I watched the first episode of Halt and Catch Fire, and was pleasantly surprised. There are some great, smart-mouthed, characters, and dated computer tech. The last scene takes place in a conference room that looks mighty familiar.
It all started with the War Room in Dr. Strangelove. Someone thought of hanging a drop-down, over-sized light fixture above a conference table, and the rest was history.
This style of lighting will be forever linked with serious decision making. When someone sits under these lights, their face is illuminated, and the rest fades away. It is a place for a Master-of-the-Universe to share their thoughts.
John Oliver's Last Week Tonight recently brought our attention to the design of the FIFA board room, which was directly modeled after Dr. Strangelove. He jokes that the people who run FIFA are pretty much evil overlords, and their decor does nothing to disguise that.
I also had the great privilege to work on the TNT show, The Hero, where the Production Designer, Stuart Frossell, created his very own War Room (I picked out those horrendous modern sculptures, per the producer's request).