A new book by Nikil Saval called Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
gives new meaning to office furniture
and what office dwellers have now come to call Cube City – the boxes created by temporary walls erected in open floor plans to save companies money on office space.In it, Saval delves into the history of cubicles and the journey is a fascinating one, considering the subject matter. After all, what could be more boring than the work walls that separate us from one another and the outside world?An Idea Gone Wrong
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the inventor of the cubicle ended up hating how corporate America had twisted his creation
, famously declaring, “The cubicle-izing of people in modern corporations is monolithic insanity.”The original workstation, dubbed the “Action Office II” in 1968 by its creator, Robert Propst, was intended to give workers an efficient place to work that would provide more access to coworkers. Instead, companies used the modular versatility to build cubes instead of more open spaces and the rest is depression-inducing history.Cube-Color Blues
Fortunately, we don’t have to accept the beige limitations of Cube City in our homes and science tells us that color matters
when it comes to our work environment. Different colors evoke different feelings in different people, though, so what you decide to use in your home office should be tailored to your personal tastes.Generally, blues calm and reds excite, but that’s not a rule. What’s more, even if that seems to describe you, it still depends on how you want to feel in your office. For example, blues may calm you, but you might need a color that inspires a little more energy.Office furniture offers an easy way to add a splash of color that doesn’t involve a whole lot of work or (eep!) painting. Adding a snazzy chair to your office is a lot easier than repainting the entire room, and isn’t as overwhelming as a new color scheme.Office Furniture OptionsOffice chairs
aren’t your only option, though. Just about anything you might need in the way of office furniture and décor can be found in colors that can mellow you our or make you crank out the work – with the help of a couple cups of coffee, anyway.