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

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

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.

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

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