Trends In Event Design with David Merrell of Design Dawgs

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The first session I attended at The Special Event 2015 was “Trends in Event Design” with David Merrell of Design Dawgs. This company specializes in high end, very chic and very hip events. Their events are heavily influenced by pop culture and all things trendy, one particular thing they thing they look to for inspiration is fashion. Pulling elements from what’s walking down the runway at fashion week and adding them to their design is part of what makes this company so successful. We get inspired by fashion in every form of design whither it be interior design, event design, graphic design, even food. David highlighted what he sees trending and what inspires his design.

Shabby Chic – This is when you take something old and add something new. We all have that old pair of jeans that we love and just can’t part with. Adding a new pair of shoes can really spruce them up and add a new, fresh, hip look they had been lacking before. Same goes with event design, adding a modern pattern or a few modern accents to a vintage style really changes the vibe and look of your design.

Metallics – Recently there has been a surge of metallic furniture in events. Grand gold and silver seating adds a lux feel to any space. Using metallic is great because they lend themselves to any color and really makes it pop. We have even seen this walking down the runways. Metallic purses and shoes add flare to any outfit.

Black & White – The classic color combination. Black and white will never go out of style but is always being reinvented! We have been seeing black and white used in bold patterns and mixed shapes in both linens and furniture even in flooring. A black and white event with pops of color is very modern and ultra sleek.

Mixed Patterns – In the past, mixing patterns was a big no-no! Now its highly embraced by the fashion and event industry. By mixing patterns you are able to bring in a lot of color and excitement without being too overwhelming. Bold patterns and geometric shaped are very in right now.

Gingham – I cannot think of a more adorable textile. We are always looking for something to add a little edge both in fashion and design. I think that gingham does the exact opposite. It adds an element of sweetness and innocence. We are so used to seeing it in the classic blue or red but now it is being used in so many colors, the options are endless!  Never the less, it is a classic pattern that will never go out of style.

Statement Pieces in Event Design – A big thing in event design is just that, big. Large statement pieces in the room make for good focal points. They could be anything – a giant mirror, a large lamp or even an over sized couch, Anything that can stand alone and crate impact.

Bring the outdoors, indoors – This is especially popular if you live in an area what doesn’t have great weather. Who needs it? You can create an entire garden setting indoors! AFR offers an amazing collection of grass seating that is surprisingly really comfortable and looks incredibly real! We have also seen flowers walls popping up everywhere thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. I love flower walls because the options are endless with what type of flowers, greens and other elements you can bring into the design.

Floral Trends – Along with flower walls, floral chandeliers are being seen more and more and all I can say is WOW! If you are looking for a show stopping pieces one of these chandeliers is the answer to all our prayers. I’ll let the picture speak for themselves (see Pinterest board below).

Food Trends – Events are the best places to eat some of the best food, am I right? Everyone loves comfort food and in the past wasn’t considered event appropriate but chefs have been adding high-end ingredients and turning our favorite comfort foods into a luxurious dining experience. By adding a nice bleu cheese or maybe a fine Gruyere in your Mac & Cheese, you have automatically bumped it up a notch and took it to a new dimension.

For the past few years bacon has been wildly popular in the food industry and is still just as popular as ever! The options are endless when it comes to bacon because its flavor lends itself to so many categories of food. Bacon signature drinks and sweets are always a hot item on the menu.

If heavy home-style meals aren’t your bag, there are always the small plates! This is the best way to give your guests a variety of good food and good flavors. They are the perfect food choice for cocktail parties or intimate get-togethers. Your guests won’t leave stuffed but they will leave satisfied.

Drinks! – Arguably the most important thing to be served at any wedding or event and thanks to Bethenny Frankel we can enjoy our cocktails with just a little less guilt. That’s right! I’m talking about skinny drinks. In the health conscious world we live in, skinny drinks offer your guests the same amount of fun with less calories.

It’s no secret that craft beer is probably the trendiest thing happening in the beverage industry with micro breweries popping up left and right, so it’s no surprise that it has carried over into the event industry. Having a variety of craft beer available to your guests is just as exciting as a menu of mixed signature drinks or a refined wine list. Often times they have a higher alcohol content than regular beer so you are also getting more bang for your buck.

To get a visual of the trends in event design, click to view my Pinterest board!  So now let me here what your favorite trend is or what you are seeing in your neck of the woods in the comments below.

 

David Merrell Trends in Event Design

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