Chris Hardwick’s ‘@Midnight’ Office is Geek Nirvana

Showcasing a mix of pop culture and U.S. history with a mid-century aesthetic, Chris Hardwick’s office would most certainly win the Internet. “My house really does look like a history museum,” says Hardwick. So why not have his office space be a mini version of that? With the help of interior designer Pamela Jewell, Hardwick has fashioned a space, adjacent to his “@Midnight” soundstage at Hollywood Center Studios, that includes a vintage pinball machine, a coffee table made out of old mailbox covers, and three mounts — two of taxidermied insects and one of antique matchbooks shaped to look like “Space Invaders.” No wonder the widescreen TV is almost always dormant.

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CHEW ON THIS
A journal seemingly cloaked in wookie fur is an autograph hound’s dream: It contains signatures (and sometimes, lewd drawings) from those who have appeared on Hardwick’s “Nerdist” podcast. When full, it will be replaced by a replica of “Beetlejuice” tome “Handbook for the Recently Deceased.”

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Hardwick has no idea how many nine-sided dice are in his pentagonal bowl, but “I can tell you it’s 9 pounds of D&D dice. I found this polyhedral vase and thought naturally, you should put D&D dice in here.”

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Hardwick’s desk drawer includes a tintype campaign button for Abraham Lincoln, but the item that truly wins his heart is a button advertising a triple feature of the “Back to the Future” movies, for which Hardwick skipped class to attend when the third movie was released in 1990. “I should probably mount that somewhere.”

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Framed works next to Hardwick’s makeup station include the cover for “Horses and Grasses,” the album that he released with comedy partner Mike Phirman.

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