The cubicle creator
Inventor Robert Propst set out to revolutionize the American office. He succeeded with his 1968 design for furniture manufacture Herman Miller called Action Office.

While his intention, outlined clearly in his book, "The Office: A Facility Based on Change," was to create a more dynamic and flexible workspace, his invention inadvertently paved the way for today's cubicle culture.

Propst, who passed away in 2000, ran Herman Miller's research division for many years and helped the company evolve from an upscale home furnishing manufacturer into one of the nation's leading industrial design firms.