A 1938 Workspace: Inside The Garage Where HP Was Founded

We’ve featured some minimal-looking workspaces here on Lifehacker, but this one is minimal for an unusual reason: it hasn’t been used for decades. Step inside for a rare glimpse inside the Palo Alto garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard first began designing an audio oscillator.

The HP Garage is now maintained as a historical site, and kept as an accurate replica of the original workspace used by HP’s founders. It isn’t open to the general public, but I got to tour it on a media visit to the US back in 2008.

I’d largely forgotten about it until I was tidying up my photo library recently, and realised it would make an interesting featured workspace. Despite the primitive setting, it embodies many of the design principles we like: keeping gear sorted in containers, making use of whatever space you’ve got, not overwhelming your space with clutter, having workplace lighting where you need it, and ensuring that there’s some coffee around. Click on each image for a larger version.

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