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Introduced to the market in 1967, Action Office II promised to revolutionize the office furniture and office architecture industries by adding humanity, flexibility, and integrating sophisticated technology into spaces previously ignored by architects and designers. Twenty-five years after its launch, however, Action Office was widely understood as the progenitor of the dreary, uniform, and inflexible cubicle system appearing in office spaces worldwide. This paper bridges the well-meaning intention of Action Office with the negative spatial realities the system brought about. This paper positions Herman Miller’s flagship Action Office furniture system within contemporary political and ideological frameworks, suggesting that these frameworks and understandings paved the way for later metamorphosis of the well-intentioned system into the basis for the much-maligned office cubicle. 


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