"Because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire."

"Because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire."

Most of us spend upwards of eight hours a day, five days a week in an office. Shaped by everything from sexual politics to management theory, offices evolved over more than a century from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the open plans and cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval traces how utopian design ideas became the soulless offices of today.


  • Nikil Saval Editor, n+1; Author, "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace"

How Have Our Offices Changed?

Nikil Saval traces how our office layouts and politics have changed over the years. These photos offer a glimpse of office life from the early 1900s through today.

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Excerpted from Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace Hardcover by Nikil Saval. Courtesy of Random House. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.


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