When given a large pinch of office space at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, screenwriter/producer Aaron Sorkin—The Social Network, The West Wing, and, most recently, HBO's The Newsroom—was at a loss about how to add flair to the blank walls and generally saltless space. "It's not that I have bad taste," he told Architectural Digest, which recently had a look around Sorkin's workspace. "It's that I have no taste." To solve the problem, he recruited "delicious" high-end celebrity designer and star personality of Million Dollar Decorators, Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The result? In Bullard's own words: "It's very masculine and old Hollywood, but the floor and wall coverings give it a slightly hipper, more contemporary feel."
By the time he rolled up his sleeves for this project, Bullard was already familiar with Sorkin's style, having already decorated two of the producer's homes and another of his offices. "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," Bullard told AD. Here, he brought in a 19th-century executive desk, 1940s French club chairs, vintage lighting, sea-grass carpeting, and a velvet sofa "ideal for courting inspiration (or taking naps)," as the magazine puts it. In the waiting room (below): Jonathan Adler chairs and sofa, plus posters of Sorkin's most lauded work.
Oh, and those blank walls? Bullard outfitted them in striped grasscloth coverings and black-and-white portraits of famous authors, including Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.