Reading Between the Sofas: Marian Salzman on the Oval Office’s New Additions


Marian Salzman, president of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, was among the expert voices pulled in to a New York Times article on the Oval Office’s “makeover.”

Here’s what she tells the Times about the impact of the Oval Office’s new items:

President Obama introduced blue into the overall color scheme in a way that conveys his more holistic commitment to change. Not only is his office warmer – think caramel – but it also gives a nod to the environment with the vibrant shades of blue he uses as accent hues. It’s a quick, design-y way to say, “I’m always thinking about the planet and our future generations, even when I am meeting and greeting heads of state, contemplating legislation, or doing whatever presidents do in their private office spaces.”

The Times lists the furniture added in the redo as “a woven rug with quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and others; two fawn-colored cotton-rayon sofas; two elegant midnight-blue lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller; and an extremely contemporary mica coffee table from Roman Thomas, a New York furnituremaker.”