High Desk from Action Office Series, 1964-1968

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

Desk

Date Made

1964-1968

Creators

Herman Miller Research Corporation 

Sherwood Medical Industries 

Nelson, George, 1908-1986 

Propst, Robert 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Creator Notes

Made for Sherwood Medical Industries. 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

89.177.98

Credit

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

Material

Aluminum
Laminate
Plastic (Organic material)
Teak (Wood)
Veneer
Vinyl
Wood (Plant Material)

Technique

Veneering

Color

Beige (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 44 in

Width: 48 in

Length: 32 in

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