Designer Tony Schubert of Event Eleven chose a theme for the SAG Awards People Magazine After-Party this year that was brilliant in its ability to generate happiness. After all, who could remain down in such an optimistic setting, even if he or she didn’t take home an award this year?
Design and Production: Event Eleven | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Venue: Shrine| Photos: Line 8
Universal Music Group’s annual post-Grammy event is always a stunner thanks to the vision of event designer Krislyn Komarov and producer Mary Hill of Krislyn Design & Production. For this year’s event held at Rolling Greens, they worked closely with Susan Mazo, UMG’s SVP of Global Communications, to create an environment in which guests were “wowed, comfortable and welcomed,” as Mazo said.
We have had the pleasure of working with Krislyn and her Grammy lighting for several consecutive years. This year was yet another wow and was covered by Elle Decor who came to the same conclusion as us!
We recommend you check out the entire article for all Krislyn’s design insights, however, we are partial to this one…
Lighting never fails to transform a room. This was evident throughout the space, especially in a portion of the bar area that was saturated in blue. Komarov worked with Lighting Director Ray Thompson to execute her vision. “We had a number of saturated elements in the design, which had to be painted with light in many layers to create the right mood while making it dimensional,” Komarov says. “In a big, open space, it is so important to create moods that are unique, but also connect throughout the space so that the overall feeling is not flat.”
Longtime party partners Warner Bros. and InStyle magazine
teamed up for an after-party in the Oasis Courtyard at the Beverly Hilton. JOWY
Productions and Eric Buterbaugh Florals constructed a tent to completely cover
the hotel’s fountain, transforming the courtyard into a “Reimagined Louis XVI”
world using modern twists on French Baroque architecture as well as columns,
mirrors, and a palette of black, white, and gray with splashes of deep purple.
Sponsors included Cadillac, Eyelove, and L’Oréal Paris.
Designed and Produced by JOWY Productions | Design, Props & Decor: Studio Decor | Flowers: Mark’s Garden | Fabric: SS Scenic | Specialty Props & Decor: Theoni Collection, Revelry Event Design, Mr. Foam & Scenic | Rentals: Bright Eventrentals | Linens : La Tavola Linen | Lighting: Images by Lighting, Ray Thompson | Photographer: @photogina
The Golden Globes once again rocked Los Angeles as the first big awards event of the new decade. This called for champagne all around, or at least a design that evoked champagne through design and lighting!
Designer Billy Butchkavitz once again created an after-party for HBO at the Beverly Hilton that drew all the big names with its big look. Cheers to a New Year of exciting lighting design!
Design: Billy Butchkavitz | Venue: Beverly Hilton | Lighting: Images by Lighting, Curt Stahl | Projection: Bart Kresa Design | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Subflooring, perimeter walls: Special Event Contractors | Photos: Gabor Ekecs
December is all about color, light and love! Our lighting designer Lonnie Thompson created a beautiful blend of all three at this product launch for Melt Cosmetics. A Dia de Los Muertos theme allowed the planner, Laurel Events, to really embrace color, and it was the perfect foundation for this bold makeup.
Any event at the historic Chateau Marmont is also a love affair with old Hollywood. Located on Sunset Boulevard and designed after a royal retreat in France, it was the perfect venue for the Amazon Prime Video following the Emmy telecast.
That night Amazon celebrated a major win by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a show set in the sixties, itself a golden era of entertainment.
Our lighting designer Raymond Thompson splashed the garden with golden light, both on the landscape and architecture. In the lobby area where guests enter the garden, he added rich tones of amber to showcase the beauty of Hollywood’s own royal past.
Every Sunday The New York Times carries on a time-honored tradition of featuring a wedding of note; one the writers have found to be sweet or unique in some ways, but worthy of a lot ink no matter what.
So it was that we opened up our Sunday paper last month to a surprise. The editors had rightly chosen to cover the loving, wildly colorful and upbeat wedding of Anthony Hemingway and Steven Norfleet.
The article was the second time Images by Lighting was surprised by this wedding. The first was when Billy Butchkavitz, a longtime client and designer known mostly for his iconoclastic work with HBO, was going off script and producing a wedding. Curt Stahl, Images’ Senior Lighting Designer who has worked with Billy on many of his projects, designed the lighting which was then installed by our other Senior Lighting Designer Raymond Thompson.
And so it was that our team, along with more than 300 guests gathered for a very unique wedding at the Newhall Mansion overlooking the Santa Clara River Valley in Piru, California.
The ceremony took place on the Victorian estate’s front
steps, the railings ornamented with a garland of magenta orchids and purple
lavender, in keeping with the wedding’s regal theme.
“In our own way, we had a royal wedding,” Anthony told The New York Times.
On the warm late-summer evening, the reception brought its own heat with tables filled with brightly colored linens and tall arrangements of magenta and fuchsia floral designs. The lighting design was produced on two levels – on the ground with a gobo texture of foliage and then above the heads of guests to the flowers, ensuring they popped against the night sky. At one point, everyone began to dance to Pharrell William’s rendition of Happy – the right song for the moment!
More than 2,000 people helped HBO celebrated its 137 Emmy nominations.
Once again HBO didn’t disappoint in terms of wins, or event design. Again, Game
of Thrones experienced a big win. And again HBO’s Cindy Tenner and Ashley
Covarrubias worked with longtime designer and producer Billy Butchkavitz who
assembled his winning event team.
This year Billy’s goal was to create an HBO nightclub. To do
so he drew inspiration from the works of photographer Helmut Newton and artist
Bjorn Wiinblad to design the event which was built over the Pacific Design
Center’s fountain plaza then tented.
The gray, black, taupe and gold color scheme was different
from years’ past in which Billy liberally explored and used color. To
complement the more subdued tones, our lighting designer Curt Stahl added a layer
of lighting textures over the entire guest areas. Around the perimeter and main
architectural points he added low-key amber tones to correspond with the gold
25-foot statue in the style of Wiinblad, the Dutch artist known for his ceramic
faces and for the masses of candles that were used at the entrance and for a
photo opportunity within the environment.
Gold sequin floors, a glittering HBO logo and dancers
dressed in a mosaic of mirrors were design nods toward the nature of the awards
as well as the very trophy itself — a winning combination by Billy and team
Dark Phoenix, this summer’s latest installment of the X-Men series was a much-anticipated event. Lighting Dark Phoenix premiere entailed two completely different looks, mirroring the mutant powers of the main character, Jean Gray.
Instead of a red carpet entrance, the event planner, Jennifer Wang, wanted a “cracking ground” texture. We used high resolution glass gobos and extended the look into the main entrance area and its fountain. We also created a “blowing fire” effect for the lobby walls using a mixture of rotating glass gobos and projected a “X”in circle gobo on top of the blowing fire.
In the ballroom, the event planner wanted to represent the electricity of the Dark Phoenix. Our team, led by lighting design Nicholas Blasi, did this with a foundation of vibrant LED blue uplighting with a blend of high resolution glass “electricity” gobos over the walls.
The ground was and
guest seating was washed in a soft gobo texture that carried the electricity
feel throughout the ballroom.
When it comes to making top event lists it can get a little
dog eat dog! So, kudos to our friends at California Science Center for making
the Biz Bash list of the Top Charity Events in Southern California once again
for its annual Discovery Ball! This
year’s event was one for the books … or barks! The high-profile annual gala
typically centers its theme and decor around its newest exhibit—a family-friend
display called “Dogs! A Science Tail.”
The resulting black-tie take on a canine theme drew 1,000
guests and broke fund-raising records, generating more than $2 million to
support the museum’s educational programming and exhibits.
“We let this year’s party go to the dogs!” You
don’t hear that often! But then, Chris Sion, VP of food and event services,
doesn’t always theme the Discovery Ball after an exhibit on dogs. It was
raining cat and dog pun, especially in the dinner area.
The Samuel Oschin Pavilion, which famously features the
space shuttle Endeavour, was transformed to resemble an upscale dog park, with
16-foot trees covered in twinkle lights, oversize floral centerpieces, street
lights, and green linens. A 10-foot-tall dog, custom-fabricated by florists CJ
Matsumoto & Sons, sat on stage. Meanwhile, Good Gracious Events prepared a
dinner menu full of tongue-in-cheek reference to canines. The salad course
featured a large crouton shaped like a dog, while the entree, playfully named
“Doggone Beef Steak Filet,” had a bone-shape biscuit and green beans
presented in the shape of a dog leash. Dessert was—what else?—a selection of
With a theme centered on a Dog’s Tail, the event team took
every opportunity to have some fun, including the after party which took place
in the museum’s Loker Conference Center, which had been transformed into the
“Dog Houz Nightclub.”
“With the assistance of Edge Decor and Design, we
created a quirky but hip after-party environment reminiscent of the inside of
an imagined dog house, upholstered in hot pink fur,” Chris Sion, VP of food and event services, told Biz Bash.
“Our only regret was that the ultimate dog—Snoop
Dogg—was not available the night of the gala,” laughed Sion. “Of
course we had to ask!”
Venue: California Science Center | Lighting: Images by Lighting, Lonnie Thompson | Catering: Good Gracious Events and Pink Hot Dogs | Custom Art: Everblock (Lego dog), Lili Chin Art (auction paddles), Puppetude by Melissa Leitch (puppets) | Decor: Edge Design and Decor, Jackson Shrub, Theatreworld Backdrops | Flowers: CJ Matsumoto & Sons | Entertainment: Entire Productions, Invisible Touch Entertainment, Lucent Dossier | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals, Wildflower Linen | Photos: Nadine Froger