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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The offices of Mad Men (and their girls!)...

Okay, I am hooked on AMC's Mad Men.  I managed to avoid the series until recently, when I was bored and pushed the "On Demand" button, on my Comcast cable box.  Up came Mad Men, so I gorged myself on all of season 3.  This led to renting the first 2 seasons and now I am hooked.

I hate to admit it, but I am just old enough to recognize some of this... I learned to type on one of those beige IBM Selectrics.  Sets decorated by Amy Wells.

These photos are of the old Sterling Cooper office.  At the end of last season the new Sterling Cooper Drapper Pryce office was in a hotel room.

What would I like to see make a come back?  Cocktail hour... Who do I most want to be?  Why, Joan, of course!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wall space...

This photo series was found on Flickr, posted by miss vu .  There's a lot to talk about here... the evolution of her desk, the beautiful lamps (I want the eiffel tower!), the beautiful, fun accessories and flowers, flowers, flowers.  But I am fascinated with the use of the wall space - both as art and as inspiration.

Here, she goes from using an actual "board", with a confined space,  to just using the entire wall surface...

I am on the lookout for the pink tape...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hail to the Chief...

I recently watched the mini series "John Adams", which was wonderfully done.  One of the most interesting things was the condition of the White House at the time he came to office.  The building was a shambles.  This sent me to hunt down some more inspiring photos of the most famous office in the world.

This is one of the earliest photos of the actual Oval Office, in 1909, William H. Taft was President.  Before this, other rooms in the White House were used as Presidential offices.

Calvin Coolidge's office in 1927.

In 1929 the Oval Office was seriously burned in a fire.

Franklin Roosevelt's office in 1945.

The first of the more modern era Oval Offices, and the first TV to enter the office.  Dwight D. Eisenhauer, 1956.

President John F. Kennedy actually had 3 different office decors... only two of which he lived to use.

He used the Eisenhower decor in 1961...

JFK's office in 1963... which is adapted to his back problems.

While the Kennedys were on that fateful trip to Dallas, his office was redecorated... neither he nor Jackie ever saw this office.  It was dismantled before his body returned to Washington.

The office of Lyndon Johnson, who used most of the redecorated Kennedy office.  Now there are 3 televisions.

The office of Ronald Regan, on his last day... I really like how bright and elegant this office is.

The office of Bill Clinton, 1996.  There's something casual and cheerful about this office...

President Barack Obama's office... where's the TV?  I think this office reflects elegance and respect. He chose to keep the rug that George Bush installed.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Where ever you go, there you are...

You've got to love this - a traveling office, complete with coffee maker!

I especially like that there are 2 chairs, so that visitors are welcome...

Found on The Office Stylist. "Kruikantoor" is designed by Tim Vinke.  
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