Scandal’s Interiors Prove that Glamour Can Be Understated and Simple
We take a look at the hugely popular TV show’s production design and set decoration
ABC’s Scandal, about political intrigue and sabotage in Washington D.C. follows “fixer” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) – inspired by real-life fixer Judy Smith - as she manages the personal and professional lives of Washington’s power players, including President ‘Fitz’ Grant (Tony Goldwyn).
The White House interiors and Pope’s home and office are created by Production Designer Corey Kaplan and Set Decorator Barbara Cassel mainly on studio backlots in Los Angeles. These have to look authentic – First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan.
Pope’s apartment is based on the classic El Royale apartments in Los Angeles, designed by William D. Lee in 1927, just on a slightly larger scale. There is nothing to illustrate a back story here – we know little of the character’s childhood, so no photos or nicknacs from childhood. It is dressed for comfort and simplicity (and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Nantucket Gray) where the character can feel safe. The custom-made sofa is from Cisco Home and the side tables were purchased from Bassman Blaine.
She doesn’t cook much, but we do get some gorgeous glimpses of the black subway tiles in the kitchen. Her bedroom generated quite a lot of interest from the show's fans – the bed linen comes from West Elm.
However, it was the divine wooden table in the conference room at Pope and Associates that generated the most excitement: it is made by District Mills. It is beautifully complimented with orange Eames Aluminium 117 office chairs.
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