Backstage with the Designers: Going Green at the Emmys by

Issue 39 · Old Meets New · September 25, 2012

Backstage with the Designers: Going Green at the Emmys

Issue 39 · Old Meets New · September 25, 2012

Where did Claire Danes pause to catch her breath before presenting at this year’s Emmy Awards? In a sanctuary of soft silver, vintage Danish furniture, and modern accents, courtesy of Derek Lam and Neal Beckstedt.

The Green Room at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was a collaboration between fashion designer Derek Lam and his go-to architect and interior designer Neal Beckstedt. Faced with the challenge of transforming an empty, industrial backstage space into a comfortable setting for the talent to prep and mingle, the two designers worked quickly in choosing the palette and furniture. “We pulled this together in about four weeks,” says Beckstedt. “It was very fast paced. You really have to make quick decisions and go with your gut working with a tight deadline.”

Armed with a shared vision (the two designers have previously collaborated on Lam’s Soho loft and Fire Island summer home), the duo sourced vintage pieces from J .F. Chen in Los Angeles and draped the room in silvery curtains to give the lounge a low-key, glamorous vibe.

Beckstedt clues us in on some of the specifics of the design choices. Images by Line 8 Photography.

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Above: Reflecting on his main goal for the project, Beckstedt says he aimed to create a "comfortable, private, cozy space" that encouraged conversation in different areas. Ample seating was key; a vintage Vladimir Kagan taupe mohair sofa with walnut burl base is complemented by a wood and leather chaise lounge by T.H. Robsj.

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Above: The ebonized herringbone bamboo floor and floating white ceiling plane create a bold platform for the vintage furnishings. This mix gives the room "a casual yet refined feel," say Beckstedt. The soft metallic silver drapery goes back to Lam's color scheme, he says. "we wanted something calm and serene." The black velvet sculptural rosewood sofa allows for more seating: a vintage four-panel screen finished in parchment and resin by Karl Springer adds context in the far left.

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Above: A mix of masculine and feminine: floating orchids in clear vases are displayed next to masculine leather trays; the vintage black lacquer coffee table is by Van Keppel & Green.

Above: The vintage floor coverings, which include a Moroccan sabra silk kilim rug (L) and Oushak rug, add warmth, while the matching vintage leather and stainless steel Scimitar chairs by Frabicus & Kastholm have an aerodynamic appeal.

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Above: The calm before the awards storm: the designers, Lam (L) and Beckstedt take a moment a few days prior to the event to enjoy the eclectic space.

Explore more rooms with vintage furnishings in our Room Gallery.



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