I've seen the pictures from Fog Creek Software's offices of their Star Trek couch. Why is that a Star Trek couch? Was the same style of couch used on-set of TNG or something?

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From Fogcreek.com

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    Doesn't that huge ring magnet cause problems with electronics? I'd think twice before setting my phone down on that table.
    – Simon
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:15
  • @Simon it's Manhattan, practicality stands before vogue like a leaf before the tsunami.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 18:53
  • A friend of mine had a similar one, his father created a company incorporated as Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd. We used to call it the mothership
    – alphaapple
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 3:40
  • Whoa, it seems my college bought all the library furniture from the Star Trek excess department. Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:29

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The couch pictured above is actually downstairs in the Fog Creek office.

Stack Exchange has its own Star Trek couch (I'm told it was purchased because Joel specifically said it looks like a Star Trek couch). Here's a picture of one of its sections:

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It's actually gray and purple; it came out blue in the photo. So...

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I see a color scheme resemblance.

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    I can personally confirm the veracity of this. :D
    – Aarthi
    Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 19:59
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    This is the Star Trek couch. Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 20:26
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    @JoelSpolsky where did you guys find that?
    – Chad Levy
    Commented Oct 30, 2011 at 22:40
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    That is, unquestionably, a Star Trek Couch. I think it would stay a Star Trek Couch even if you changed the photo's blue to red or purple.
    – jprete
    Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 21:04
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    @Trollwut really? I see blue & black.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 18:54

On both Star Trek The Next Generation, in counselor Deanna Troi's office and in Star Trek Voyager in Captain Janeway's office there were these partitioned winding snaking couches lining a section of a room or wall of the exact same design as the one in the Fog Creek offices.

In the late 1980s and early 90s these were considered to be minimalist and futuristic-looking designs with lines and contours that flowed agreeably with the design of the surrounding sets aka the 24th century starship. Examples of these can be seen by googling images of either "Janeway ready room" or "Troi's office"

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  • I don't think you're wrong, but can you offer any proof that there's a connection?
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 17:04
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    @Richard - The picture itself would seem to be valid proof for an affirmative answer to the question "Was the same style of couch used on-set of TNG or something?", even if there's no definitive proof that this is what the people at Fog Creek Software were thinking of when they named their couch (but it does seem like a very strong likelihood).
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 17:13
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    @Hypnosifl - If you look at the accepted answer, it's clear that the curvy couch (picture in the original question) isn't actually the Star Trek Couch they were referring to.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 17:37
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    @Hypnosifl - My reading of Joel's comment was that the OP has mis-identified which couch the blog post was referring to.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 18:16
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    @Richard - Ah, thanks, I just read Brett's answer but missed Joel Spolsky's "That's not it" comment (user43031 probably missed it too, or didn't realize Joel worked at Stack Exchange).
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 18:28

I think it's the cool couch pictured on their web site's About page here.

Judging by that web page's content, I assume it's just a cool 1960's-looking couch. They probably watch Star Trek from that couch on the big plasma TV they mention. They are programmers after all. (What better to watch when taking a break from some code you're thrashing on?)

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    This is not the Star Trek Couch. Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 20:26
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    @JoelSpolsky what you should have said is, "This is not the Star Trek couch you are looking for." Or am I mixing my SciFi references?
    – John S.
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 20:32

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