While most people watch the Oscars® pre-show to see who’s wearing whom, we in the interior design world look forward to catching a glimpse of the Architectural Digest Greenroom. Each year the magazine selects a designer to create this exclusive respite for celebrities during the show – and this year their choice happened to be a new Baker guest designer, Michael S Smith. We loved his interpretation of the greenroom space – especially because he filled it with Baker furniture! Without further Kirk-Douglas-style ado, here are a few photos of the stunning Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 83rd Academy Awards® designed by Michael S Smith:
The space was so different from greenrooms of previous years – for instance, Stephen Shadley’s 70s-inspired creation in 2009 that evoked a movie star’s home in the Hollywood Hills. Or the 2006 concept by Roy and Dorothy Christopher – a feminine take on the lobby of a fantasy movie theater. Instead, Smith gave us a glimpse of the life of a 1940s movie mogul. He created a private library, an insular power center where important industry decisions were made during that golden era of filmmaking.
But what we loved most was Michael Smith’s mixing of traditional pieces with more modern choices – proving to all that you can update great tradition with a fresh, young, glamorous vibe (sort of like what the show’s producers were trying to accomplish by choosing James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host).
This point could not have been illustrated more clearly than during the pre-show interviews, when we saw some of today’s hottest celebrities answering questions from the Regency Arm Chair – a gilded replica of a chair from Chillingham Castle in England circa 1810. Much like the vintage Valentino donned by Hathaway on the red carpet, that chair never looked fresher!
Watch the interview with Michael S Smith to learn more about the inspiration behind his designs: