I had to come to believe — and was prepared to put in writing — that the cubicle will go down in the history of work with the same reputation as shackles did. But higher authorities on the matter have decided that the cubicle will be glamorous again before it goes down in history. Whether it is heading in that direction any time soon is in fact debatable. Herman Miller’s Action Office brand of the 1960s is alive and well.

It is quite surprising that in the age of mobility the cubicle would be enjoying a comeback. After all, many office workers, and notably those in IT, are set free to roam and work from client sites, home offices, the road or a wireless caf