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

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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

Disney Inspiration

August 31, 2007 at 11:10 am | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Architectural Digest, Backstage, Design, Disney, Eco-Luxury, Green Design, Materials, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

Most of the furniture for the Architectural Digest Greenroom will be supplied by Drexel Heritage using pieces from their new Walt Disney Signature Collection; this seemed like a natural fit for the Greenroom—not only was Walt Disney one of the most beloved figures in Hollywood, but my earliest memory of television as a child was the Wonderful World of Disney each Sunday night. How perfect, I thought, that we would use the Walt Disney Signature Collection for the Greenroom of television’s biggest night: the Primetime Emmy® Awards!

All of the furniture from the Collection has a great mid-century look and I love the way contrast it will provide to the traditional look of the Greenroom’s walls. I hate it when a space or home looks like it all came from the same period or store; a space like that looks unimaginative and bland. Part of my design philosophy for all of our projects is to achieve a kind of “tension” in a room that is brought about by mixing pieces from different periods or styles. I love mixing a fine 18th-century piece of furniture with a very contemporary painting or photograph. When you do that, you can’t help but see both pieces in a different way and the overall experience of the space is much richer and more interesting. To me, nothing is worse than looking at a space that looks as if it had all just been delivered from a store or showroom!

Here are some of the pieces of furniture we will be using from the Walt Disney Signature Collection for Drexel Heritage:

Holmby ChairKingswell ChairSilverlake Oval CommodeStudio Martini Table

From left to right: Holmby Chair; Kingswell Chair; Silverlake Oval Commode; and Studio Martini Table.

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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