Our Story

Our name says it all.

Heartwork was founded on the principles that you should pursue the work you love, that great design can inspire and celebrate those pursuits, and that a workspace aligned with your needs enables both pleasure and productivity.

Whether you’re hot-desking at the office, lounging on the couch of a shared workspace, or heads down on a dual monitor setup at home, Heartwork is re-envisioning smart storage solutions for the myriad contexts in which work happens today. Our products are designed to support innovative companies by empowering their employees to work fluidly and flexibly across environments in a manner that is seamless, secure, and productive.

The Future of Work may be ever changing, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to design and utility, as expressed through these four values:

Adaptability Heartwork is dedicated to anticipating the needs of growing teams, creating modular, mobile, future-proof storage solutions that can adapt to company culture, work styles, and evolving technology requirements.

Personalization Heartwork’s solutions allow clients to create custom configurations that meet your functional needs while expressing your unique brand identity through colors, patterns, and surfaces of your choosing.

Quality Heartwork creates commercial-grade products that are built to withstand the rigors of daily use and cleaning. Our materials, finishes, and manufacturing methods are optimized to ensure that our products are with you for the long haul.

Sustainability Heartwork is committed to sustainability throughout its supply chain. All products are GREENGUARD Gold and HPD certified and made well in the USA. Our build-to-order model minimizes our carbon footprint and all products contain recycled material and can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.

We're inspired by both your vision-and reality.

We’re equally inspired by seeing renderings of breathtaking build-outs as we are by knowing you need a place to store that secret stash of M&Ms.

Commercial / Trade Clients We collaborate with companies of all sizes—from A&D firms to the Fortune 500 to high-growth startups—to envision workplace storage solutions that work for individuals and teams. Our client development managers will work closely with you to understand your needs and help you specify and procure the right products for your project.

Retail Customers For customers hoping to furnish their home or home office, select Heartwork products are available for purchase directly though our site.

We're heartworkers.

We’re a women-led organization combining expertise in design, product development, manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing, and customer experience. But beyond that, we’re craftsmen, collaborators, and creative problem-solvers who are passionate about how workplace design can support and shape culture, morale, and productivity.

Karen John, Founder & CEO Karen John launched Heartwork in September 2012 in response to a growing need for great design for the workspace. After studying industrial design at Domus Academy and working for a renowned furniture design studio in Milan, Karen pursued a master’s at Stanford University in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. During a detour into technology, she helped launch a start-up and witnessed first-hand the need for creative workspaces.

After completing her MBA at Insead, she joined Design Within Reach to start its product development team and was subsequently promoted to VP Merchandising. Prior to founding Heartwork, Karen consulted with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on design and product strategy and established brand collaborations with renowned designers.

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