Office space is shrinking and privacy is scarcer than ever. Some furniture designers are responding to this problem by changing the cube to provide privacy while other designers are keeping Generation Y happy by doing away with office enclosures altogether. In one version of the cubicle, curvilinear panels of translucent glass with sliding doors and windows surround workers with light while screening out distractions. This article notes that cubicles are now seen as cumbersome. “Scootable” furnishings are the rage. Industry research suggests the key to a sense of privacy is not isolation but control over one’s environment. Light, temperature and noise controls rather than walls are the current keys to creating privacy.

Source: Barbara Rose, Seattle Times; July 23, 2006

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