A Football Stadium’s “Second Act”

August 23, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Architectural Digest, Backstage, Design, Eco-Luxury, Emmy Greenroom, Green Design, Materials, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

In creating a “green” environment, the first step was finding a wood supplier that specializes in environmentally friendly options. All of the wood for the paneled rooms is supplied by Terra Mai, a wood supplier based in Northern California. In addition to selling wood that is approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, Terra Mai also has old wood that has been reclaimed from earlier uses—this is really a “green” solution because no new trees had to be cut down to create the Architectural Digest Greenroom. All of the wood for the Greenroom comes from an old torn-down football stadium from a high school just south of Los Angeles. It already has a great patina from years of being outside in the southern California sun.

Here’s a photo of the original stadium wood stacked up in the high school gym in anticipation of its next “life.”

Original Stadium Wood

In order to build the room, we decided to turn to a real master craftsman in wood: Jose Wawrik of JW CustomWood based in Los Angeles. Jose is originally from Argentina and has created some amazing paneled rooms for us in multi-million-dollar mansions in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and other high-end areas in Southern California. Jose is a treat to work with because he is a true artist when it comes to wood. We have worked together often enough that he really understands the look that we are trying to achieve for the Greenroom: my goal is for it to look like a room in an old English country house that has been around for years. There will be 10-and-a-half-foot-high paneled walls with a pair of draped “windows” at two ends of the main room.


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