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Node school chairs are highly mobile —a quality that translates directly into classroom performance. After all, a lesson plan can be carried out more effectively when seating is arranged and rearranged effortlessly.

Key Benefits

  • Swivel seat allows students to shift focus throughout the room.
  • Books, laptops and other information remain at their fingertips as the personal surface swivels in tandem.
  • It’s clear sight lines to the instructor, fellow students and whiteboards can dramatically enhance interaction.


The base of Node school chairs provides a unique storage solution for backpacks and student belongings that usually clutter the aisles. This allows quicker and easier transitions between teaching modes.
Even the arms serve a storage purpose. Aside from a place to rest your elbows, they are designed to hold a backpack or bag, keeping personal items safe, secure, and close at hand.


The Node chair has an adjustable worksurface, providing a perfect fit for students of all shapes and sizes.

The Node chair’s worksurface accommodates both left- and right-handed students. Ergonomics of the seat bend and flex with the student.


The benefits of Node aren’t confined to the classroom.

Today’s workplace also thrives on collaboration, transition, and movement—qualities integral to the design of Node. So no matter where you are—the lobby, the training room, or the lab—discover the chair that goes anywhere you work.

Node Classroom Animation

Node allows easy transitions from one mode to the next in a classroom setting.



Learning Has Changed

In our on-site research, we found cramped, static spaces designed for passive one-way learning:

  • tight rows of desks and chairs that inhibit movement and interaction
  • instructors confined to the front of the room
  • few opportunities to connect with students

The classroom has to change

  • Research points to the fact that learning is enhanced when it is social and active.
  • A single approach to teaching is no longer enough.
  • Educators are turning to multiple pedagogies to support multiple learning styles.

Students Have Changed

Students expect more

Students Expect More

Today’s students desire an active learning environment—expecting more from their classrooms than ever before. They want their surroundings to support co-learning, co-creation and open discussion.

Educators are often faced with a tough choice: promote active learning or organize a classroom to fit as many students as possible. The existing classroom footprint is only so big, and there’s not much flexibility.

Technology Has Changed

Technology has Changed

Students Use Technology All the Time

Today’s Students

  • Digital natives
  • Comfortable using technology to display, share and present information

Many of Today’s Instructors

  • Digital immigrants
  • Leveraging technology to support the pedagogy used in the classroom
  • There are concerns for those who are untrained and uncomfortable when asked to develop instructional design protocols for truly engaging learners.

Important Classroom Considerations

  • Vertical surfaces to display content
  • Multiple projection surfaces and whiteboards
  • Various configurations

Case Studies

University of Michigan: Keeping pace with Active Learning

Steelcase conducted pre-and post-installation studies to evaluate node’s impact on the classroom experience. The two-month study involved a non-dedicated general-use classroom filled with traditional tablet arm chairs used for English, Greek, French, History of Film, Psychology and History classes. During the course of the study this single classroom was exposed to various instructors, students and subjects.

Node changes the face of classrooms at Universidad Mariano Galvez

Universidad Mariano Galvez de Guatemala (UMG) is a private university in Guatemala. The university is considered to be one of the most prominent higher educational institutions in Central America. Like all higher education institutions, the school has been trying to address the many changes impacting education today: increased student expectations, rapidly changing technology and the adoption of more active and interactive teaching styles designed to engage students, leverage technology and explore more varied educational approaches.

Northview High School

A two-month study at Northview High School confirms that the node school chair transforms the traditional classroom into a more interactive, dynamic teaching and learning environment. Read how node changes the classroom experience and promotes active learning.

Applications + Insights

Active Learning Spaces

Students prepare for a future no one can predict and jobs that, in many cases, haven’t been invented yet. Educators are responding to these diverse forces with a refreshing openness, adopting active learning and embracing new technology. Yet, both students and educators must operate in learning environments built for age-old ways.

Our Insights and Applications Guide provides the latest thinking on classroom design and learning spaces, including research, design principles and applications.

Node Components

Flexible Seat

Flexible seat with simple adjustments keeps people comfortable in a variety of postures.

Easy Maintenance

Comfort without upholstery means easy maintenance.

Open seat design

Open seat design offers easy access, while arms serve as bag or purse hooks.

Swivel seat

Swivel seat keeps open sight lines.


Casters lend mobility for quick, easy transitions between configurations.


Optional cupholder frees up worksurface area for books and technology.


Base keeps backpacks and personal belongings out of the aisle.

Personal Worksurface

Personal worksurface is adjustable, non-handed, and large enough to support digital and analog resources.

Tablet Stand

Tablet stand supports all top-selling tablets and smartphones in both portrait and landscape positions, making content easy to view and freeing up space on the worksurface for other class materials.

Steelcase Warranty

Steelcase warranty with elevated durability testing makes Node an easy choice.

Surface Materials

Standard Colors

  • Sterling Dark Solid (6059)
  • Citron (6332)
  • Midnight (6259)
  • Wasabi (6335)
  • Picasso (6333)
  • Arctic White (6009)
  • Platinum (6249)
  • Black (6205)
  • Jazz Blue (6336)
  • Chili (6338)
  • Element (6337)
  • Flash (6334)

Signature Plastics

  • Crimson (6BC1)
  • Purple (6BC2)
  • Green (6BC3)
  • Burgundy (6BC4)
  • Blue (6BC5)
  • Orange (6BC6)
  • Brown (6BC7)
  • Gold (6BC8)
  • Red (6BC9)

Paint Palette

  • Champagne Metallic (4750)
  • Platinum (4799)
  • Black (0835)

Tripod Base

  • Element (6337)
  • Platinum Solid (6249)
  • Near Black (6295)


  • Platinum Solid (6249)
  • Seagull (6053)
  • Sand (6654)
  • Element (6337)
  • Near Black (6295)


TRIPOD BASE 16 9/16″ 15 1/2″ 19 1/2″ 18 1/4″ 35″ 31 1/4″ 23 3/4″ 22 1/4″ x 12″ 7 1/4″ to 15″ 20 1/8″ 28 1/2″
FIVE-STAR BASE 16 9/16″ 15 1/2″ 19 1/2″ 15 7/8″ to 21 7/8″ 33 1/4″ to 38 1/2″ 28 7/8″ to 34″ 23 3/4″ 22 1/4″ x 12″ 7 1/4″ to 15″ 20 1/8″ N/A
FIVE-STAR STOOL 16 9/16″ 15 1/2″ 19 1/2″ 23 7/8″ to 31 7/8″ 40 7/8″ to 48 1/4″ 37 1/8″ to 44 1/2″ 27 1/4″ 22 1/4″ x 12″ 7 1/4″ to 15″ 20 1/8″ N/A

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