Successful event decor may be elaborate or simple, but it requires clever details and eye-catching focal points to make it memorable.
TSEvents e-news scouted out the following decor specialists whose niche products and services are definitely worth adding into your design playbook:
A Picker’s Paradise
Oversized typography relics, apothecary bottles, antique clocks and dressmaker dummies are among the ever-changing inventory of vintage and salvaged materials at Metropolis Living. Located in Toronto’s west-end Junction neighbourhood, the shop’s quirky pieces and industrial-age reproductions can be purchased or rented. On the hunt for something very specific or have a custom work request? Owner Phil Freire is the bomb!
Representing Canadian and international artists, De Luca Fine Art Gallery pairs rental art to event theme such as a series of paintings of aged wine bottles for a wine tasting. The Avenue Road gallery is also able to mount whole decor installations from oversized reproductions to video and conceptual art. Take for example the towering backdrop of Caravaggio’s The Musicians that De Luca’s artistic team produced for this year’s Venetian Ball’s VIP dinner.
Transform walls into cityscapes and artful canvases with trompe-l’oeil-style decals from Montreal-based Voilà! Stickers. For indoors or outdoors use, the easy-to-apply and remove vinyl decals cling to smooth surfaces and stretch to fit corners, ledges and moulding. Over 500 designs make up the collection including Parisian, Toronto and North American street scenes, wrought-iron railings and staircases, unique graphics and graffiti.
Oh the things plain white paper does in the hands of Atlanta-based artists Amy Flurry and Niki Salk! The gals behind Paper-Cut-Project cut, twist, roll, texture and sculpt paper into lavish custom-made art to embellish everything from runway models and set dressings to event tables and merchandise displays. Working in specially coated bristol paper, the fantastical creations are delicately detailed yet incredibly sturdy. In fact, a collection of elaborate wigs commissioned by The Bay’s Queen Street store for its 2009 holiday window mannequins has reappeared in its retail displays several times since.
Beautify buffets and food platters with exquisite hand-carved fruit and vegetable arrangements. Food artist Waffa Hanim Vanoom of Fruitysplendour Fruit Carving Designs and Edible Glamour works her magical knife skills on every kind of melon and veggie going, turning them into gorgeous rosettes, intricately sculpted florals, and unique, edible serving dishes and centrepieces. Showcase names, logos, initials, and messages in the elaborate designs.
Rather than hang mylar stars from the ceiling, the award-winning design crew of The Media Merchants puts your guests under a night sky filled with moving clouds and twinkling stars and constellations. Using advanced multi-media technology that casts high-definition projections of logos, photos, video and graphics onto any interior or exterior surface, the company can animate the inanimate and instantly transform a setting. Applied Arts Magazine recently featured the company’s award-winning work on its blog.
When it comes to making full-scale decor and props Bratton Scenery and Display loves a challenge. A 20-ft. can of Mountain Dew that actually functions as a pop dispenser, and 70 four-foot high Chinese lanterns are currently under construction in their workshop. Working in steel, aluminum, wood, plastic and foam, the custom fabricators design, computer cut, construct and paint realistic decor elements for events, trade shows, theatre, film and television.
Architects of Green
In November, Landscape Sculptures morphed Toronto’s Dundas Square for a tourism company promo that saw the outdoor plaza turn into a tropical oasis with swaying palm trees set on 6 ft. x 4 ft. sandy islands. The company specializes in living and artificial greenery and landscaping props from ferns, trees and hedging to grasses, fountains and fencing. Their work on the Toronto-filmed HBO series The Kennedy’s, which included replicating the White House gardens, earned the firm an Emmy nomination.
Pull an event theme right through to the dance or stage floor by installing a removable material over top of the existing surface. Dance Floor Décor’s design team specializes in floor “cover ups,” producing and installing any size overlay imprinted with logos, monograms, borders and graphics. Ideal for staircases and front of bars, too. Choose from a variety of colours and portfolio of patterns, or customize the floor with your own unique design. The company also specializes in large backdrop banners and signage.