In 2016, expect subtle to showstopping colors and furniture that power immersive experiences.
A new year brings new event trends and new strategies to interpret traditional themes. Pantone® describes its spring 2016 color report as “transporting and transformative.” “Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Here, two tented event experts offer their own predictions, from subtle to bold to fashionably functional:
Danielle Bevenour, Choice Party Linens Inc.
Trends for 2016 can be classified as subtle and understated, bold and showstopping, or flirty and fun. An example of a more understated aesthetic would be a classic dark blue panama linen tablecloth paired with a chic iced yellow-hued cotton napkin.
In 2016 it’s all about shaking things up and giving the event a one-of-a-kind experience. — Danielle Bevenour
A more dramatic look can be achieved by pairing bold onyx cascade overlays with pops of color from satin chair sashes in a contrasting shade of frosty mint. Finally, a cheeky and bubbly vibe can be conveyed through voluminous and feminine pale pink rosette overlays offset by shimmering white and silver sequin overlays, playing off each other dressed on every other table.
In 2016 it’s all about shaking things up and giving the event a one-of-a-kind experience. The best way to achieve a memorable and individual visual experience (without necessarily breaking the bank) is to play with color, texture and design through linen.
Kevin Dana, Cort Trade Show and Event Furnishings
Many event planners are making the transition from planning events to planning experiences. They want their events to be immersive, and their furniture to be fashionable and facilitate learning and connection. It’s nearly impossible to create a truly engaging event if guests are worried about charging their mobile devices. As clients and attendees carry more devices, there is a growing need for stylish furnishings that incorporate charging functionality in 2016.
With power units and USB cords built into the furniture, event attendees can lounge, charge their devices, network and mingle in one place. Best of all, attendees never have to worry about their Periscope or Instagram followers missing a moment of the action because of a dead battery.
CORT Event Furnishings has expanded its line of powered furniture. In addition to the Powered Roma and Naples Collections, CORT’s powered modular tables are the latest addition to the popular Endless Seating Collection, giving designers more flexibility in their seating designs. Guests will also have even more places to recharge with CORT’s G30 table collection, which offers powered functionality in a variety of sizes from bar to cafe to cocktail tables.