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Aaron Sorkin's Office Is Better Than Yours Will Ever Be

Aaron Sorkin (Jaguar PS /">Shutterstock)
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Aaron Sorkin is Aaron Sorkin, and that means that when he sits down to write something better than anything you will ever write he needs to be in an office that is nicer than any office you will ever have. This point was driven home in a profile for "Architectural Digest," in which the reader is given a tour of Sorkin's Hollywood office, located on the Sunset Gower Studio lot.

Sorkin brought in decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard to spruce the place up, because, he guffaws to the reporter, “It’s not that I have bad taste...It’s that I have no taste.” Oh hahahaha.

The final effect looks like a bachelor pad-cum-1950's steak house, but with a desktop Mac instead of a plate of New York strip. If you're wondering how to achieve the same effect, here are some tips:

“Aaron loves that 1940s writer’s atelier vibe, so I designed the space as a cross between a classic Hollywood creative office and the executive suite of a studio powerhouse,” the decorator explains. In practical terms, Bullard translated that précis into an assortment of dark-wood cabinetry and antique furniture—notably an imposing 19th-century partners desk—along with 1940s French leather club chairs, vintage lighting, a striped grass-cloth wall covering, sea-grass carpeting, and a plush velvet sofa that’s ideal for courting inspiration (or taking naps).

If you didn't understand most of those words, don't worry—the next step is far more accessible:
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Sorkin applied his own stamp with a collection of black-and-white photographs of great American writers such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Clifford Odets, as well as vintage pen-and-ink sets and other tokens of his craft and framed pictures of his 12-year-old daughter, Roxy.

But the third and final piece of putting together an office like Aaron Sorkin's will probably leave you depressed, because this:

Of course, no office for a writer of Sorkin’s caliber would be complete without a proper trophy case, and Bullard has obliged with a massive custom-made cabinet laden with all manner of gold and crystal laurels—the Emmy statues alone could fill a wheelbarrow. “If I’m feeling bad,” says Sorkin, “I sometimes look over there and think, ‘I had a hard time when I was writing The Social Network. And, you know, that turned out okay.’”

A) You can't afford "all manner of gold and crystal laurels" and B) ...Emmys.

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