our story

British Designer Meets U.S. Fabricator

Our team consists of designers and artists who all share the same love and appreciation for craftsmanship. Together, we are improving our handcrafted techniques and discovering new methods to craft. Our goal is to shine a new light on handcrafted furniture.


Iron Age Office was born from a joint collaboration between Sean Dineen and Michael Stephens. Sean was raised in Manchester, England and received a B.A. Honors Degree in Graphic Design from Sheffield University. After graduating, he decided to head across the pond to coach soccer for Challenger Sports. Who knew that three months of coaching soccer could be such a life changing experience!

During his time coaching, Sean lived with a different family of one of the kids he was coaching each week. This is how he met Michael Stephens, owner of Southern Machine and Fabrication Company. Michael and Sean became friends quickly and decided to combine Sean’s keen eye for design and Michael’s core manufacturing process, thus Iron Age Office was born.

Thanks to Sean’s hatred of “generic,” flimsy and poorly made furniture you see across corporate America, and Michael’s offering of a small space in SMF, Sean started building desks for small orders. IAO quickly went from an idea to real life. Over time Sean realized there was a higher need for American-made industrial products for commercial spaces, and officially caught the American dream bug. IAO now prides its self on being the powerful alternative to mainstream brands.

“The best thing for me, is that I am able to provide jobs to people who love what they do. We have turned a hobby into a profession where they can be creative and make works of art every day.” – Sean Dineen, CEO Iron Age Office

IAO now prides its self on being the powerful alternative to mainstream brands

Sean set out to increase IAO’s design portfolio from just desks and shelving to large multi-person workstations and shelving solutions for the ever-changing, ever-growing workspace.Iron Age Office has shown and continues to show extreme growth. Transitioning from 300 sqft to 20,000 sqft within 3 years, Iron Age is now moving into a new 80,000 sqft workshop. The growth of the company has created jobs for a large team of skilled professionals that handcraft works of art for large commercial spaces across the United States and Canada. IAO has been fortunate to work with brands such as Jack Daniels, Budweiser and Orange theory to help them create a powerful workspace.

Sean had a vision for IAO from the beginning and believes that not only do CEOs and owners of companies need to have nice spaces, but the employees need to be proud of their work environments as well. IAO is proud to employ people in the U.S. to build amazing pieces of furniture that allow all companies to be excited and proud of their office space.