You never know what you will find when you look in the nooks and crannies–and bookcases–of a design office. I found this gem the other day and had to crack the cover to compare it in my mind to the books that I became so acquainted with while in design school. Anatomy for Interior Designers by Julius Panero, Illustrated by Nino Repetto.
Here is the intro for the section called “The Business Office”
The Business Office
The popularity of the office party is so great that it is often no longer confined to Christmas. Clerks, stenographers, salesmen, executives, and even accountants are finding more and more opportunities for getting loaded together. It is perhaps for this reason more than any other that, as office space becomes dearer, each individual worker, while forced by circumstances to be nearer his neighbor, needs the modern equivalent of a bundling board to separate himself as much as possible from the neighbor. This is clearly because (a) The chasee of the previous night does not want to have to listen to the excuses of the the chaser (particularly if the chaser was caught); (b) The chaser wants to be able to get away and hide until he or she thinks up a good excuse.
We are not absolutely certain that manufacturers of furniture and equipment have recognized all the nuances arising from these activities but our measurements will help designers arrange units in logical ways–to provide the proper party atmosphere when occasion demands. No-one need worry about whether the furniture or equipment functions for work and play; our office worker community is quite original in the art of adaptation.
If you want your own copy, you can get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Interior-Designers-Julius-Panero/dp/0823070263