Our Story

CSD Studio specializes in contract furniture design for manufacturers, including OFS Brands, Haworth, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Decca Elan, JSI, Nucraft, Worden and Byrne. Since its inception in 1990, CSD Studio has tackled everything from seating and tables to casegoods and systems furniture.

The firm’s success is evident in the numerous industry awards it’s garnered, including the coveted Best of Competition at NeoCon 2002 for Origin.  Recent awards for OFS Brands include Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year for Slate Office in 2014 and Madrid Lounge in 2012, as well as a Silver, Best of NeoCon for Slate Collaborative in 2013. Even more importantly, CSD Studio products have gained widespread acceptance in the market place providing solutions that address today’s collaborative and social workplace.

Principal, Lynda Chesser, brings an interior designer’s perspective to furniture solutions created by CSD Studio. She believes good design can inspire people to live, work and learn better. “We pursue good design every day, by combining observation and understanding with art and technology to create human centered furniture solutions.”

Bill Schacht, Principal, and Chad Zimmerman, Design Director, complete the CSD team, bringing their industrial design talents and manufacturing knowledge to each product design. Their industrial design expertise combines with Lynda’s interiors viewpoint creating relevant and adaptable furniture solutions for manufacture.

This multi-discipline team takes products from conception to completion. Each project starts with a conceptual phase, integrating research and customer programming with understanding and product criteria development.  Their collaborative workstyle includes brainstorming, sketching and problem-solving sessions followed up by 3-D modeling, rendering and prototyping of designs.

CSD Studio works closely with their manufacturing partners providing a high level of documentation, development, marketing and sales support for their designs. Lynda is involved in every aspect of this process while managing client relations and consulting on tailored furniture solutions. CSD’s team has created tailored solutions for many companies over the years, including Toyota, Goldman Sacs, Bank Fund, State Street Bank, and ESPN.