This article is from the Conan O'Brien FAQ, by Joseph Gebis firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The set has changed little for the first three years of the show.
The original set for the show has no windows and a prominent crescent
moon on the top. The moon was removed and windows were put in early in
the run, leaving everything else in tact. The monologue area had a blue
floor and curtain, with the band along the far wall. The interview area
was done like a den in light reds and browns. There was a large, simple
desk, a couch-chair combo next to it, and a medium-sized coffee table.
The windows were normal-sized with blue sashes.
Small changes happened in early 1996. The curtains remained open
during the monologue, showing the unlighted backstage and
band-performance area. The Max Weinberg Seven area was also redone. Max
was given a red drum riser and the band got a new, bi-level bandstand.
During the two-week hiatus for the 1996 Olympics, the set was
completely redesigned. The band and monologue areas were left alone, but
the interview area was redone totally. The set now resembles a ritzy
apartment as opposed to a den. The set is now in much darker colors.
The walls are covered in cushioned panels. All the furniture is now more
stylized and smaller (with an almost non-existant coffee table). The
back wall was turned into a balcony. Behind the balcony is a somewhat
abstracted New York city-scape. The set is not in its final form yet,
and has been constantly tweaked and changed since it has been put into