Americana: Royal Trappings

The giant desk will cost about $3,500; the chair another $700. A couple of comfy sofas carry price tags of about $4,500 each. The main room and an adjoining den are being paneled in Philippine mahogany and carpeted with 85 yds. of virgin New Zealand wool that costs about $60 per yd.

An office for a Saudi prince? A corner suite for the president of a FORTUNE 500 company? No, it's all part of a million-dollar face-lift planned for the eleventh-floor offices of Detroit Mayor Coleman Young and about 100 top-ranking city employees. Since the offices had not been redecorated in 25...

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