I am excited to watch the 83rd Annual Academy Awards tonight. The design of the Green Room (where the presenters and honorees lie in wait) has been sponsored by Architectural Digest for the past several years. Here’s a look at the past eight years of Green Rooms and a sneak peak at this years…
Roy Christopher – veteran art director of the Academy Awards telecast – and his wife Dorothy designed the first four Architectural Digest Green Rooms. For the 75th Annual Academy Awards in 2003, the Christophers created a space they described as “a tip of the hat to the glamorous settings from Hollywood’s Golden Age.”
In 2004, Dorothy and Roy (also a former television set designer) wanted the 76th Greenroom to be a contemporary take on the Hollywood Regency style.
The Christophers had Diana Vreeland in mind when they created the Greenroom for the 77th Annual Academy Awards in 2005.
In 2006, Roy and Dorothy transformed the Greenroom into an “intimate yet luxe lobby of a fantasy movie theater in honor of S. Charles Lee, the prolific designer of legendary theaters”.
Matthew White & Frank Webb teamed up with Global Green USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council to create an eco-friendly Greenroom for the 79th Oscars in 2007. I bet you can’t tell that the carpet is made out of recycled plastic bottles!
President of Dorothy Draper & Co., Carleton Varney, was the mastermind behind the Green Room of the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008. He was inspired by Draper’s original sketches for the Beverly Hills Hotel and her 1940s design of the Arrowhead Springs Resort.
Stephen Shadley, a scenic artist-turned-interior designer, designed the Greenroom for the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. He used a photographic backdrop of L.A. as the focal point of the space.
Roger Thomas, who designed last year’s Green Room, said the custom paint-splattered floor “would have been how the floor looked when they were painting the sets of my favorite movies.”
And finally, the Green Room of tonight’s Academy Awards! It was designed by Michael S. Smith, the current White House decorator. Smith wanted his room to have the feel of a luxe 1940’s Hollywood lounge.
Do you have a favorite?
Photo Credits: Fred Licht (1) Erhard Pfeiffer (2-5) Mary E. Nichols (6-8) Roger Davies (9) all photos from Architectural Digest