I haven’t stopped thinking about this party since I laid eyes on it. And while red was certainly not on my list of color loves before; this little splash is beyond. Consider me converted. Stunning red blooms by Flowerwild, natural mixed media, and modern architectural elements all came together for the house warming party of the century designed by Park & Grove. See so much more captured by Michael Radford in the VAULT.
We produced this party for a client of ours who’s currently building a gorgeous new home in Beverly Hills. He wanted to host an evening that brought together the various artists & designers involved in the project, as many of them hadn’t nor would ever meet, and also to thank them for their involvement and hard work. He wanted to pay homage to their individual creative talents and also honor the concept of design as a whole by showcasing every element of the event (décor, food, music, etc.) as art.
From there, we were tasked with the responsibility of finding a way to bring this concept to life. We knew we could create a beautiful party, but we wanted to make it personal which was difficult with such a diverse group. With so many different talents in the room (architects, jewelry designers, interior designers, sculptors, etc.), our first goal was to come up with an overall event theme that spoke to all of them.
We decided to use the house itself, as it was in fact the one thing they all had in common. We reviewed the blueprints, design boards and commissioned art pieces for the new house and saw everything was very sleek and modern, but was heavily influenced by traditional European architecture and design. The mix of traditional and contemporary influences led us to the theme of “old meets new” which was especially fitting as the dinner took place on the patio of his current, soon-to-be “old” home.
For the tabletop design, we wanted to use a mix of different textures to represent the new house in a variety of old (ceramic, leather, metal) versus new (lucite, glass, porcelain) materials. We brought in concrete dining tables and sleek white dining chairs from Blueprint Studio. The tabletop featured a gorgeous set up of Ark rentals – we used their copper chargers and napkin rings, ceramic china and lucite flatware.
We didn’t want traditional centerpieces so Kate from Flowerwild created the most stunning table installations, using a combination of florals and mixed media. Delicate blooms were woven into a tapestry of architectural materials including paper skeletons, metal, marble, smoked glass and ceramics.
In lieu of traditional paper goods, we worked with Papel Paper & Press to create something a bit unexpected. The place cards were marble tiles, calligraphed with each guest’s name and the dinner menu and evening program were all bound in beautiful custom leather “artist’s journals,” debossed with the event date.
After a beautiful four-course seated dinner by Heirloom LA, guests went back inside the house to enjoy a performance of a few songs from our client’s favorite musical Hamilton, which is a smash hit on Broadway right now. We built a stage and transformed the living room into a lounge with the help of R. Jack Balthazar where guests sat, watched the show and indulged in delicious cocktails from the Roger Room and an incredible Heirloom LA dessert spread.
A huge thanks to Michael Radford for capturing the evening so beautifully – it was truly one of our favorite events thus far!
Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Catering: Heirloom LA | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Event Styling/Coordination: Park & Grove | Rental: Flowerwild | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Rentals: Blueprint Studios