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Oscars 2015: This Is Where the Stars Are Hanging Out During the Show

Backstage at the Oscars, the Architectural Digest Greenroom, created by L.A. design collective Commune. Roger Davies/Architectural Digest

The 2015 Architectural Digest Oscar Greenroom was created by the L.A.-based design studio Commune, with assistance from Academy Award best actress nominee Julianne Moore.

Stars backstage at the Academy Awards will cool their heels in a chic oasis created by L.A.-based design collective Commune — with an Oscar-veteran assist from presumptive best actress winner and interiors aficionado Julianne Moore.

 

Inspired by classic Hollywood Hills living — think dinner at Joan Didion’s circa 1965, says the Commune team — both the indoor and outdoor rooms feature roomy banquettes along with midcentury furnishings and objects. Moore’s contributions ranged from the aesthetic and the sensory to the practical, notes Commune co-founder Roman Alonso, who with partners Steven Johanknecht and Pamela Shamshiri conceived and designed the 900-square-foot Architectural Digest Greenroom.

 

“Julianne has a passion for interiors and for furniture and for design,” Alonso says. “She wanted to be very involved from the beginning, and of course at the time we didn’t know that she was going to be nominated or win the Golden Globe, which made her much busier.”

 

 

Still, the actress stayed involved throughout the process — she came straight to the Dolby Theatre from the airport on Thursday to review the finished project — and relished the details. When Moore first heard the design concept, Alonso says, “She blurted out, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if it smelled like the Hollywood Hills too?’ ” Hence the faint scent of jasmine diffused throughout the room. Having passed time backstage at several Oscar ceremonies, Moore also was able to give a tightly gowned and vertiginously heeled star’s perspective on the furnishings, notes Shamshiri: “Walking in heels on carpet, it has to be the right pile; sitting down with a corset on the banquette, it needs to be the right height and not too deep.”

 

 

Architectural Digest, which has sponsored the Oscar greenroom since 2003, facilitated contributions from a range of partners, including Sherwin Williams (which provided the room's paints and finishes), Bernardaud (tableware), Sutherland (outdoor furniture) and Caesarstone, which custom-designed a sure-to-be-popular fixture: the bar. Samsung screens near the entrance provide a wall-size view of the city from high in the Hills — filmed at the 100-year-old Yamashiro Hollywood about a week before the Oscars — that will transition from day to night during the ceremony. “You’ll see a couple of birds and maybe a helicopter pass through there too,” says Shamshiri.

 

A key reference for Commune was the photo memoir by celebrated L.A. hostess Jean Howard, who with her agent husband Howard Feldman threw fabled parties attended by such Hollywood royals as Lauren Bacall and John Wayne (Shamshiri redesigned the couple’s Coldwater Canyon home for its current owners three years ago). At Moore’s urging, the designers also incorporated some ideas from Blake Edwards’ 1968 comedy, The Party — including one memorable detail: a white loafer floating in the outdoor space’s small decorative pool, a reference to Peter Sellers’ comical pursuit of his own white shoe in the film.

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