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A Plan for the Greenroom

July 30, 2009

The Emmy nominations have now been declared. In order to match the caliber of talent being honored this year, we are in full swing to make ready the most exciting greenroom ever! My team, the Architectural Digest team and all the backstage Emmy crew and producers met last week to view the space, which is located directly off stage right. We have the benefit of a marvelously high ceiling, which will allow me to take full advantage of the drama of my tented room, making it at least 18 feet high. I presented the drawings and floor plans to the group and everyone seemed excited about the Moorish look that we are going for—now we have to set about making it happen.

Ad concept RUG for Green Room 12X14To create more allure and a greater sense of privacy this year, we are creating a second smaller tent as the entrance. When the celebrities arrive backstage, they will be lured into this wonderful, small, tented opening that will then dramatically give way to the larger tented room inside. As I type, the rug to cover our floor is being hand woven in Tibet by The Rug Company. It is a special design that I have created for the AD Greenroom and we have called it “Mamounia,” after the famous Art Deco hotel bearing the same name in Marrakesh. It features a burnt red tracery relief in pure silk thread on a background of fine virgin wool in a natural buff weft.

I have been scouring the pages of and have found some truly special pieces of antique Syrian, Turkish and Moroccan furniture. Among these, I found tea tables featuring rare woods such as ebony and macassar with finely inlaid mother of pearl and tortoise shell. With a luxurious Ekornes Classic leather sofa and ottomans plus comfortable banquette seating taken from a design I did for Cher’s bedroom, we will have seating for over 20 guests.

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I have designed custom mirrored panels using traditional Mosharabi screens, adding architectural weight to the space. The sparkle of the antiqued mirror panels place inside them will heighten the drama of the area. I am also creating a bar area this year with carved Moroccan bar stools, so the ladies in their long designer gowns can perch there happily, watch one of the monitors that will be playing the show and not crumple their dresses before going on stage.

Schumacher SuzaniI have chosen a color palette of rich Turkish reds, olive greens and Mediterranean blues, all found in the wonderful fabric collections from Schumacher. Our textures include raw silks, nubby linens, woven Suzanis and beautiful striped chintz cottons. These exotic textiles will all be grounded using Sahara beige linen, one of Schumacher’s signature collections.

Lighting is always key, but on this occasion it is even more important than ever. We need the tented room to not only be subtle and sexy, but also bright enough so that the stars are able to check themselves before entering the stage and controlled enough so the TV monitors playing the show will provide the sharpest image. We are tackling this problem by filling the tent with ambient lighting from an antique pierced brass chandelier, hung in the center of the ceiling. This chandelier will be juxtaposed by Turkish wall lanterns that will be hung on iron hooks at the four corners of the “tent.” The ceiling will then be flushed with light from hidden tracks buried in the tent panels and faux candles will adorn the tables, placed in hurricanes of different Eastern forms.

Our AD greenroom is getting ready for its close up, Mr. DeMille!

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