To see an event through the eyes of its designer reveals a consideration for the tasteful as well as the practical. In order to successfully execute their design, they must possess an awareness of every individual element of the event–both atmospheric and functional–that makes up the whole. Not only are idiosyncrasies of venue layout and style imperative considerations in their design process, they also must keep a comprehensive mental inventory of our props and furnishings. Indeed, designers must see the forest and the trees.
Our design team is highly involved in curating and maintaining the contents of our inventory, and as this collections is ever-changing, so to are their favorite items. We checked in with Corporate Event Director David Epstein and Senior Event Designer John Hensel to find out what props are currently tops for them.
Specializing in corporate soirees, David’s events often involve large crowds and vast spaces, causing him to regularly integrate prominent decor elements and pieces that can, as he says, “really conquer a space.”
These more substantial pieces not only can have more of a visual impact in a crowd, but they also provide a focal for David to build stations and bars around, making them easily identifiable in a large space. A current favorite of David’s? Our signature Pipe Groves.
The groves consist of custom-made metal piping ranging from 13-19 feet tall, which are angled at their base and adhered to a platform to create an ascending, eye-catching focal.
It’s easy to see why David loves these unique, industrial structures.
As for John, who designs weddings, galas and corporate events, he is particularly fond of our silver Giacometti and Merit candlesticks.
John loves to incorporate these props because he feels that both styles, slight variations of one another, are simple yet elegantly stylish, making them befitting to an array of settings…
…private or corporate:
“They are just good, solid design,” notes John. “That’s what are about in every aspect.” Indeed, these silver sticks are as versatile as they are chic.
The takeaway here? Next time you are hunting for home decor or rearranging your current pieces, remember that elegance and impact don’t have to be sacrificed for practicality and versatility. Thanks to John and David for sharing these simple yet stunning essentials, and to our venue and photographer partners.