Perhaps you are reading this in a modern, open office, with tables spread as far as the eye can see (and slightly less privacy than you might expect in a busy airport restroom).

If so, take a moment to mourn the passing of Florence Knoll Bassett, who died at 101 years of age on Friday. 

An office "design force" who was a "leading innovator of modern interiors and furnishings in the 1950s and '60s," according to a New York Times obituary, Bassett's influential work was unusual for its time, because it "favored open work spaces over private offices, and furniture grouped for informal discussions."

Sound familiar? Granted, her designs inspired rather than created today's open office, and workers don't always love the atmosphere. But if you run a company, and if you have dozens or hundreds of employees, chances are you owe something of your setup to Bassett. May she rest in peace.

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Published on: Jan 29, 2019
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