Stephen Shadley Selected to Design Academy Awards Green Room

Our friends at Architectural Digest were kind enough to drop us a line to let us know that they’ve selected Stephen Shadley to design this year’s Academy Awards green room, just feet from the stage that celebrities will step onto to poorly delivery jokes and pass along this year’s winnings. Bruce Davis, the Executive Director at the Oscars, and Paige Rense, Editor-in-Chief at the magazine made the announcement late yesterday, saying they selected Shadley because they liked the way he mixes “classic and contemporary for a glamorous conclusion,” and also because several of his clients are big shot movie stars already. Here’s the rundown on what backstage will look like:

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.”

The focal point of this year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom will be a scenic backdrop showing a panoramic view of Los Angeles from the Hollywood hills. Shadley has a personal link to this dramatic photo; it is from the same studio where he started his career at 20th Century Fox as a scenic artist painting backdrops for the movies. The AD Greenroom will feature furnishings by Baker, including a customized 11-foot sofa with black lacquer arms, a Lucite-and-alabaster chandelier and garden seats; an 1100 pound bar constructed from one-of-a-kind Concetto Surface Art “Forza” by CaesarStone; and an updated take on the shag rug by Karastan.