The Design Behind ... The Office Cubicle

The office cubicle wasn't supposed to be a prison, it was created to save us from a dysfunctional workplace. Nikil Saval, author of "Cubed: A Secret History of The Workplace" explains why it failed.
The office cubicle was supposed to save us ... but it didn't. (Aly Song/Reuters)

The office cubicle wasn't supposed to be a prison, it was created to save us from a dysfunctional workplace. Nikil Saval, author of "Cubed: A Secret History of The Workplace" explains why it failed.

(Bill Abbott, Flickr cc)

In the 1960s, Robert Propst designed a new office system for the American furniture company, Herman Miller. It was called "The Action Office" and it was meant to free office workers from a setting that wasn't working for them.

This is a promotional video for The Action Office courtesy of Herman Miller.

In 1968, Herman Miller introduced the world's first open-plan office system called The Action Office system. Here is a Herman Miller promotional video from 1972 looking at how the Action Office System began transforming the design of workplaces around the world. 12:35

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This segment was produced by The Current's GordWestmacott.