Office cubicles were meant to be a fun place. Really!


Today I found out that the office cubicles we have grown to hate so much, have been invented in 1967 by designer Robert Propst for Herman Miller. They were meant to be a place where you could get some privacy and have your stuff nicely setup in there.

After some time the companies have perverted this idea and crammed more and more people in smaller and smaller cubicles transforming a neat idea into something that I personally hate.

This BBC footage shows a short interview with author Nikil Saval who, in his book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace (affil link), chronicles the evolution of a place where 60% of Americans now spend their days.

Good to know that the cubicles were once a great place to be in!

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