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!

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Pre-Construction Preparations | Part II

September 10, 2007 at 10:38 am | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Architectural Digest, Backstage, Design, Eco-Luxury, Green Design, Materials, Pre-construction, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

During the pre-construction workshop we measured and re-measured each of the support walls onto which we will attach the wood panels. If all goes according to our very-detailed plans, these panels will transform the backstage of the Shrine Auditorium into a space that resembles an elegant country house in the English countryside. In addition, we are building a large custom upholstered banquette that will need to fit exactly into a paneled wood niche, so we have to be sure that every ½ inch is perfectly-measured and accounted for!

Here’s the team working on the room:

AD Greenroom Pre-Construction with Timothy Corrigan

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The guy in the sleeveless tee shirt is Jose Wawrik, the man responsible for the logistic of creating this room that needs to be taken apart and re-assembled in just a couple of hours time. You can also see Renato Basile, one of the producers of the Primetime Emmy Awards show. This is Ron’s third year working on the show and he is a real goldmine of information and experience. He has great stories about the mishaps from previous Greenroom installations—I want to make sure that he doesn’t have any embarrassing stories to tell about this year’s Greenroom! Ron also brought along another member of the Primetime Emmy Awards production team. The beautiful young woman in the photos is Julie Fullman from our design firm. Julie is an incredibly organized and detail–oriented person, and she has this entire project totally under control.

In the photos above you can see the basic support walls of the future Greenroom and even some of the initial wood paneled sections. Once all of the panels were up we started the process of treating the wood with natural oils to achieve an aged wood look; because we are doing everything possible to create a really “green” Greenroom, we did not use any chemical products to achieve the look of an old paneled wood library.

Roll Out the Green Carpet…

September 6, 2007 at 5:42 pm | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Architectural Digest, Backstage, Carpet, Design, Eco-Luxury, Green Design, Materials, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

The carpet for the Architectural Digest Greenroom is by Karastan. Of all of the carpet manufacturers, Karastan is one of the most environmentally conscious; its parent company Mohawk has made huge efforts in this area and interestingly enough, today they are the largest recycler of plastic bottles in America!

The carpet I selected for the AD Greenroom is made of 100% New Zealand wool and will be made of a very tight weave. Tight-weave carpeting is the more “green” way to go (versus a looser weave or plush carpet) because over time, it will wear much longer and won’t need to be replaced so soon. Because we are keeping the Greenroom green in color as well as being “green,” we selected a carpet called “Woolcheck Naturals“ in a wonderful shade called “Aspen Mist.” Here’s what the carpet looks like:

Karastan “Woolcheck Naturals” in “Aspen Mist” | Pattern # 41235/70511

Karastan Woolcheck Naturals Carpet in Aspen Mist

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

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