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Here’s How Vice President Kamala Harris Should Decorate Her New Office
In honor of the Veep’s move into her official residence this week, we humbly put forth our top furniture and accessories choices for her home office.
Though it’s been months since Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office, due to ongoing renovations she is only just now moving into the official Veep residence at Number One Observatory Circle. Given how demanding her job is, we thought we’d help out by putting forth suggestions for her home office design.
Here’s what we know about her taste from her fashion choices: She likes to stick with monochromatic colors, she loves a tailored look, and she prioritizes comfort (we love that she chicly pairs Converse sneakers with a suit!). Another factor we considered is how important it must be to have a place of respite to recuperate from her day; she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, after all. Given this criteria, we selected a creamy, neutral palette layered with different textures to create a tranquil ambience.
When it comes to furniture, we propose sophisticated yet functional pieces, only sourcing from the best for our first female vice president, and, coincidentally, more than half of our recommendations were designed by women. From a leather-clad desk that cleverly conceals paperwork, to oversized comfy armchairs for VIP visitors, to a rug featuring hopeful rays of the sun, this dream room is fit for a queen—or for Madam Vice President.
The Cristine desk by Marta Sala Editions tempers brutalist forms with elegance, and the cream leather material gives a soft overall effect. We love that Harris can hide some of her paperwork behind the wall-like sides if she wishes when meeting with official guests.
After a long day of speaking engagements and meetings, this fully upholstered Cove chair by Kelly Wearstler offers the comfort Harris needs. We envision it upholstered in a black-and-white Chanel-esque tweed like this Cherié jacquard by Dedar.
We chose to anchor the room with nature’s symbol of power, the sun, emblazoned on the floor in this beautiful hand-knotted Tibetan wool-and-silk rug by Mary Katrantzou for the Rug Company.
With a scene-stealing desk like the Cristine above, chic accessories are a must, and this texture raffia set by Pigeon and Poodle will look stunning against the smooth cream-colored leather.
Getting the lighting right is so important in an office, and this chic yet functional pivoting desk lamp by Ian K. Fowler for Circa Lighting ticks all the right boxes.
Who wouldn’t want to settle in to one of these lounge chairs in front of Harris’s desk for when she hosts guests or perhaps when she wants to read a book herself?
As a subtle ode to Dr. William Thornton (the first architect of the U.S. Capitol and the designer of the Octagon, one of D.C.’s most iconic historic homes), we couldn’t let this eight-sided oak wastebasket—well—go to waste.
This elegant étagère by Jonathan Adler offers the perfect display background for all of Harris’s books, family photos, and personal mementos. We recommend she buy at least two of them!
To remind her of home, we thought San Francisco–based Kajal Zaveri’s art would be a good choice, and this oil painting in particular, entitled Tranquil Day, adds a calming finishing touch to the room.