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Lavish bash fetes noms

Mansion helps mag honor TV designers

Even for an event honoring set designers, the locale for Thursday’s cocktail party was a bit theatrical.

Architectural Digest hosted the bash for Emmy noms at the former Norma Talmadge mansion in Los Feliz, which replicates the Duke of Alba’s 17th century Italian villa in the spirit of full silent film-star egomania.

The 10,000 luxurious square feet mansion sports two-foot thick stone walls, fresco ceilings, oak floors, a living room with 20-foot high ceilings (inlaid with gold leaf) and a fireplace large enough to walk into.

“This is not like having a glass of champagne in the Academy’s conference room,” said TV Acad chairman Bryce Zabel.

Architectural Digest publisher Amy Churgin said the mag decided to honor small-screen set designers because “they have such an influence on residential interiors. You see blond wood in Frasier’s penthouse and you start seeing it in homes across the country.”

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