In the 1950’s cubicles were an interior designer’s attempt to add flair to the office environment. Quickborner, A German design group, broke up rows of desks into a more organic grouping with partitions for privacy – and called it Bürolandschaft or ‘office landscape’.
Over the decades the cubicles became associated with a depersonalized work life and fell from favor early this century mainly due to Silicon Valley startups who adopted the open office concept plan and businesses elsewhere copied the idea.
However, the recent pandemic has made people appreciate private, personal space. Cubicle walls are an ideal tool to contain the spread of viruses and provide the security of feeling protected.