commercial interior design firm

Who We Are

We believe that great environments are good for organizations.

Research shows that high workplace satisfaction correlates to employee engagement; the more supportive the workplace, the more engaged the employees. Because the work environment holds such potential for people, teams, and organizations, Custer designs and builds exceptional spaces that connect people and empower them to do their best work.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We have one of the largest interior design teams in the Midwest
  • We’re a Steelcase Premier Partner, one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in West Michigan, and on the 2015 list of Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

  • Our full-service approach simplifies the complexity of workplace renovations
  • We receive consistently high customer survey ratings
  • We provide exclusive product lines
  • We have an incredible company culture

Our Team

Custer employees are at the heart of our business. Hear about what motivates us, what we love most about our jobs, and what our vision is for the future.

It’s a pleasure to meet you! We are a dedicated and passionate team that is constantly growing in size and experience. View our friendly faces by selecting a team below. You can also find individuals by searching for them manually within each team.

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Awards We've Won

History

1981

David Custer & fellow Steelcase employee buy failing office furniture dealership in Grand Rapids; located on Lyon Street downtown, Custer Office Environments opens in March with 17 employees, providing Steelcase & other fine furniture, flooring, office accessories, space planning, design, and installation services.

1984

Warehouse outlet opens on Grandville Avenue marketing used, reconditioned, and budget furniture

1989

Custer Office Environments begins to expand into markets across West Michigan, including Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, and Benton Harbor

1993

Custer Office Environments wins Steelcase Exemplary Dealer Award

1998

Custer Office Environments’ services expand to include reconfiguration and asset management; Battle Creek & Kalamazoo facilities consolidate into new location at 5200 Sprinkle Rd, housing sales, design, operations, and asset management

2006

Custer Office Environments launches Custer HealthWorks, a healthcare division, and Custer Studio, a 3D visualization division, later to be called Dart Frog Creative; with the addition of these divisions, COE rebrands as Custer Workplace Interiors; Custer’s flooring division spins off into a separate company, Century Floor Space, and opens at a separate location

2013

Custer partners with SPACE, a co-working facility in Traverse City, to become SPACE Powered by Custer; Custer furnishes the facility & begins using it as a showroom & office for remote employees; the same year, Custer, Inc. is recognized as a Steelcase Platinum Partner

2015

Todd Custer transitions into position of COO; phase one of Grand Rapids showroom is completed; Kalamazoo office relocates to Haymarket Building at 161 E Michigan Ave; Custer is named to 2015 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S., with 83% growth over a three year period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982

Custer Office Environments moves to Trade Center on Louis NW, downtown Grand Rapids

1988

Custer moves retail outlet store and warehouse operations to Patterson Ave.

1992

Custer Office Environments moves to new headquarters at 45 Ottawa Ave in downtown Grand Rapids

1996

Custer Office Environments wins Steelcase Exemplary Dealer Award

2004

Custer Office Environments merges all Grand Rapids operations & moves into newly renovated facility at 217 Grandville Ave SW; Kalamazoo operations relocate to Cork St

2009

Custer Workplace Interiors expands into Northern Michigan; the divisions of Architectural Products & Technology are established; Custer Workplace Interiors rebrands as Custer, Inc. to establish itself as a full-service firm

2014

Custer is recognized as a Steelcase Platinum Partner; 217 Management launches to provide facility services & interior construction management; Custer purchases midsize electrical company, C&S Electric Service, in Grand Haven; Custer sells Dart Frog Creative, enabling the 3D rendering studio to grow while Custer maintains its identity in interior renovations; Mark & Kellie Custer open Worklab by Custer, a coworking & offsite meeting space in downtown Grand Rapids; Dave Custer begins to transition the business to his three sons

2016

Custer receives designation as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ®. Assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention, and more, Custer’s human resources and employee enrichment practices are considered excellent by the National Association for Business Resources.