The Design of Workspaces Past, Present, and Future

From the nineteenth century “counting house” to the modern-day cubicle, the layout of our workspaces has undergone some pretty radical changes over the years.

This hour, we look at the history of our beloved desks and cubicles with author Nikil Saval. We also talk to some workplace architects about what goes into office design.

And later, Connecticut artist Joe Fig tells us how he’s been using his craft to recreate the workspaces of some of today’s leading artists.


  • Nikil Saval - Editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
  • Tony Amenta - Principal at Amenta|Emma Architects, P.C.
  • Tom Eich - Chief Technology Officer and Partner at IDEO
  • Joe Fig - Connecticut-based artist and author of Inside the Painter’s Studio