase Inc. family of brands, Coalesse is globally accessible through a network of over 750 dealers.