Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Musicians on Call Gala Honoring Tom Poleman

Musicians on Call is a nonprofit organization (established 1999) that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  They use music to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families, and caregivers.  We were asked to design their gala, which was held on November 12th, 2013 at Gotham Hall.  The gala honored Tom Poleman, co-Chair of Musicians on Call and President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media. It was an evening celebrating Tom’s commitment to Musicians on Call hosted by Elvis Duran with live performances by Paramore and Gavin Degraw.

We wanted to create an overall feel that was lush and beautiful, but with masculine undertones.  The colors were rich and bold, using tones of aubergine and deep reds.  The foundation was composed of deep greens using an abundance of ivy and other accompanying foliage. Flowers used were blue vanda orchids, black magic and bacarra red roses, black/red tulips, deep purple/red artichokes (which were massive, I might add), calla lilies, privet berry and blue anenomes.  Flowers were designed in clusters incorporating depth and texture with subtle flares of whimsical flower dustings.  Distressed, bronze, votives complimented each composition along with an abundance of varied candlelight set throughout the space.

Below is our inspiration board along with some photos from the evening.

Photo by Katherine Tyler     

Photo by Katherine Tyler     
Photo by Katherine Tyler      
Photo by Katherine Tyler      
Photo by Katherine Tyler 
Photo by Katherine Tyler      

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

On the Road with the Rolling Stones


I was going through my photos the other day and realized that I never shared this experience.

MAC Presents brokered a deal with Citi and the Rolling Stones for the exclusive presale and official sponsorship of the “50 and Counting” tour that kicked off back in April.  We were hired to conceptualize and build-out a private lounge to host Citi VIP's and Rolling Stones’ friends and family.  We sought out one of our dear friends - and a top interior builder and designer - Josh Farley of WRKDesign  and created a sexy and incredibly awesome room that toured with the band for two months.  A ton of blood and sweat went in to this room, but no tears.  

The concept ultimately chosen out of three different submissions was “ Glam Rock.”  The room incorporated the lavishness of rock and roll at it’s “sexiest."  To accomplish this we used rich and luxurious elements that were bold yet simple. The overall feel was one of “vintage-rock-glam” and incorporated loud, masculine elements of gloss and chrome, with accents of metallic and extravagance.  The space incorporated all things “Glam” but with  a modern and industrial swagger.  Walls held  oversized beat-in, vintage American and Union Jack flags and side tables held curated photo books documenting the Stones' history as well as other antique artifacts representing the time. 

Each market gave us another challenge with different footprints to transform but we made it work, and we made it work well. 

Below is our inspiration and detail story boards that inspired us with the concept, and a few photos of the actual lounges we created on tour.  

Me after a long, long day.  I ain't no roadie, that's for sure. 

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