“Madeline’s elegant, sophisticated taste and confident approach to modern interiors made her the perfect choice to create the Greenroom on behalf of Architectural Digest,” said Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest (AD) Margaret Russell. “I’m sure her vision for the space will be beautifully realized, and the results will be inviting and deeply glamorous.”
Stuart's design vision
This year’s Greenroom is inspired by the debonair art director and production designer, Cedric Gibbons, a Hollywood legend. Gibbons won 11 Academy Awards for art direction, and is credited with designing the Oscar statuette.
"When Myrna Loy and William Powell drink martinis in The Thin Man, they do so against the elegant backdrops Cedric Gibbons created. His work defines Hollywood glamour,” said Stuart. “My design for the Architectural Digest Greenroom pays homage to his four decades of film designs. My goal was to design a space where contemporary stars wouldn't be surprised to bump into Cary Grant or Katharine Hepburn.”
The Art Deco–influenced interior designs Gibbons is known for often had stepped walls and ceilings, built-in upholstered banquettes, and polished black floors—features that will be highlights of this year’s Greenroom.
Stuart’s furniture and lighting selections also recall his sumptuous yet tailored modern style, choices influenced by a recent project for the new owners of Gibbons’s iconic 1930 Santa Monica house, which he designed for himself and his then-wife, actress Dolores del Rio.
Incorporated into the 2013 AD Greenroom design are products by AD’s partners: furniture by Baker, fine linen napkins by E. Braun Beverly Hills, Feizy rugs, flooring from Indus Parquet, artwork from the Questroyal Fine Art collection, Samsung Smart TVs displaying images from the AMPAS archives, Schumacher fabrics, paints by Sherwin-Williams, lighting by The Urban Electric Co., and Janus et Cie furniture in the outdoor garden area.
This is the 11th consecutive year that AD will be producing the exclusive backstage lounge for Oscar presenters and honorees.