Systems furniture is a generic term for bundles of panels, worksurfaces, shelves, and other items sold by a single manufacturer as a package for furnishing offices. Cubicles and the sea of cubicles are the item most often associated with systems furniture, but other open plan arrangements such as office landscape are possible.
Robert Propst of the Herman Miller company is usually credited with inventing systems furniture. His original system named Action Office was quickly copied by other companies. Although these systems were not originally intended to compress office workers to maximum density, they were quickly adapted to that purpose. 
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