Creating a Balanced Greenroom

September 12, 2007 at 11:56 am | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Architectural Digest, Art, Backstage, Design, Eco-Luxury, Materials, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

With the walls of the Architectural Digest Greenroom constructed of more “traditional” looking wood-paneled walls, I want to include a number of pieces of really incredible contemporary art and photography to help “balance” the room and give it a sense of modernity.

I really like it when a room has a mix of periods, styles, moods and materials: a piece of beautiful, refined silk looks much more interesting when it is set against a piece of rough wood than it does when it is paired only with a piece of finely polished furniture. When a room is only decorated in one style or one kind of furniture, it can easily look stiff, “decorated,” or just plain boring. Better to walk into a very clean, sleek, contemporary space that has a couple of more ornate or complex pieces from another period; the juxtaposition of styles makes you see the pieces from each period in a totally different way than if they were all from the same period.

We contacted a number of top art galleries around the country to see what we might be able to borrow for the big night. I’m including pieces of art from a couple of mediums in my effort to continue to make the room feel fresh. Ideally, we will have an oil on canvas, a photograph and perhaps a lithograph or print.

So far, we have lined up a great collection of art pieces that will “test” when we do a trial installation of the furniture in the mock room we have set up. We have both an original oil on canvas as well as a signed lithograph by the celebrated artist Sam Francis. I love Francis’s work; his wonderful, colorful pieces would be a great contrast to the paneled walls. We also have some terrific photographs by Jim McHugh; McHugh does amazing photos of buildings from around the world. The ones that we will be using are of old Hollywood landmarks. We have a huge acrylic-on-canvas piece by an artist named Dan Maltzman; his works are very abstract and I think that his style will work well with the Sam Francis and the moody black and white of Jim McHugh’s photos.

Here are some of the pieces of art that we plan on using in the Greenroom:


Acrylic-on-canvas piece by Dan Maltzman, viewed in the artist’s studio.

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Photographs by Jim McHugh. Selected from the Wilshire Boulevard: The Miracle Miles portfolio; from left to right: El Ray, Perino.


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