Ten Questions with Jon Adcock

PTE Productions
DesignDawgs recently caught up with event industry expert Jon Adcock, president of PTE Productions an audio visual and lighting company in Orlando, Florida. Adcock has been busy working on major events for clients on a national level. We wanted to know more about what makes Adcock so great at what he does. We were certainly entertained by his fun personality, which shined through his answers below. What’s the most important item to have at an event?  A g... Read More

The Special Olympics

This Summit is Designed to be Conquered

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"Conferences, summits, meetings ... they get lost in the design shuffle. Yet because they have to convey a very strong message with very few elements, they are perhaps the most challenging to design! Great job here by Carl Bendix and team. We are happy to bring you this interesting look at a way that the Special Olympics found to engage it a huge community year round with this Shark Tank like idea and the execution of it as an event." David Merrell Lead Desig... Read More

Before and After: For the Holidays

With the holidays closer than we think, this before and after transformation by Coast Concierge gets me thinking it's time to stock up again on sugarplums and snowflake gobos for the holidays! [before-after viewer_position="center"] [/before-after]... Read More

Event Design With Cort Furniture

CORT Wows Houston Event Community with VIP Showcase Event

The Houston event community recently  came out in full force to experience iconic modern design at The Bell Tower on 34th, and celebrate CORT Event Furnishings newest Texas location.  The VIP client showcase electrified guests with the garden-inspired décor, dramatic lighting, and powered furniture that blended seamlessly with the designs created by Jordan and Evan Carbotti, and Dwayne Ridgeway of Perfect Surroundings, Intl. The festive night of libations... Read More

Ten Questions with Andrew Spurgin

Event designers have a special way of thinking. We're interested in exploring what those thoughts look like. In doing so, we're kicking off our Ten Questions series with event industry veteran and restaurant consultant Andrew Spurgin. 1. What's the most important item to have at an event? A clear and focused head. 2. What's your favorite app of all time? Uber. 3. What's your favorite venue? Spencer House in London, one of the Royal's palaces.... Read More

Before and After: Hollywood Event Style

HBO Golden Globes After Party

Imagining worlds and then producing them is the art of the event designer. It’s also the craft of the Hollywood art director. So it’s not surprising that when Billy Butchkavitz began to design last year's Golden Globes HBO after-party, he’d call on the spirit of Cedric Gibbons, one of Hollywood’s most influential production designers. Working in the thirties, Gibbons’ style was decadent Art Deco – the type that is associated with platinum blondes, e... Read More

Design: The Wedding Gown

Custom Fit to the Bride's Style

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When it comes to designing a wedding, the event team has its mandate, and the bride has hers -- the wedding gown. On a recent rainy morning in Los Angeles, Jinza Couture Bridal hosted a small gathering of top wedding planners and media to show off its spring line of exquisite dresses. Newly opened in Los Angeles with its first boutique still in San Francisco, Jinza Couture Bridal caters to the bride seeking a custom look. Dresses such as this mermaid look below... Read More

An Adult Alice in Wonderland Event

Fantasy in Las Vegas at the MGM

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One wouldn't expect a tea party in Las Vegas, but that's just what 100 VIP guests experienced when the MGM Resorts Events wanted to show off its meeting and event space. For décor, the original plan was to simply let the ballroom speak for itself. Yet, the elegant ballroom really needed to connect with this 30-something crowd. With that in mind, a set of renderings wascreated for an event that would allow the attendees to experience the possibilities that e... Read More

Buffet Design: Rustic in the City

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At the colorful Wynwood Arts District in Miami, A Joy Wallace Catering Production and Design Team set up a look they call rustic in the city. Their design inspiration began with a wood table with a tree stump base. It was used to contrast the mint green metal chairs and wooden and slate platters and risers. Hanging green amaranthus, purple tulips, cattails, faux custom print tulips were used to create an alluring station display with layers of color and text... Read More

Design With a Purpose

Take the Red Line

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Doron Gazit, founder of AirDD, a designer and manufacturer of illuminated inflatable designs, is also an environmental artist. His medium -- Airtubes -- is the same one he’s used to create large-scale designs for the Super Bowl, World Cup, Olympics, and Hollywood events such as Variety at Paramount Studios (below) since he formed AirDD in 1986. Over the years, Gazit has installed a large number of environmental pieces throughout the world, including th... Read More