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
Designer / Producer: Billy Butchkavitz | Lighting Design: Images by Lighting, Curt Stahl | Projections: Bart Kresa Designns | Large Scale Décor: Agile Eye Solutions | Custom tent: So Cal Tents | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Perimeter walls, elevated subfloors, bridges and walkways, custom staging and bars: Special Event Contractors | Photos: Gabor Ekecs