The New Year has arrived and event planners are already busy working on fresh designs to impress their clients. More than ever, the 2016 trends in event decor offer a multitude of options for event professionals to create eclectic and immersive environments.
Technology continues to shape events in a profound manner, and planners are challenged to design event spaces that incorporate it without sacrificing aesthetics. From touch screen monitors to iPad and mobile apps that help facilitate and encourage engagement, providing access to information in a convenient way allows attendees to focus on learning and networking.
Keeping Guests Charged Up
Keeping guests connected requires battery power and plenty of charging areas. We’re living in an era where we get anxious without our smart phones. Attendees expect to find a relaxing place to charge their devices at events, meetings and conferences, but they still want to be engaged with other attendees and presenters while doing it. No one wants to be without their phone or leave it in a locker.
CORT now offers an expanded powered furnishings collection to give planners options for providing power to event attendees [in photo above]. Whether it’s powered G30 communal tables or the new Endless powered sectionals; there’s a range of powered solutions that seamlessly incorporate charging into furniture.
Danish Modern a Growing Trend
Another top trend for 2016 is the growing resurgence of Danish modern designs. The simplistic forms, quality craftsmanship, and warmer organic qualities such as wood grain are rich and enduring. Wood framed soft seating combined with organic elements like greenery and softer color shades help ground an event and create a sense of calm. Pantone’s Spring 2016 color palette emphasizes relaxation, but also a sense of curiosity and exploration which reflect the beauty of natural resources.
CORT introduced several new collections for 2016 that translate this trend for the event planner including the new Danish modern inspired Larson sofa and chair featuring a walnut wood frame base and comfortable white vinyl seats [in photo above].
Modern Minimalism Plus Scandinavian Style
Modern minimalism and mid-century silhouettes are still red hot and the Scandinavian influence of CORT’s new Wagner chair with soft cream colored fur upholstery and rounded walnut legs keep this trend fresh and exciting for event designers [in photo above].
"Events are becoming more eclectic every day. The return of bold, vibrant colors, mixed patterns, and the use of multiple textures is becoming increasingly prominent within the special event landscape,” says Jordan Carbotti of Perfect Surroundings International.
The Hollywood Regency trend continues to expand into secondary markets as clients seek colors, fabrics and textures that add glamour to their events and provide an eclectic one-of-a-kind style. Often the addition of one or two statement pieces into an event plan can elevate the entire look.
CORT’s new white Dome chair, a French inspired piece, is a great example of a piece that adds an element of surprise that attendees will talk about and remember. CORT’s complete collection includes a range of other high end modern furnishings that may be used to create designs that reference old Hollywood including the Wilshire and Draper seating collections.
To learn more about CORT’s event rental collections, visit www.cortevents.com.
Kevin Dana is executive director of marketing and product development for CORT Event Furnishings.