Month: April 2015

The Minimalist’s event.

“Less is better right?” Err, well sometimes it is. Fashion now is minimalism, simple, clean and tidy. The trend is to “keep it simple”. Most of the time is because of budget constraints and idea limitations. Misconception of this is that, we end up doing things just for the sake of doing it. While I do find a sleek clean cut look seductive, but it has to be done tastefully. Trust me; having nothing is better than having less. It is better to have nothing at all, rather than doing things half heartedly.

Putting the lesson into practice, we shall discuss 5 ways to optimizing the Minimalist Ideology.

  1. Pick a simple theme to begin with.

Go black and white; you can’t go wrong with that. Well actually you can, when you start to think to yourself, “oh there are few shades of blacks and couple tones of white we can play with.” No. The answer is no. Pick ONE black and ONE white then stick with it. Common mistakes we do are we try to be overly creative with simple themes, while being too simple with complicated themes.

  1. Curves or straight lines?

I’m sure by now you’re itching to tweak in ideas here and there. You can, actually. Black and white themes are fun to play with lines and curves. Try not to be all vertical or horizontal lines, less you end up looking like a prison or just exited one, or all curvy lines, then you might look like an oversized zebra.

  1. More black or more white?

Don’t be surprised that one of the either two colors will be dominant. A good ratio will be 60:40. It can be 60% white 40% black or vice versa. Going towards white more will tend to make your event space feel wider, whereas, black will make your room feel cozy. If you have fewer props to play with, go black.

  1. What type of colour lights to use?

White being white, it is extremely sensitive to lighting; it catches and bounces all and any lights. If you do use colored lighting, do be careful, less your black and white theme end up to be a black and some other colour theme. What colour to use then? I normally will NEVER suggest using white lights in events, because it is harsh and exposes all minor deformities here and there, but to in this situation, it brings out the best of it. Remember to block out ALL unnecessary lights!

  1. Props and flowers.

This theme actually makes life easier for decorators, as we already have most of these props in store, and white flowers are generally easier to be found and arranged. Do pay more attention to the table linen though; zebra table linens will be a great boost to your overall look.

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Gothic Glam Theme

It gets tougher especially when your client engages you for the 4th year consecutively to be their decorator. Simply because their expectation goes up, and they will want to see something new and fresh. We aren’t allowed to repeat the props either, unless we modify it so much that it is beyond recognition.  Challenging it maybe, but we find it rather exciting. It pushes us to the limits to think both inside and outside the box, and sometimes be the box.

So we were invited to their corporate office, had the usual greetings and small talks, then the briefing for the event. “Gothic Glam nite”. Yes that was the theme for this year’s annual dinner. Oh fantastic. Forcing a smile and my eyes went irregular sized, while my brains was rushing to find the nearest relavantest ( if that is an actual word) example I can give from the database in my head. What is Gothic glam?! How on earth did they even come up with such a theme?!

But they were very kind. Nice to work with kind of people, we brained stormed awhile, we had to get the mental image of Halloween and horror out of the way for the start. As for the conclusion, we streamlined it down to be a, well, luxury , glamorous vampiric theme? oh well. Basically, is like a horror movie but without the spookiness, replaced with glitters instead.

The dinner did came out interesting though! Check out some of these pics, not much here tough, the rest are here in the website. We worked closely with Universal Event production, which provided the sound and light support and overall management.

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