Monday, May 7, 2012

Executive Visit II

President Obama will be here in just a couple days, if we had the chance we'd love to sit him down to discuss the decoration of the World's most important office space - the Oval Office. 

For such a controversial office it's certainly decorated pretty conservatively. Is this the image we want to put forth as representing the country that leads the world in almost everything? 

The one part of the office we DO love is the floor that was installed back in 2005. Here's one example of where the designers nailed it, but then they made the mistake of covering it all up with that carpet. 

The design of an executive office has a lot to do with how a that executive is perceived. With people calling for greater transparency in government, we thought the office below might be a good example for Obama to follow if he were to redesign the Oval Office. We also loved the pops of orange that keep the space interesting 

We also liked the next design. This "green" office has the advantage of appeasing the environmentalists as well as the special interest on Wall Street at the same time. 

Everyone seems to be upset with government spending these days. With that in mind, perhaps a move to greater efficiency is what the White House needs. These "work pods" at Google might be just the answer. 

But let's not forget that the executive office should represent the man in the office. This Australian CEO's office does just that. Not only representing the man, but celebrating him. 

OK, while impressive, that may be a bit much. It could lead the president to be perceived as arrogant. Maybe something a little more simple is what's called for. This architectural office is the ultimate in simplicity, without being boring. We loved the clean lines with bold colors. The fact that workers are forced to sit close to each other and directly across from one another ensures some form of compromise. 

One thing we've always loved at next summer is the combination of rustic and contemporary design. We loved this office below because it looks modern, but warm. We also liked the environmentally friendly aspect of re-use. 

Finally, we found two executive desks that we think should definitely be incorporated into any executive office re-design. First, we love the combination of natural wood and chrome in the sleek desk below. 

Then we found the desk below which seems a perfect combination of the 21st century future, as well as the long history, of the executive office. 

Let us know your opinions of these office re-designs and feel free to send us your own office designs. 

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