Room of the Week – President Obama’s new Oval Office

This week The White House released pictures of the newly designed Oval office.  So there was no other room to blog about but this one

Rummer has it that the interior designer responsible is Michael Smith.

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The most noticeable changes are the striped gold wall paper and new rug.  This office has a more comfortable, and casual and contemporary look, a little too monochromatic for my taste but a much needed face lift.    The new rug has the Presidential Seal and a border with five historical quotes that are meaningful to President Obama.

  • “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Government of the People, By the People, For the People” – President Abraham Lincoln
  • “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings” – President John F. Kennedy
  • “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” – President Theodore Roosevelt

The art work on the wall has changed back to President Clinton’s office, the portrait of George Washington has remained over the fireplace mantel. The new sofas are much more contemporary, and the side chairs with new upholstery are recycled from President George W. Bush’s time in office and the drapes have not changed.  I like the modern Blue lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller and how that color is picked up in the pillows and on the rug, I also like the new coffee table.  The side tables are the same ones used during both President George W. Bush’s term and President Clinton’s time in office.

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Here are some before pictures, the Bush Oval Office

Before and After

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And President Clinton’s Oval office

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President George Bush Senior

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President Regan

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President Carter kept the Ford office

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President Johnson’s office.  During Kennedy’s term the oval office had a red rug Johnson had it changed to blue; love the TV sets.

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President Kennedy – His office was redecorated while he was on the fateful trip to Dallas

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The Oval Office to me is not just were the President works, it is the room he meets and greets heads of state, foreign dignitaries, and leaders from around the world.  It should be a grand and gracious room, tasteful and stylish worthy of the President.

Firoozeh Khorrami

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2 responses to “Room of the Week – President Obama’s new Oval Office

  1. Love this – history and design combined – very interesting and something a little different and a reflection that Firozeh is an original and a design genious!! Call her now!!

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