What makes great event design? “If you want drama and wow, it’s lighting every time,” says designer Rose Forbes, owner of Two Tree Events in Los Angeles.
In fact, a holiday event Forbes produced this past season for True[X], a digital ad company, was particularly bonded with lighting. It doesn’t take an international person of mystery to sleuth out that lighting design was a large component of this classic James Bond murder mystery theme!
Playa Studios was a blank canvas for the theme to play out. Gold was the primary color while diamonds were the shape that was repeated throughout. A photo booth area with a Bond shutter effect, a Bond villain and a Bond girl all added to the festivities.
Forbes, who has worked with our lighting designer Nicholas Blasi, many times during her 16 years as a top planner, asked him to create a retro look bathed in gold light. “I don’t try to rein in his creativity,” Forbes said. “The result is always unbelievable.”
With his license to kill it with lighting, Blasi made a statement right from the very beginning. “In the guest entrance, I overlaid the custom TRUE 007 gobo with a sparkling diamond effect,” he explained. “Select walls at the bars and lounges in reception area were also lighted with the same effect which carried the effect throughout. On the floor, we transformed the space with a series of fine line custom hexagon gobo patterns.”
And the perfect accessory for this event – besides a tuxedo and martini – was the addition of one last lighting effect — golden mirrored balls over the dance floor!
Event Producer: Two Tree Events | Lighting: Images by Lighting, Nicholas Blasi | Venue: Playa Studios | Floral: Subrosa Floral Design | Photos: MKP Photography | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Catering: Brown Paper LA and Sugar Fish Sushi | Bar: Liquid Catering | Bond Wall and AV: Joey with Big Time Operators | Confidential Envelopes and other print work: Woo Paperie and Press | Performers: Brenda Hamilton, Eric Newton and Lexi Pearl