Dorothy Draper does Oscar!

Okay, sorry for that headline! In reality, Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, has been tapped to create the Architectural Digest Academy Awards Green Room. This is the space where the winners and presenters go to relax after their big moment. I saw a quick piece on television – I can’t event remember what show – about the design of the green room by Mr. Varney. His plan is very Dorothy Draper Old Hollywood. How else could one go, really?

Mr. Varney’s design inspiration comes from the Arrowhead Springs Resort in southern California–designed by Dorothy Draper, it was the playground of movie stars and film industry tycoons in the 1940’s–as well as from her sketches for the Beverly Hills Hotel. This year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom will feature flat-panel LCD HDTVs combining style and technology from LG Electronics, plush New Zealand wool rugs from Nourison and fabric and furnishings from Kravet, including sofas and slipper chairs upholstered in vibrant splashes of red and white satin.

In creating this year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom, Carleton Varney says that, “I wanted to recall the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood, where the mix of white satin, fringes, mirrors, leather tufting and crystal were the components of the design.” Staying true to Dorothy Draper fashion, Mr. Varney has employed her trademark use of black and white on floors and doors against glazed aubergine walls to create stunning contrast.

Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco

Hampshire House, New York

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, 1940s

Click here to view a short video of Carleton Varney talking about Dorothy Draper.
The Academy Awards will air on Sunday the 24th. Hopefully we see some photos of the finished room!

xoxo Linda

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