Rethinking Trendy Event Design for 2016

Even though I speak on trends quite often, it's always great to hear the perspective of other event professionals who can tell us which trends to stay away from! I am thrilled to share this perspective from AFR Event Furnishing's Kate Bartlett. - David Merrell The second quarter is upon us, and we are already loving the event design trends that we are seeing. It is a complete move toward the modern from top to bottom. However, as we make a 180 degree shift... Read More

The LINE Hotel – Los Angeles

The LINE is a Los Angeles hotel with one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor event spaces, an outdoor pool, three restaurants, two bars, a speakeasy and floor-to-ceiling views from every guestroom. Located in Koreatown, the historic building underwent a complete restoration before opening its doors in 2015. The venue is half-mile away from LA's iconic art deco theater The Wiltern, with several bars grocery stores, and coffee shops also within walking distance. ... Read More

Design Treat: 4 Ways to Utilize Rentivist

"I consider Rentivist an ideal treat for every event designer. The website connects owners of items with the people who need to rent it. Think of it as an eBay for the event industry, but you rent instead of buying. There is a lot of eye candy and I can see this being used as an even greater tool to get ideas for style pages and more. I am thrilled to share this new world of renting with the DesignDawgs community!" - David Merrell Rentivist is the latest... Read More

Shedding Light on the Game of Thrones Premiere

"The public obsession with Game of Thrones has become somewhat of a phenomenon within the past few years. I think Billy Butchkavitz and the entire design team did an extraordinary job capturing the energy and essence of the show, turning the premiere into an authentic and memorable experience for the cast and crew. I could not be more thrilled to share this design inspiration with the DesignDawgs community!" - David Merrell By Liese Gardner Photos by Gabo... Read More

Designer’s Notebook: Forces of Nature – Sealed With a Kiss

"This is one of those events that simply gives me endless amounts of inspiration. I am thrilled to see event designers using design elements to create such an unbelievable transformation. Transformations like these truly set the bar for innovative thinking and creative expertise." - David Merrell Forces of Nature is a truly amazing event unique to Pittsburgh. This year's "Forces of Nature: Color Our World" featured five local event designers, and The Eve... Read More

Before and After: Modern Day Love Letter

"This transformation is truly exquisite. At first I could not believe that the raw space with windows is the same space depicting the finished product. I think the only recognizable item in images from this event is the patterned concrete floor that looks like hardwood, the way that it is lit. Read more about this niche, one of the five created, at the recent Forces of Nature: Color Our World event. It is truly a modern day love letter." - David Merrell ... Read More

Design Flexibility with Stereobot wows the world of event design with flexible design technology.

"Every event designer looks forward to that client with an unlimited budget. When a client comes to me with an unlimited budget and says 'make it happen,' this is the type of technology I like to bring to them and say 'see we made it happen.' The structures that Stereobot are capable of, which can be reconfigured throughout an event, opens us up to a world of endless design possibilities." - David Merrell. Downtown design and building technology company Stereo... Read More

Event Business is Great—And How to Fix It

Event Business
As a long time friend and colleague, I consider Lisa a valuable resource for information within the special events industry. I am thrilled she created this very relevant outline for the DesignDawgs community and it is an honor to share it with you. Warm regards - David Merrell by Lisa Hurley The good news: All our predictions point to a great year for special event business in 2016. The bad news: Sometimes good news brings its own set of headaches. Eve... Read More

Event Pros Take Action: Forces of Nature

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by David E. Merrell Every once in a while, you come across one of those events that is full of inspiration. Forces of Nature is one such event. It is a collaboration between a stellar group of event design-firms along with prominent event sponsors, all from the Pittsburgh area. The event is full of design inspiration and the eye candy is truly a feast for the eyes. What makes the Forces of Nature event even more inspiring is the fact that it is a fundrai... Read More

An Industry Snapshot with King Dahl

King Dahl
Prominent event professional King Dahl was recently inducted into the 2016 Event Solutions Hall of Fame. Stemming from his passion for art, environmental aesthetics and music, King embarked on a flourishing career in event production, design and public speaking. Inspired by free-thinking visionaries, since 1982 he has produced event environments throughout the world for numerous celebrities, dozens of Fortune 500 clients and many meaningful charitable f... Read More