Gensler designers capture the look of Bush-era Oval Office

Last week, I had the opportunity to interview Gensler designers Judy Pesek and Rena Hardeman about their design of the replica Oval Office inside the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

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Designers Rena Hardeman (left) and Judy Pesek sit on a sofa in the replica Oval Office. Photo courtesy of Rena Hardeman

After discussing their process of researching and replicating the antique furniture that once adorned the office of our 43rd president, I was impressed with Pesek and Hardeman’s intense attention to detail and their desire to recreate not only the furnishings but the “feeling” of the Bush-era Oval Office.

Many of the 500,000 people that are expected to visit the interactive museum exhibit might not notice that the two Pembroke tables have slightly different inlays or that there are different colored fibers twisted together to create the proper color in the rug. However, the designers knew they achieved what they had set out to do when a Bush administration staff member approached them during the dedication ceremony to tell them that their work was “uncanny.”

“He said that not only did we capture the physical space, we captured the spirit,” Hardeman said.

Read the story here: http://www.contractdesign.com/contract/news/Gensler-creates-exac-8803.shtml

A photo of the replica Oval Office in the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Rena Hardeman

A photo of the replica Oval Office in the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
Photo courtesy of Rena Hardeman

 

 

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