Who knew office furniture could be so interesting?

1. The first commercial offices appeared in industrial cities throughout the Northern United States in the late 19th century.

First Offices

2. One of the earliest innovators of the modern office chair was Charles Darwin who added wheels to his chair to get to his specimens quicker while in his study.

Charles Darwin's Chair

3. People in the United States spend at least 1,896 hours per year at work. (Better make sure you get a comfortable chair from HON!)

1896 Sitting Hours

4. The office chair became popular when Otto Von Bismarck distributed them through parliament while he was in office.

Office Chair Grows in Popularity

5. The most popular exhibits during the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia were the New Office Equipment and Office Furniture exhibits.

Historic Office Furniture Exhibits

6. Two German brothers dreamed up the first open-plan office. They called it Bürolandschaft, or “office landscape.”

The first open plan office

7. The tax code is somewhat to blame for the popularity of panel systems. The 1960s saw a change in tax code making it easier for companies to write off depreciating assets.

Tax code

What other fun office furniture facts can you share?

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