Some designers have nightmares of color and pattern, fearing the dreaded “clash.” But to designer Billy Butchkavitz this is where his dreams come true. “As everyone knows, I’m not afraid of color and pattern,” he told BizBash at the premiere event of the HBO comedy, Veep.
The event was paisley on paisley, beginning at the step-and-repeat wall. Even the cast of “Veep” seemed to be in on the theme.
The event, hosted by HBO at Paramount Studios, was a cacophony of bird fabrics and paisley patterns – the designer’s vision of how the show’s main character would designer her vice presidential residence.
Having worked with Butchkavitz numerous times over the years, Images by Lighting knew that too much is never enough in this talented designer’s sketchbook. To play up the paisley patterns on the banquettes, the linen and the walls, lighting designer Curt Stahl added paisley gobo breakup patterns on the path leading up to and then inside the 66-foot round tent that had been placed over the fountain outside the Paramount Theater.
“In addition,” Stahl says, “We installed 24 chandeliers in the tent, color washed the ceiling with LEDs, and spotlighted the centerpieces for drama and to make them stand out.”
The tent’s exterior was also lit with texture to complement the surrounding environment. “And the studio façade itself – a wall that flanks the event facility, was lighted,” Stahl says. By using lighting in this way, everywhere the 800 guests looked was part of the created environment.
At the candy station, Images by Lighting also added eight chandeliers in the tree to extend the interior look outside.
Guests filled hollowed out replicas of a “biography” by the main character (which plays a large role in this season’s episodes) with candy.
While gilded chairs, bright red flowers, and the use of gold accents everywhere (even the ties of the waitstaff) added presidential pomp, Images by Lighting added the pop with lighting!
Photos: Gabor Ekecs