Best Offices on Television and in Film
Some of the best parts of watching office dramas are the offices themselves. Many are set in traditional spaces with endless rows of cubicles, with the standouts being those that look to create a work environment that’s inviting. With the amount of time spent at work, it seems only right to attempt to make the place look nice. To find inspiration, let’s look to some of the best offices on television and in film:
The Devil Wears Prada
This New York-based film about the struggles of working in the fashion industry perfectly illustrates why so many are desperate to be a part of it. It exudes glamour and exclusivity. Every office has fresh flowers and everything appears expensive. The office of Meryl Streep’s character, seen above, is spacious and not lacking in furniture, without looking cluttered. There are two guest chairs in front of her desk, with two other seating areas for guests; one surrounds a coffee table, while another sits near the windows looking out into New York City.
The Mindy Project
If you’ve ever watched The Mindy Project, you’ll know that her office is a perfect exhibition of who she is. It’s bright, colorful and sophisticated. Gray and white are used to offset the loud pinks and reds. One notable aspect is that Mindy’s chair is red and the two guest chairs are white. Her character enjoys the spotlight, which makes this interior design decision seem deliberate. They also chose to incorporate personal touches with the office decor, from her college diplomas to pictures of family. This can make the workplace feel more like a home.
In what appears to be an old warehouse, the offices in The Intern are open plan with a few closed conference rooms. It was modeled after real-life startup offices, like Nasty Gal and Moda Operandi. It features co-working spaces, which are great for collaborative office work. Anne Hathaway’s character, CEO of the company, has her desk out in the open, another new staple of start-ups. This is meant to encourage group discussions and to discourage the feeling of distance with those in high-power positions.
Mad Men is known for its set design, having been cited in countless publications and winning various awards over the years. They are known for making their sets look as lifelike as possible, with the show’s executive producer, Matthew Weiner, claiming that they tried to get everything to look accurate, even down to a pack of Lifesaver mints being half-opened in a desk drawer. The meticulous efforts carry over into the furniture chosen. This particular office highlights Florence Knoll Sofas, a timeless piece still seen in offices today.
House of Cards
This political drama is set in Washington, with many scenes at its recreated version of the White House. Lots of grays and golds are shown and interwoven into costume design, as well. Lounge areas are used for discussions and meetings amongst advisors. The set designers chose artwork that they felt would reflect the characters, as one would get to choose little details such as this if they were to become President. While most of us don’t work in the White House, we can take inspiration from how the artwork and furniture makes for a comfortable place to conduct business.
This TV series, which starred America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams, was a comedy series about how vain the fashion world can be. Ferrera’s character, “Ugly Betty,” looks like a fish out of water next to the beautiful people and lavish offices. They feature modern furniture, deliberately pretentious art and have open walls that look into the other rooms of the workplace. It has a 1960s, futuristic vibe that looks like how one would picture a fashion office on The Jetsons. This room exhibits how white walls can be a great approach when one plans to incorporate bright colors into the decor. The eye doesn’t have to decide what to focus on, as it automatically goes to what is most alluring.