Inside the AD Greenroom at the Primetime Emmy Awards

October 25, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Architectural Digest, Backstage, Design, Eco-Luxury, Emmy Greenroom, Green Design, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

Come backstage with me for a tour of the completed AD Greenroom!

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 www.Timothy-Corrigan.com and www.1stdibs.com. 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

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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