The Emmy Awards this past Sunday marks the start of awards season. The dresses! The awkward moments! The long speeches! The Green Room, where the stars congregate backstage, is the center of the action behind the scenes. Designed by fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra, this year's Audi-sponsored design embodied both efficiency and luxury.
Tell us a little bit about the green room you designed for the Emmys.
The goal for the design of Emmys Green Room is to demonstrate that sophistication, efficiency and utility
— qualities prevalent in both Audi and Altuzarra — can coexist in design. The Green Room melds the sleek lines and efficient design of the Audi TDI with the French sensibility and American pragmatism of Altuzarra. Inspired by the color palette of both brands, the room includes dove gray, black and metallics as a nod to Audi, and is punctuated with classic Altuzarra accent tones of blush and lavender. Elements combine to create an opulent atmosphere without compromising efficient design. Dove gray walls with french molding are accentuated by botanical elements like soft mosses and succulents. Plush wall-to-wall carpet is easy on the eye and stiletto-clad guests alike. Elegant, curved and faceted mirrors are both theatrical and functional, while a sleek Italian bar, modular seating and modern accent pieces by the likes of furniture designer Karl Springer combine to give guests a refined yet relaxed environment for this year's Emmys green room.
What's inspiring you these days?
Different aspects of workwear, travel. Actually, LA in the past few days has been very inspiring!
Seeing as its Emmy week, what's your guilty pleasure TV show?
In general, I love Food Network!
What's your favorite home from a TV show?
Olivia Pope's DC Apartment in Scandal.
What's the most recent thing you've purchased for your home?
Lots of different succulents.
What do you like best about your home?
The feeling of it being an oasis in the middle of busy Manhattan.
My home doesn't feel complete without...?
My dog, Bean and my partner, Seth.
What's your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space, hotel) in LA?
You're throwing an Emmy party for friends who are coming over to your house to watch the show on TV. What are you serving? What are you drinking? Champagne and popcorn, of course!
For more about Joseph Altuzarra and to see his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, click here.
(Images: Audi; Michael Buckner/WireImage, used with permission)