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
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
“If you want drama and the ‘wow,’ it’s lighting every time.” We have to say, we love the philosophy of event producer Rose Forbes.
Forbes, owner of Two Tree Events gets the wow, and the pow, when she works with our lighting designer Nicholas Blasi. As a collaborator with her on this corporate event, he turned up his own super power — designing with lighting.
One of Forbes’ design mantras is that the space dictates the look of her events. The Optimist Studios with its large, blank walls and floor space was then the perfect choice for a super hero theme event that changed throughout the night. Big color and patterns gave Forbes the KA-POW-er design effect she desired. Using automated fixtures that could rotate and change throughout the night, Blasi alternated Squiggle and Paisley gobos in powerful, saturated tones. “While the walls around the dance floor changed, I wanted the gobos on the dance floor and the POW gobos to remain still.”
For this year’s design of the HBO Golden Globes after-party,
Billy Butchkavitz was inspired by the muses of mid-century contemporary design
circa 1968 to 1973.
We love it when he gets specific like that! It challenges us to find just the right gobo projection patterns to complement the arced lines of the custom carpet and the graphic design on the linens.
Billy’s mandate — every surface covered in lighting
which we were only too happy to fulfill.
Textured gobo projections of various shades of white and green were custom
carpet of arced lines, trellis design and green and white color scheme. A
central sculpture was the focus of the tented area while our lighting brought
focus to perimeter walls, tabletops and entertainment areas.
To completely immerse the guests in the design, for the first time Billy asked Bart Kresa to extend the 3D video on the main exterior wall of the space farther. To paraphrase that most famous of green celebrities, Kermit the Frog, it may not be easy to be green, but it is easy – and fun – to turn an entire event space into a design that would make Kermit even greener with envy.
Designer: Billy Butchkavitz | Venue: Beverly Hills Hilton | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Props: Agile Eye Solutions | Lighting: Images by Lighting, Curt Stahl | 3D Projection: Bart Kresa Design | Photo: Gabor Ekecs