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by habituallychic

09 . 01 . 10
There are a lot of important issues going on in the world but the press is jumping all over the fact that President Obama had the Oval Office redecorated recently.  Margaret Russell, the new editor in chief of Architectural Digest, even made an appearance on The Today Show to comment of the room.  She hoped that it would bring attention to the design industry which has still not fully recovered and also to all the American companies whose products were used in the space.  Every president has redecorated the Oval Office to suit their needs and style.  How would you like it if you started a new job and had to live with the office decor of the person before you?  I don’t think it would be very fun.  Since we spend at least 40 hours working in our office and probably more, why would you not want it to be the most inspiring place?  I’m fascinated by the office of creative people and have included many of them here.  I’m still looking for Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta!  I bet theirs are beyond chic! Enjoy!
Jenna Lyons of J.Crew
Aerin Lauder of Estee Lauder
Another look at Aerin Lauder’s office from Domino
Diane von Furstenberg at work
A look at Diane in her design studio.
A detail of Diane’s desk. 
Minimal chic at Michael Kors.
I love the pencil holders on Peter Som’s desk.
Reed Krakoff at his Coach office from Domino.
Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo
Fashion designer Isabel Toledo at work.
Yves Saint Laurent’s desk by Hedi Slimane
A detail of YSL’s board by Ivan Terestchenko
The studio office at Yves Saint Laurent.
Artist Hugo Guinness at work.
Architect Frank Gehry and his books.
Fashion designer Jason Wu.
Publisher Prosper Assouline’s chic red office.
Valentino at work.
Valentino in his studio.
Karl Lagerfeld sketching.
Anna Wintour in her Vogue office.

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  1. La Maison Fou September 1, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Such inspirational workplaces.
    I really like these, I could get a lot of work done here!


  2. AlwaysMe September 1, 2010 | 3:26 pm

    Loved looking at the workspaces of such inspiring people. Did you notice how many of them had flowers on their desks? Also, I wonder what Jenna Lyons finds inspiring about the large beetle picture she has on her inspiration wall – eewww!

  3. Teresa Hatfield September 1, 2010 | 3:29 pm

    Love Aerin Lauder’s office, but I love her home too. I am surprised that some of the others are not as beautiful as their design work, but it is a place to work I assume. I love this post. Thanks for sharing, and I can’t wait to see the others either.
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  4. jones September 1, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    The only element of the new Oval Office interior that seems a bit off (at least to me) is the coffee table. Otherwise, I think it projects the perfect feel of this presidency.

  5. Shorely Chic September 1, 2010 | 3:35 pm

    These are great inspiration – thanks for sharing 🙂

    I will pretend for now!

  6. Tabitha September 1, 2010 | 4:07 pm

    How wonderful, I would be ashamed to show my study!

  7. Jenna September 1, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    I loved this post, Heather! There’s always something intriguing about how the “successful and glamorous” spend their 9 to 5!

  8. Christina September 1, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    Not to mention he has to occasionally hold broadcasts from that room. You would want it looking professional. If it didn’t look perfect you would have people complaining about how he looks unprofessional or doesn’t care.

  9. a Broad September 1, 2010 | 4:38 pm

    I love Erin Lauder’s office.
    I read a remark about the new Oval Office color scheme ( “” 8 shades of brown) and I have to say I would have liked it with a little more color .. red and blue perhaps?

  10. Wheaton September 1, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    It is my understanding that the Oval Office is used for ceremony and not day to day office work. I think it is the perfect background to highlight the people in the room, not the stuff. It is also my understanding that the fabric on the couches does have a “red white and blue” thread woven though that may not be evident in the photos. Personally I love the room.
    On another note Aerin Lauder’s desk has been stuck in my brain since I first saw the Domino layout. Love it!

  11. Alice Olive September 1, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    I love all the mood boards… (I think you may have posted about that previously.)

  12. suzy spellman September 1, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    The Oval Office remodel is a disaster. If Margaret Russell is promoting this work to inspire people to hire designers, she will set the industry back to the point of a full on depression.

    Mauren Dowd has a perfect analysis

    As for the other offices you have highlited – they are all lovely and inspirational.

  13. JoANNa September 1, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    gENIAL THE POST!!! thank you!!

  14. Ijeoma September 1, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    Very lovely post, it’s always inspiring to see where other creatives work.

    Happy 1st of September!

  15. Lissa @ After Adornment September 1, 2010 | 8:43 pm

    Always great to see the work spaces of creative minds.
    Note to self: buy flowers for desk!!!

  16. Slim Paley September 1, 2010 | 10:46 pm

    Love this post!

  17. Hello Lover... September 2, 2010 | 12:56 am

    I cannot even imagine what it would be like to spend all day in a gorgeous office like any of these!

  18. Gramercy Home September 2, 2010 | 1:10 am

    Such an inspiring post – I love seeing behind the scenes of such creative people.

  19. qerat September 2, 2010 | 9:12 am

    Loved this post. Always enjoy seeing how different creative people create their own spaces.

  20. Coco Coterie September 2, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    Such lovely, interesting photos.
    Have a lovely, chic day ~ xox Alexandra

  21. Charlie September 2, 2010 | 12:57 pm

    Great series.
    Do you have any info about the chair in which Mr. Grank Gehry is sitting?


  22. pve design September 2, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    All these desks certainly do show such flair. I adore the YSL image and of course every office has such personality.
    Great images~

  23. diane@onlinefabricstore September 2, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    I relate to the desks with lots of “organized” piles of work on them as that is how mine looks. Not an Obama fan but do love the couches.

  24. Babs September 2, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    Talk about some much needed inspiration for a Thursday! It is time for a serious workspace overhaul.

  25. la cabeza de maria antonieta September 2, 2010 | 5:28 pm

    Love this post!!

  26. dreams-at-work September 2, 2010 | 11:29 pm

    One of the most interesting posts I have seen lately! Great job! And it appears in a time when I am redecorating my own office so hopefully I can get some inspiration!

  27. Casey September 3, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    I liked everything about the Oval Office redecorating except the wallpaper. The couches look so comfy I want to flop down on them. I love the blue lamps that you can’t see in this picture, and the idea of putting quotes around the edge of the rug.
    Aerin Lauder’s office is by far my favorite. I just wish I could keep my desk as neat and tidy!

  28. keena September 6, 2010 | 12:01 am

    ahhh, much easier to be creative in a creative space.

  29. The Simply Luxurious Life October 26, 2010 | 12:52 am

    I always love seeing where people work. So many great ideas. A wonderful post. Thank you.