Communication Center for Action Office Series, 1964-1967

Summary

Action Office, conceptualized by Robert Propst with final design by George Nelson, was rooted in Propst's research into office function and worker behavior. The system was not a commercial success: manufacturing costs were high, and it was, in Propst's words, "too showy and bright for serious consideration as a middle management tool." Propst went on to design the hugely successful Action Office 2 cubicle-based system.

Action Office, conceptualized by Robert Propst with final design by George Nelson, was rooted in Propst's research into office function and worker behavior. The system was not a commercial success: manufacturing costs were high, and it was, in Propst's words, "too showy and bright for serious consideration as a middle management tool." Propst went on to design the hugely successful Action Office 2 cubicle-based system.

Artifact

Carrel

Date Made

1964-1967

Creators

Nelson, George, 1908-1986 

Propst, Robert 

Herman Miller Research Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Creator Notes

Designed by Robert Propst and George Nelson, for Herman Miller Research Corporation, Ann Arbor, Michigan (a division of Herman Miller, Inc.)

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.177.96

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Wood (Plant Material)
Aluminum (Metal)
Laminate
Synthetic fiber
polyester (fiber)
Vinyl

Color

Gold (Color)
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 45 in

Width: 33.5 in

Depth: 19 in

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