[ created by designer Michael Smith ]
I think it's great. Can you imagine designing for the president? Sure, any designer could have thrown in tons of pattern and texture and it would have been more interesting visually... but you have to know how the space lives. Color and pattern wouldn't have been appropriate in this space. I think it's perfectly subdued and sophisticated. And no matter what political party you are, you have to admit the president is just plain cool. And the turquoise lamps reflect that. On a side note, I cannot imagine designing for the president. Talk about pressure!!!
And for some comparisons, here are pictures of the Oval Office of the past (all found here)
KENNEDY (cool desk & the most modern curtains of the bunch)
JOHNSON (kept Kennedy's curtains)