Have you ever wondered who’s the brain behind Steve’s Station? It’s Steve Linder, one of our industrial designers. He’s worked at Anthro for over 21 years– way back when we were still a start-up with very few folks and lots of ambition.
Steve has a remarkable and inspiring past. He hails from Detroit, where both his parents worked as industrial designers for General Motors in the heyday of the American automotive industry. In an amusing role reversal for the time, while his father was designing kitchenware, his mother was designing cars. In fact, every time you use the lighted mirror in your car’s sun visor, you can thank Steve’s mother, Jeanette: she invented it!
Steve is passionate about Anthro’s commitment to designing and manufacturing products in the United States, and he’s a strong advocate of our dedication to being as green as possible (we recycle more than 70% of our waste
). He cites the high quality of Anthro products as an often overlooked example of our commitment to shrinking our carbon footprint, as our products’ high quality lends them longevity. “If I’m going to make something physical and use the world’s resources to do it, I want it to last a long time.”
Steve also points out that the modularity of Anthro products make them highly customizable and reconfigurable and thus, more reusable. This philosophy partly motivated Steve to create Anthro’s award-winning Steve’s Station
. While the sophisticated Carl’s Table has all the bells and whistles included, Steve’s Station customers can customize the desk with the particular features they want.
Fittingly enough, Steve spends his days working at a Steve’s Station desk, so he empathizes easily with Anthro customers. Ever since he began using the height-adjustable Steve’s Station, he’s felt healthier and more productive– precisely what we wish for our radiology customers.
Steve lives with his wife and two teenage daughters in a Japanese-style house on nearly an acre of land in southwest Portland, Oregon.