Stephen Shadley's Oscar Green Room

Stephen Shadley's Oscar Green Room

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 22, 2009

Tonight it's all about the Oscars out in LA, but even interior designers have their place in the sun. For the past 7 years, Architectural Digest has chosen a notable designer to do the "green room," you know the place where all the stars hang out before walking on stage. While you and I may never see this room, the biggies sure do, so it's an honor of sorts. This year Stephen Shadley got the job and the pic up top shows you his work. It's really different than Carleton Varney's green room last year....

Both designers were chosen because they are on Architectural Digest's AD 100, a list of "the top architects and interior designers" (who have been in AD). This is much more of a list only our parents would love, but it's interesting just the same.

We thought it would be fun to give you a little info about this annual bit of showbiz interior design and see what you thought. Are either of these hot to you?

About Stephen Shadley's room:

Inspired by Hollywood film sets of the period, Shadley has chosen a "Seventies Modern" design for the AD Greenroom. Of his approach and its connection to the biggest movie event of the year, Stephen says, "I grew up in L.A. and was always fascinated with motion picture set design, especially modern themes. Recently, furnishings from the seventies have become collectible and many classics reissued. It's a simple and sleek approach to living without a lot of extra stuff." * [more below].



Carleton Varney's 2008 Green Room

>> Carleton Varney Profile


* FACT SHEET on Stephen Shadley's Green Room:

For the first time, this year's Architectural Digest Greenroom expanded to include a new garden-inspired space that actually sits on the loading dock … though you'd never know! With the new room, the space is now 920 square feet in size!

Principal furniture was found through Baker, including…
* A custom sofa that is 11 feet in length, reminiscent of the 70's stretch style
* Garden seats from a new collection that recreates works by the legendary Los Angeles design icon Tony Duquette
* A vintage brass and lacquered table circa 1960

Where are we? A panoramic sweep of Los Angeles-at-night from atop Mulholland Drive sets room's the glamorous mood. The vista includes 20th Century Fox, the movie studio where Shadley began his career as a scenic artist.

A custom quartz bar is built into the room, created with CaesarStone's Concetto in hematite, a natural stone with black-and-silver deposits imported from Israel. In total, the bar weighs 1,100 pounds! It will take a crew of 8 and a forklift to put it in the AD Greenroom.

Fitting for the theme, the area rug is dubbed Mama Mia: an updated take on the shag rug by Karastan. The rug is crafted from SmartStrand 3GT Sorona, a new generation of carpet fiber engineered for outstanding stain resistance with softness.

The wallcovering is actually a favorite silk fabric of Shadley's found at Kneedler|Fauchere Imports that has been paper-backed for wall usage.

Shadley shopped around town for vintage furniture and accessories, using rare antique dealers such as Fat Chance, NOHO Modern and Outside Downtown.

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