Architectural Digest reps have just written in with the news that Cuban-born interior designer Waldo Fernandez has been chosen to dress the greenroom for this year's Academy Awards. Fernandez, a member of the AD 100 who's worked on the homes of people such as Brad Pitt and producer Darren Star, joins the ranks of Michael Smith (last year's), Stephen Shadley, Dorothy Draper & Co., and Roy Christopher, folks who have all represented the magazine as Oscars designers in the past. This year's room (rendered above) "is inspired by Hollywood of the 1930s and 40s" and "references the Billy Haines-decorated Beverly Hills home of director George Cukor, who was legendary for his glamorous parties." Full release below.
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST SELECTS WALDO FERNANDEZ TO DESIGN GREENROOM AT THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®
New York, February 2, 2012 – Architectural Digest, the international design authority, has chosen AD100 interior designer Waldo Fernandez to create the signature Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 84th Annual Academy Awards®, it was announced today by Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest. This is the tenth consecutive year that Architectural Digest will produce the exclusive backstage lounge for Oscar® presenters and honorees.
"Waldo's long-standing connection to the Hollywood community, coupled with his signature California-casual style made him the perfect choice to create the Greenroom on behalf of Architectural Digest this year," says Ms. Russell. "His design embodies the height of Hollywood glamour, beautifully reinterpreted to reflect a modern aesthetic."
This year's Architectural Digest Greenroom, created by renowned interior designer Waldo Fernandez, is inspired by Hollywood of the 1930s and 40s. Fernandez's vision for the Greenroom references the Billy Haines-decorated Beverly Hills home of director George Cukor, who was legendary for his glamorous parties. Included in the design are Architectural Digest partners: Caesarstone, California Classics Reserve Collection Flooring, Circa Lighting, Feizy Rugs®, Giati Designs, HP, Questroyal Fine Art and Schumacher®.
"My design career was incubated in Hollywood film, and my experiences on film sets are what gave me the opportunity to become an interior designer and work in the design field," says Fernandez. "I continue to be inspired by films, and to be a part of one the most prestigious events in Hollywood film is a true honor. The Academy Awards® is an institution in the movie industry as is Architectural Digest in design—I am truly honored to have been asked and to participate and contribute to one of the most historical film award ceremonies."
About Waldo Fernandez
Cuban-born Waldo Fernandez has always had an extraordinary passion and talent for design. Even while still a student in architecture and design at UCLA, Fernandez was already working for Academy Award–winning set designer Walter M. Scott, creating sets for such major motion pictures as Planet of the Apes and Doctor Dolittle. The sets earned Fernandez recognition and, not long after, his first interior-design project: decorating a house for Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger. This 1974 commission marked the beginning of Waldo's Designs, Fernandez's design firm in West Hollywood.
Fernandez's invitingly harmonious interiors stand out for their subtle, easygoing style. His impressive portfolio, spanning more than three decades, not only includes homes for an incredible roster of clients—Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Darren Star among them—but also a number of commercial projects, such as his own Trumps restaurant, the Beverly Hills Hilton, and most recently, the West Hollywood Soho House club. Architectural Digest honored Fernandez as a top designer in its 2012 AD100 list and has photographed several of his residential projects. His Waldo's Designs showroom has become a highly regarded destination for unique pieces, including his custom designs as well as a carefully curated assortment of global accessories.
About Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest is the authority in design and architecture, providing a vision that stretches readers' imaginations and sets new benchmarks for the life they wish to live, whether just starting out or at the peak of achievement. The magazine's influence offers first and exclusive access to extraordinary people, places and things across the design continuum. From editorial to advertising, 5 million affluent readers see, source and buy products directly from the pages of Architectural Digest.
· The Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 2012 Oscars [Arch Digest]
· Presidential Decorator Michael Smith to Dress Oscar Greenroom [Curbed National]