It’s easy to think that office design has never been more relevant or more debated. In many ways, this is true. The COVID-19 pandemic changed work culture in ways nearly unimaginable—the home office and the office became synonymous, then uncoupled into a relationship more frictional that seen before. Some companies introduced so-called lifestyle amenities to incentivize workers back to the office, and some ditched a collaborative workspace all together. Even though these past three years may represent some of the biggest shifts in office design, The Office of Good Intentions. Human(s) Work, a new book from Taschen, reminds us these weren’t the first.