Antiques (the Ultimate in “Green” Design) and Fabric Selections

September 6, 2007 at 12:54 pm | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Antiques, Architectural Digest, Backstage, Design, Eco-Luxury, Emmy Greenroom, Green Design, Materials, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

In addition to the new furniture pieces by Drexel Heritage, we are including some wonderful antique pieces from my own Timothy Corrigan Antiques collection that are available online through and Most people don’t think of it, but antiques are really the ultimate “green” product; by using pieces that were made long ago, no new resources are used or depleted. The antique pieces that will be used in the Architectural Digest Greenroom include an amazing carved wood console table from Italy that was made in the 18th century, and a beautiful marble center table fashioned from many pieces of rare specimen marble. Here are photos of these two antiques:

18th Century French Oak Console Table

18th Century French Oak Console Table

Inlaid Specimen Marble Center Table

Inlaid Specimen Marble Center Table

When it comes to the selection of fine fabrics, it becomes much more difficult to be totally “green;” there just aren’t that many options available on the market today that use all-natural growing processes and only natural dyes. All of the fabrics utilized in this year’s Greenroom are from Scalamandré—one of my favorite fabric houses—and are made with 100% natural products: cotton, wool, linen or silk. I consciously stayed away from products made from synthetic materials in an effort to be as environmentally sensitive as possible. The fabrics are in a wonderful range of green colors—from a deep, rich, dark green to lighter olive greens. I carefully selected fabrics that are mostly solids because the space is not terribly large, and introduced a few patterned fabrics for the drapes and some of the accent pieces.

Scalamandré fabric swatches for furniture pieces in the AD Greenroom:

Fabric for the banquette by Scalamandré Scalamandré fabric for the Elaine Chair

Scalamandré fabric for the Niche Chair Fabric for ottoman by Scalamandré


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