Recall the Office Furniture History through the Movie

Recall the Office Furniture History through the Movie

In film and television dramas, in addition to the plot and actors, there is another factor that must not be ignored-the scene. An excellent film is often very delicate in its scene configuration, which can truly reflect the era and historical background in the film.

Many films are inseparable from office space scenes. Looking back at these classic films today, we can not only look back to the history of furniture design, but also look forward to future design inspirations.

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The film "Marnie"

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American drama "Mad Men"

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The film "Quantum of Solace"

Many films are inseparable from office space scenes. Looking back at these classic films today, we can not only look back to the history of furniture design, but also look forward to future design inspirations.

Today’s Inspiration column, let us as “workers” follow the time and space projector to review the past and present of the office space, and then look forward to what the office space will look like in the future.

1. Early 20th century

Efficiency / System / Level

When it comes to the origin of office space, Frederick Taylor must be inseparable. He is good at researching incentive mechanisms and production efficiency. He laid the foundation for the management system of modern enterprises and also proposed the formation of office space. The far-reaching "Taylorism".

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureAs the British scholar Ward Hysen said, “Taylorism has as profound influence on efficiency-oriented design aesthetics as Bauhaus’ influence on modernist design”.

Office FurnitureIn order to improve labor productivity, in office planning and design, employees are regarded as "economic units", so that scientific, rigorous and disciplined design is carried out, and human factors are rarely considered.

Office FurnitureLarkin Administration Office Building

The Larkin Administrative Office Building in Buffalo, New York, designed by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, was the first time that architectural design and management philosophy were combined.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureThe building uses the atrium patio to introduce natural light as much as possible, providing a more transparent and comfortable office environment for mainly female employees. It became the first office building design that took gender elements as a design consideration in the early 20th century. 

2. 1950s

Rebellion / Humanity / Randomness

The mechanical office environment lasted until an abrupt end in the 1950s. In the 1957 film "Desk Set", we were able to walk into that open era and feel the texture of modern design in a comfortable office space.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureThe Schneller brothers of Hamburg, Germany, who seem to be "against Taylorism", proposed a "de-factory" office space layout idea, and called it "landscape office".

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureUnder their design layout, the office is given more free and flexible functions, each department is connected to each other, and the space is separated by green plants.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureIn a more open office, the staff also appear more casual and comfortable in their jobs.

3. 1960s

Action / Science / Progress 

In the American drama "Mad Men", the American advertising company in the 1920s and 1960s was used as the background to completely restore the structure of office space in that era.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureOffice FurnitureIn addition to showing a love for mid-century modern furniture, the film also focuses on mid-century lighting. There are many iconic design lamps in Roger Sterling's office, including FLOS floor lamps and Nesso desk lamps on his desk.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureAs early as 1950, many office workers were plagued by health problems caused by sedentary sitting. The well-known furniture manufacturer Herman Miller launched a series of office furniture that can be moved and assembled at will in the 60th century-Action Office series, which is also their early ergonomic design. 

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureOffice Furniture4. 1980s

Estranged / Closed / Negative

However, the original Action Office system did not last long, because of the overall economic depression and the shrinking of production problems, but this kind of thinking was changed into a different form and continued-the grid was born.

Office FurnitureOffice FurniturePerhaps such a form really improves office efficiency? But it is true that the enthusiasm of employees is greatly weakened. The film "Office Space" portrays the absurd life of people in this kind of work environment that goes back and forth without seeing the sky, and also shows people's disgust and dissatisfaction with the cubicle.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureThe design that was once designed to facilitate the movement of employees has finally become a shackle that separates each other.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureThe American drama "Nine to Five" is inspired by the real-life movement aimed at empowering women in the workplace, and it also reveals the dissatisfaction of office women with the nine-to-five and the grid.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureThe lattice pattern has always been deeply imprinted in our impression of office space, because it greatly reduces the cost of office space and also echoes the rational characteristics of modern capitalism.

 5. Since the 21st century

 Community / Openness / Communication

Since the beginning of the 21st century, with the development of wireless technology, office space has also been transformed from a closed cubicle in the past to a more convenient and flexible community space.

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In the American drama "Suit", you can not only see the wonderful interpretation of many classic furniture, but also feel the essence of the current office space-openness and sharing.

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Mies van der Rohe’s classic Barcelona chair and Brno chair both appear in the office in the play, decorated with modernist designs, making the whole scene more flexible and rich.

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Urban Outfitters office space

Co-working space has also become a popular choice. With the rapid increase of more creative work, communication and communication have become the most critical needs.

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Office FurnitureMuuto's office space project in Denmark

Office space has gradually become a part of brand image and assets. Most companies will devote more time and experience to create more design offices.

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Muuto's office space in Madrid has a high degree of freedom and can work efficiently in a comfortable space.

In the film "The Intern", the filming location becomes the epitome of modern office space.

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The venue is located in New York, inspired by the headquarters of e-commerce companies such as Moda Operandi, Nasty Gal and One King Lane, to create an open office environment and strengthen the team’s working atmosphere.

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Office space has changed from the key factors of “identity and level” in the past to the key words of “efficient and flexible” today. It has to be said that the rapid development of electronic equipment and artificial intelligence has indeed played an indelible role. Today, there are also many films exploring the future office space pattern.

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In the science fiction movie "Her", the first impression of the male protagonist's office space presents more possibilities for rich colors. The translucent glass floor-to-ceiling windows also continue the public features since the 21st century.

Office FurnitureOffice FurnitureThe Herman Miller ergonomic chair used in the office once again emphasizes the positive role that science will bring to employees in the future. However, at the same time as the rise of artificial intelligence, the invisible gap seems to appear in the office space again... Is this a reincarnation? It is also worth thinking about.

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