From a linear office layout concerned with rank and manufacturing, to the human-centred workplace we know today, office design has evolved drastically in the past century.

The office wasn't always open-plan, nor was it always focused on collaboration and wellbeing. Heavily influenced by the manufacturing sector in the 1900s, office design has, indeed, jumped through several hoops to become the smart and agile workplace we strive for today. 

From Taylorism, through the infamous Cubicle Farm, all the way to the advent of technology and the office of the future, our infographic of the evolution of office design covers it all. 

 

Infographic of the evolution of office design

Made in Bulgaria, raised in Morocco, "matured" in the UK, Elissaveta is our Editor-in-Chief. Her career started in the field of architecture and design where she developed a talent for creative thinking and an eye for aesthetics. In 2014, she found her calling in design journalism and now has over three years’ experience in writing about design & architecture.