The 2015 Architectural Digest Oscar Greenroom > Created by L.A. based design studio Commune, with actress Julianne Moore.

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Most Americans know Julianne Moore for her acting, but she also possesses an acute eye for decoration and gardening. Which is why she was invited to join the Los Angeles design studio Commune in creating the Architectural Digest Greenroom for the 2015 Academy Awards, which take place tonight, 22nd February 2015.

A spacious backstage lounge where the evening’s stars can catch their collective breath and relax, the Greenroom has been a feature of the awards ceremony for years, and each time the decoration has been different. This year Moore and Commune founders Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, and Pamela Shamshiri devised a refreshing setting inspired by the Space Age heyday of Southern California’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle, back when architects were opening walls with sliding glass doors and surrounding houses with cocktail-ready terraces. The entry doors were custom made, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and accented by Emtek Hardware. 

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The Architectural Digest Oscar Greenroom resembles the dining area, living room, and patio of a swinging Mad Men–era house in the Hollywood Hills, complete with a boomerang-shaped sofa scattered with colorful cushions, evocative art (including a groovy modernist tapestry), shapely ottomans, and planters brimming with tropical foliage. And on one side of the limestone-floored living room, Commune installed a wall of Samsung LED displays that serves as a virtual picture window with a heart-stopping view of L.A. as it changes from day to night and back again, a similar feature to last years TV wall.

Clarence House fabrics were used for the elegant cushions alongside one of my favourite outdoor fabric brands, Perennials using their Slubby Lavender, Chameleon in Copper Dome, Canvas Weave in Khaki and Chenille No5 in Chalk. David Sutherland’s furniture helped transform the outdoor lounge below.

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“We all talked about what is one place where people actually feel comfortable wearing a tuxedo or strapped into a gown—and it’s usually somebody’s house, because it’s more relaxed,”

Alonso said in a telephone interview from the Greenroom on Wednesday, as it was being prepared for Sunday’s contingent of couture-clad celebrities.

“There are great photographs from the 1960s that the Hollywood hostess Jean Howard took of her own star-filled parties, where people in formal wear were piled on banquettes and having a blast. But it also looked like the kind of room she could have had breakfast in earlier in the day, that would work just as well if you were coming in from the pool in a bikini or having friends over for a fancy party. That’s a very California way to live.”

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Holly Hunt’s Marteau Barstools and Haka Director Chair can be seen to the right.

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Featuring two carpets by Stark, the Shepperton and Neves designs, Walker Zanger also installed their Antium Limestone. Bernardaud porcelain accessories are seen above, with lighting by Remains.

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Last years Green Room can be seen here.

Photography by Roger Davies ℅  Architectural Digest

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