In 1999, industrial designer Chuck Saylor realized that the hugely successful office panel systems that he helped develop during the 1970s no longer fit the way people worked. All around him, people were completely mobile, using wireless technology to communicate 24/7, and collaborating in coffee shops. That realization drove Chuck to help create a better place to live and work for future generations, inspired in large part by his four-year-old granddaughter Isabelle. In 2000, he met with leaders of Michigan-based JSJ Corporation, who shared his vision for a new furniture brand.

In 2001, at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, they launched izzydesign, a cool, affordable furniture and seating brand. This new business was dedicated to, and still is focused on, the people of the New Workstyles.  But the business really wasn’t about the furniture. It was about the people. And we were truly inspired by the collaborative power of campfires – places that bring people from all different walks of life together to laugh, learn and share ideas with each other.