Susie Perelman is the owner of Mosaic, Inc. a national linen company which specializes in original and unique applications of fabric to both tabletop and decor components of special events. Susie is also the founder and President of Event Pros Take Action (EPTA), a not-for-profit organization for event professionals who join forces to help rebuild communities suffering destruction from environmental catastrophe. Perelman is a consistent presence in the event design industry, which gives her an authoritative voice on design objectives. DesignDawgs recently caught up with her to ask her our signature Ten Questions for event profs.
What’s the most important item to have at an event?
Tool Box – you never know what you will find in the process of setting up. Even with the best planning, thingshappen on site and we have to be innovative to find ways to conceal, construct, and repurpose things. Having crash tape, pearl pins, scissors, glue guns and staple guns are invaluable!
What’s your favorite app of all time?
Tough call. Waze? Uber? Open Table? Tripit? Anything that helps make life easier in the planning process.
What’s your favorite venue?
Time and a place for everything! I personally like raw spaces because they create as a blank canvas for creativity, but because I live in an old city I do find that some of the architectural details in our historic landmark buildings create some unparalleled environments for events as well. Being the hometown to Andy Warhol, I must say that events in the Andy Warhol Museum are always a blast – impossible not to have fun when you are mingling with all the incredible works, and impossible for a party not to look fabulous when surrounded by such masterpieces.
Winter wedding or summer wedding?
Summer! I love open air with natural light, I love all things ethereal and I am a boheme at heart, so no question summer is my season.
What favorite vacation spot inspires you the most?
That one is easy for me –St Barth. The best of the best for me. Divine food which combines French influences with island cuisine, gorgeous beaches everywhere you look, amazing shopping and of course chic Frenchies walking around everywhere. If only the dollar were stronger!
Vintage or new?
Vintage – I love things embedded with history. I do like combining old with new – so re-purposing vintage materials (from fabrics to wood to glass) to make something new suits me just fine too.
DJ or live music?
Live Music. Music is art and I love watching musicians expressing themselves live on stage. Every performance is different and you never know what may happen on stage which is interesting and exciting to experience.
Sit down or buffet?
Neither. If I want to sit down and have an intimate conversation with some friends, I go to a restaurant. If I am at an event, I like to mingle, explore and experience. Sit down dinners for large groups are not for me as generally there are many people I want to interact with so am not so happy sitting in one place for several hours. Buffet lines are a drag – so that is not ideal for me either. I prefer to have small bites and nibbles throughout the night. With passed hor d’eouvers, small food stations and other interactive food presentations guests can eat when they want, so I vote for grazing styles of meals at events I attend.
Stage or screen?
Another tough one. Our family loves live theater so stage I suppose? As a spectator- both. In my 15 minutes of fame…. Probably a cameo on stage, but frankly my preference would be to design the sets for stage or screen and not make a cameo at all!
Favorite design trend of all time?
I cannot select just one. Unfair question to someone who lives and breathes in trending styles! I actually am intrigued watching the rise and fall of trends and what ignites a trend. I find it fascinating to see what hits the spotlight, what becomes a classic, and what ultimately is destined to fade and die off a few seasons later. Right now, mixed metals is fun and current and can transform events ranging from small and intimate to grand. I suspect this trend will last quite a while and stand the test of time.
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