The Oscars are really closing in on us! Architectural Digest has just announced that it has chosen interior designer Michael S. Smith to create the Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 83rd annual event. The greenroom is the backstage lounge where all the Oscar presenters and honorees will relax and rehearse before their big stage debut at the Kodak Theatre. The choice seems fitting for Thomas, who says, "Having lived in California my whole life, I have always been thrilled by the movies, and the design and architecture that surround them. I am always inspired by film. It is an honor to participate in the most prestigious of all Hollywood events."It's also no surprise that Smith, a good friend of the magazine's new editor in chief, Margaret Russell (formerly of Elle Decor), was chosen to do the honors. "Michael’s signature style made him a natural choice to create the Greenroom on behalf Architectural Digest this year," says Ms. Russell. "And though his design reflects midcentury Hollywood glamour, his interpretation of the space is state of the art."
Until now, Michael's claim to fame has been has his post as the Obamas' White House decorator, but this certainly tops the list, too. In any case, there's no doubt he's gotten comfortable around celebrity. Though The New York Times somewhat slanderously called Smith's design for the Oval Office "too brown, too dowdy, too ho hum," in an article called "The Audacity of Taupe," he is by far one of the most talented and sought-after designers in the States today.
I'm afraid to say Smith's greenroom rendering isn't a far cry from NYT's description, yet it is undeniably sophisticated. The room is designed to be an elegant, 1940s-style library with a warm, reserved color palette with a mix of traditional and Art Deco era Hollywood-style furniture. As for the resources, Smith has chosen pieces from Baker, Cowtan & Tout, Phillip Jeffries, Questroyal Fine Art, and Samsung Electronics. Even if the Oscar gowns of the evening feel uncomfortably confining, the guests are sure to feel at home in Smith's greenroom.