Perch with poise
Propst, the creator of Action Office, the world’s first open-plan office system, designed a hybrid of a stool and chair he termed a “perch”. Nelson, who was appointed Design Director in 1947, enjoyed standing around at work and thought others might also. He designed a stand-up, rolltop desk for the Action Office line. Both designers recognised the benefits of standing whilst working, long before the term “ergonomics” was widely known or understood.