An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
The start of a new year is usually associated with the beginning of new adventures. But in the media and entertainment business, a new year marks an opportunity to reflect on recent triumphs. The entertainment of the past 12 months has been parsed and praised, and the only thing left to do is definitively decide which are worthy of the industry’s biggest awards.
The awards season is a milestone on many social calendars, where friends and family come together in living rooms to root for their favorite contenders—and the quality of the event has everything to do with the spaces in which they take place.
So what constitutes an award-winning living room in which to host an award-winning viewing party? These four properties know how to roll out a red carpet.
With a unique parcel size spanning 3.5 lots in the otherwise compact community of Lido Isle, an award-season party in this impressive property is unforgettable. With west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the yachts of Newport Harbor, its living room makes the most of the afternoon sunlight and the remarkable sunsets. Immediate access to the covered terrace allows guests to gaze at the stars, whether they’re in front of the television or out by the water.
In fact, the entire residence has been fashioned to unify a series of visually compelling yet individual spaces. This includes a dedicated media viewing space on the second floor, complete with a cozy fireplace for more intimate ambiance.
There’s no better place to watch the Golden Globes than in one of the world’s ritziest, glitziest destinations—Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah. A viewing party at this panoramic glass villa spans the interior and exterior of the home, where the double-height living and dining room extend effortlessly to a fully furnished patio with a retractable poolside screen.
Of course, for those who prefer to do a deep dive on the nominees rather than mix and mingle, the private cinema room down on the basement level is state of the art.
The proverbial red carpet takes on a tangible form in this colorful apartment. With its lavish architectural flourishes and fixtures—accentuated by an eclectic combination of both antique and contemporary furniture—an awards party in its deluxe living room delivers the right combination of high culture and high drama.
Every room here has themed palettes that create a distinct environment; from the glamorous gold-toned foyer where guests would enter, to the opulent onyx kitchen where they can sip cocktails and debate which actor should have gotten which Oscar. And being located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, this all happens against a postcard-perfect backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.
Bringing friends and family to a viewing party at this majestic mansion in Barcelona feels like welcoming them to an invite-only screening at the world’s most luxurious movie theater. They would walk into the home to find an open concept living and dining room with coffered ceilings towering nearly 23 feet overhead, and a sprawling garden and pool just beyond the doors.
But the real showstopper is the plushly-appointed home cinema with soundproof walls and its very own movie projector. The nearby bar and billiards table only add to the convivial atmosphere of the viewing party.
Living rooms have always served as a focal point for people to gather together, and awards season is the prime time to throw a viewing party that’s as dazzling and festive as the galas on the screen.
Need some inspiration before curating a viewing party fit for the stars? Check out these contemporary and comfortable design trends.