"Action Office" Wall-Mounted Desk

A work made of aluminum, plastic, and wood.

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  • A work made of aluminum, plastic, and wood.

Date:

1964

Artist:

Designed by George Nelson
American, 1908–1986
Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Co.
Zeeland, Michigan, founded 1905
(note: Herman Miller Furniture Co. became Herman Miller Inc. in 1960)

About this artwork

In the 1960s, Herman Miller designers George Nelson and Robert Propst set out to liberate white-collar workers from factorylike rows of desks and typewriters. Their solution was the Action Office, a suite of furniture that allowed the office worker to move among pieces well suited to each task, such as a standing desk and mobile meeting station. The system was colorful, well built, and dynamic, yet it was eventually redesigned after poor sales, leading to the creation of what we now know as the ubiquitous and dull cubicle.

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American Art

Artist

George Nelson

Title

"Action Office" Wall-Mounted Desk

Origin

United States

Date

1964

Medium

Aluminum, plastic, and wood

Credit Line

Gift of Allan Frumkin

Reference Number

2001.434

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