Mark McKenna is an artist, designer, and occasional farmer. 

"I have been a corporate design director in the furniture industry for the past 11 years after 15 years as a designer. I have built and rebuilt internal creative teams, nurtured and strengthened external design relationships, and integrated both into the corporate system to the greatest effect. I have successfully guided designers at every level on every type of project to get products to market on time. 


Within my teams, I have insisted upon procedures fostering easy communication and data-sharing. I have built robust communication channels and deep partnerships between design and operations, design and marketing, design and engineering, design and legal, design and IT, and design and the executive staff. I have developed intellectual property portfolios and engineered around competitive patents. I have met with customers, spoken at A&D events, attended trade shows and have sat for interviews. In all cases I have championed the power of design as a business driver, and over and over I have proved its value with market success. 


My two greatest mentors have been Ingo Maurer and Niels Diffrient. A decade in close collaboration with each ingrained in me the deepest respect for the practice of design. My standards are high, and I am demanding of my staff while also lavish in my praise of them. To me, design is both a vocation and a calling."


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2018-present
Steelcase Corporation
Global Design Director - Workplace Innovation


2017-2018
Steelcase Corporation
Global Design Director - Seating, Microsoft


2012-2017
Steelcase Corporation
Global Design Director - Turnstone, Education, Worktools


2009-2012
Humanscale Corporation
Design Director


2003-2009
mmckenna LLC
Founder/Creative Director


1999-2001
Ingo Maurer LLC
Design + General Manager


1997-1999
Henry Dreyfuss Associates
Senior Industrial Designer


1994-1996
Ingo Maurer GMBH
Industrial Designer





Best of Neocon Product Innovation Award - Bassline Table

Best of Neocon Gold AwardBivi Dual Height Worksurface

HiP Award Honorable Mention - Thread

HiP Award Winner - Brody Worklounge

HiP Award Honorable Mention  - Campfire Additions

Best of NeoCon Silver - Thread

Best of NeoCon - Gold -  Brody Worklounge

Product Innovations Awards - Grand Prize (1st) - Thread

Product Innovations Awards - Grand Prize (1st) - Brody Worklounge

Best of Show Gold - Thread

Innovations Awards Gold - Thread

Innovations Awards Silver - Brody Worklounge

A+ Awards A+Awards - Brody Worklounge

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Best of Year - Brody Worklounge

Edison Awards Silver - Brody Worklounge





Spark Design Awards Gold - Trea

Red Dot Design Award Winner - T7 Point-of-care Technology Cart

iF Product Design Award Gold - Diffrient Smart

iF Product Design Award Winner - Float

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Honoree - V6

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Winner - Diffrient World

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Honoree - Diffrient Smart

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Silver - V6

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Gold - Element Disc

Best of NeoCon Gold - T7 Point-of-care Technology Cart

International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Diffrient Smart

International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Element Disc

Spark Design Awards Silver - T7 Point-of-care Technology Cart

PIN UP Design Awards Silver - Element Disc

PIN UP Design Awards Special Prize - Diffrient World

Bureaux Expo Les Trophees de l'Innovation - Float

Mixology North Mix Interior Awards Winner - Element Disc

Mixology North Mix Interior Awards Winner - Float

Architects Choice Award 2013 Winner - Float




Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Gold - Horizon

Australian International Design Awards Design Award - Horizon

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Grand Prize - Element Disc

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Grand Prize - Mode

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Merit Prize - ZON Max

HEALTHCARE DESIGN's Most Innovative Product Designers - Winner T7 Point-of-Care Technology Cart

IDEA International Design Excellence Awards Gold - Horizon

IHA Innovation Award Winner - Horizon

Next Generation Luminaries Winner - Horizon

Architects Choice Award Highly Commended - Element Disc

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - M/Flex

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - Mode

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Diffrient Smart

PIN UP Design Awards Bronze - Horizon

Nightingale Awards Gold - V6

Nightingale Awards Best of Competition - V6

Spark Design Awards Bronze - Element Disc


Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Silver - Element 790

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Bronze - ZON

Best of NeoCon Silver - Float

Best of NeoCon Silver - Horizon

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Merit Award - Float

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Merit Award -Trea

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award Good Design Award - Horizon

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award Good Design Award - Trea

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award Good Design Award - ZON

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - Freedom Chair

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - Liberty Chair

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - M8 Monitor Arm

GIO Design Awards Special Award for Excellence - Horizon

GIO Design Awards Winner - ZON

Green GOOD DESIGN Award Green Good Design Award - Horizon

Green GOOD DESIGN Award Winner - Trea

Green GOOD DESIGN Award Green Good Design Award - ZON

IDEA - International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Diffrient World Chair

IDEA - International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Horizon

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - Element Vision

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Float

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Trea

Interiors & Sources Peoples' Choice Awards Winner - Horizon

Lighting Design Awards Highly Commended - Element 790

Red Dot Design Award Winner - Horizon

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Gold - Element

Australian International Design Awards Design Award - Element

Benelux Office Products Awards WinnerElement

Best of Boutique Awards Honorable Mention - Diffrient World Chair

Best of Boutique Awards Winner - Horizon

Best of NeoCon Silver - Element Vision

Best of NeoCon Gold - ZON

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Citation of Excellence - Element Vision

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Citation of Excellence - Horizon

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Citation of Excellence - M8 Monitor Arm

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Grand Prize - Paramount

FX International Interior Design Awards Winner - Horizon

GIO Design Awards Winner - Element

GIO Design Awards Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

GIO Design Awards Winner - Switch Mouse

Green GOOD DESIGN Award - Element

I.D. Annual Design Review Honorable Mention - M2 Monitor Arm

IDEA - International Design Excellence Awards Bronze - M2 Monitor Arm

iF Product Design Award Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Horizon

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - M8 Monitor Arm

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - ZON

Interior Design Best of Year Award Merit Award - Horizon

Interior Design Best of Year Award Merit Award - Paramount

Interiors & Sources Peoples' Choice Awards Winner - Tolomeo LED Light

International Design Awards First Prize - Horizon

International Design Awards Second Prize - ZON

NeoCon East Peoples' Choice Awards 3rd Place - Horizon

Red Dot Design Award Winner -  Diffrient World Chair


Best of NeoCon Gold - Element

Best of NeoCon Gold - M2 Monitor Arm

Best of NeoCon Gold - T6 Point-of-care Technology Cart

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Citation of Excellence - 6G Keyboard Mechanism

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Citation of Excellence - Diffrient World Chair

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Citation of Excellence - Element

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Grand Prize - M2 Monitor Arm

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Grand Prize - ZON

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - Diffrient Technology Light

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award -Diffrient World Chair

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - Element

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - M2 Monitor Arm

ComfortSeating Awards Best Product for Environmental Sust. - Freedom Chair

ComfortSeating Awards Best Seat - Liberty Chair

Design Center Stuttgart International Design Awards Focus in Silver - M2 Monitor Arm

FX International Interior Design Awards Winner - Diffrient World Chair

iF Product Design Award Winner - Diffrient Work Light

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - 6G Keyboard Mechanism

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Gold - Diffrient World Chair

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Gold - Element

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - L6 Notebook Manager

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - M2 Monitor Arm

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - V7 Wall Station

Interior Design Best of Year Award Merit Award - Diffrient World Chair

Interior Design Best of Year Award Best of Year - M2 Monitor Arm

Mixology Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

Spark Design Awards Bronze - M2 Monitor Arm