Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Backstage in the Green Room

I just received these behind-the-scenes images from Baker, Knapp and Tubbs who supplied many of the furnishings for Architectural Digest's Green Room. For the uninitiated, the Green Room is where nervous presenters, hopeful nominees and ecstatic winners hang out during the awards show. And while the Oscar hoopla is over, I thought they would be of interest to those of us who were not walking around with a statue in our hands a couple of Sunday nights ago.

Interior designer Michael  Smith designed the luxe looks with a nod to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Furnishings from Baker, wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries, and fabrics from Cowtan and Tout were used to create a forties library look. Smith, a native Californian,  is no stranger to high level prestigious projects, having been named by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

Lion's Head Pull Up Chair #5205

Michael Smith's Voltaire Server #9832

Regency Side Chair 5159 from the Stately Homes Collection

Hibiscus Wall Scones flank the sofa inset

The Green Room's popular watering hole

For more on these items see the Baker, Knapp and Tubbs website or my favorite salesperson Melissa Knott in the Atlanta showroom.

Photo Credit:  Baker, Knapp and Tubbs


  1. Ah...if only he'd made the oval office look this good. I was unimpressed with that design but love this. I know the oval office needs to look more all american but he just made it drab.

  2. Nita, I agree. I love Michael Smith's work but the White House fell short of his usual uncontrived and elegantly comfortable style. If Michele's wardrobe is any indication, then I blame the client.

  3. How beautiful interior decorations

  4. How beautiful interior decorations

  5. It looks like a tasteful, calm environment and maybe that was the requirement. But it does not say "Oscar" glamorous to me.

  6. What a treat, being able to see a room so few actually spend time in. Thank you!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing with us these wonderful pictures of the Green Room! I really enjoyed it! I filed these pictures. Hope you don't mind.
    I was wondering why it is called the "green" room?! Do you have any idea?

  8. Greet -- Such a good question. I googled it and this is what I came up with:

    The origins of the term are unclear. The first usage of “green room” in reference to a backstage waiting area was in a play in 1678, The True Widow. Numerous theories have been bandied about to explain the term, but two are more likely than others. During the Shakespearean era, some actors prepared themselves in a room filled with plants and topiary, because the plants provided humidity, which was believed to be beneficial for the voice. This explanation seems less likely when one considers that not all theaters had space for plants.

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