It is with the greatest of pleasure that I have been chosen to design this year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Primetime Emmys® and to follow in the footsteps of the great AD 100 talent that has gone before me.
I have decided to add a little exotic flair to the design this year and to spice it up with a Moroccan flavor. The space has to be both practical for celebrities to lounge in and enjoy before they take to the stage and very stylish to represent the allure of Architectural Digest and this year’s wonderful partners.
To exemplify the international style of AD, I’m going to create a tented room fit for a Sultan (and Hollywood’s A-listers of course!). The ceiling will be tented in pleated Moorish-inspired striped fabrics that will appear to return down the walls, completing the tented look. A border of Turkish fabric will wrap around the perimeter of the room to give the appearance of a tiled wainscoting and thus frame the space. Long, lounging banquette sofas will fit into the (tented) niches to provide comfortable viewing areas to watch the show, while an Aladdin’s cave of lanterns will hang from the center of the tent casting playful shadows around the room from their exotic pierced brass metal work. An assortment of Turkish, Syrian, Moroccan and Indian inlaid tea tables will sit in front and around the seating areas (from the marvelous array available on www.1stdibs.com ), mingling with low, comfortable leather ottomans and furniture by Ekornes.
The corners of the tented room will be highlighted by pierced mashrabiya screens inserted with sparkling antique mercury mirror; the floor will be crowned magnificently in the center with a Tibetan silk rug that I am designing exclusively for the AD Greenroom with The Rug Company. This rug will ground our whole color scheme, which is to include burnt reds, ivory, espresso brown, golden umber and Tuscan olive green. Various antique and vintage pieces will be mixed into this scheme, made available to us from the magnificent Los Angeles antique stores that can be found on the 1stdibs.com website—the ultimate online shopping experience! Large flatscreen televisions will be placed around the room and hung like art to enable the perfect viewing of the show, while a beautifully carved circular table centered in the middle of the room will offer our guests a bevy of delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
This magnificent setting will be a complete experience, as exciting to Architectural Digest Greenroom guests as winning an award at the Emmys itself!