Good event designers create beautiful spaces. Great event designers create immersive environments. They are storytellers, taking their clients’ narratives and translating them into large-scale installations of what can only be described as art. They are capable of producing pleasure and awe. These New York event design, decor and floral specialists are the latter — great at what they do.
Ed Libby and his fabulous team (in New York and Los Angeles) spin fantasy from sketches, art from ideas. For more than 30 years, Libby has been building a creative resumé of show-stopping events incorporating inventive design with live entertainment utilizing artists, actors and models for immersive event experiences that create lasting memories. Offering top-notch design, decor and floral services is only part of their formula for success — the rest is their skill at listening to and honing a client’s vision then translating it into a a gorgeous affair.
Experts at bringing brand visions to life, B Floral artists have worked with everyone from Barclays to Yahoo!, Harper’s Bazaar to Jimmy Choo. Owner and Lead Designer, Bronwen G.P. Smith cultivates a boutique approach to corporate and private events that produces stunning decor and breathtaking floral artistry — think blooms upended and suspended from ceilings and adorning walls in unexpected patterns. B Floral is a trend leader, planning and producing events utilizing of-the-moment decor, like creating Instagrammable moments and spots and incorporating the Pantone Color of the Year (Ultra Violet).
Melanie Arden of Melarosa began her love affair with flowers when she cut and arranged her neighbor’s garden roses for her very own Bat Mitzvah celebration. She started Melarosa as an extension of her passion for vibrant and innovative floral design and it’s that ardor that makes for stunning events. Her team is highly service-focused, partnering with their clients to perfectly execute stylish celebrations from ceremonies to receptions as well as decor to beautify commercial and home locales.
Meredith Waga Perez’s experience in fashion couture is evident in her subtly opulent botanic stylings. She started Belle Fleur, a luxury floral design and home fragrance company, with her mother, Marilyn Waga, and the duo have become sought after for their haute aesthetic. Imagine an all-pink palette with tables flanked by varied shades from tabletop to ceiling or a chic navy and white space with alabaster-hued flowers sporting impossibly gorgeous navy centers that further the theme. Their attention to detail combined with the color and texture stories they tell with their designs set the mood for any celebration.
Mark Rose Events creates celebrations that are living, breathing illustrations of the design company’s tagline, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” With Rose’s education in architecture, art and design combined with a decade overseeing the public flowers and events at iconic spots like The Plaza Hotel and The Pierre Hotel, it’s no wonder that the company bearing his name is in high demand for weddings, corporate galas and charity balls. Their stunning installations create awe.
As their company name proclaims — more than an event, David Beahm offers an experience. Starting with a sketch, the David Beahm team is able to bring drama and interest to even the largest event spaces with unique, creative installations and designs that defy gravity and belief. The firm elevates celebrations through their top-notch team of dream-makers including floral artists, ironworkers, muralists, food stylists and more, leveraging the skills and talents of a wide network of professionals to bring ideas into reality.
Ron Wendt Design blurs the line between indoors and outdoors to create stunning floral tableaus. The design firm, launched more than 25 years ago, combines the beauty of botanics with the enjoyment of entertaining for striking weddings, galas and social events for the likes of companies such as Chanel and Tiffany’s and arts organizations like Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Whitney Museum of American Art. They aim to distill the essence of their client to tell a story or convey a message through an elegant celebration.
Chic, modern, creative, unexpected — these are all apt descriptors for the work of Birch Event Design. A luxe floral, decor, and production company, they provide a high level of quality and service, working from concept through creation to design memorable moments. Armed with sketch pads and fabrics, the team at Birch Event Design creates unique entrances and floor plans for every celebration. From dramatic installations down to the linens and chairs at each table, every little detail has been considered and curated at their stunning events.
Flower and event design pioneer, Renny Reynolds, started his business in 1972 and, eighteen years ago, he welcomed his nephew Reed into the firm. Renny & Reed offers a team of industry veterans providing floral design and event production services in New York as well as in South Florida. They’ve gained renown for their ability to transform any space in the service of curating awe-inspiring celebrations where no detail is overlooked or surface left untouched. Their events are as gorgeous as they are immersive and the team is equally skilled at curating large, over-the-top affairs as they are intimate dinner parties.
The dynamic husband and wife team of Azizan and Nauman Ali combine their different strengths and experience to create stunning spaces for their firm, Design House Decor. Azizan, with hher background in fashion and design, envisions creative designs for spectacular spaces, while Nauman, with hhis training in engineering, works to bring that vision to life. Together with their team of designers, florists and creatives, they produce scenes that engage all of the senses. Their flower-drenched, candlelit spaces are swoon-worthy.
For more than a decade, David Stark has been applying his experience as an artist writ large to room-sized “canvases” in the service of creating sublime events. David Stark Design and Production has grown to become an in-demand full-service, event design, planning and production company that’s fueled by a passion for storytelling through design. They are expert listeners and interpreters, conceiving events that fulfill each client’s vision from weddings to charity galas, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and milestone celebrations.
Golf Srithamrong, owner of Tantawan Bloom, begins every design with a sketched-by-hand drawing, ensuring each event represents a unique vision for his client. His style is modern informed by Thai-inspired technique and was developed in both Chicago and New York, where he finds inspiration in the nearby flower markets. Tantawan Bloom’s dramatic designs always include unusual floral arrangements that stun and surprise. Their work graces many of New York’s most prestigious locations including The Mandarin Oriental, The Plaza and Long Island’s landmark Oheka Castle.
As their name implies, the designers at Petal Design Studio have a respect — a reverence, even — for blooms. They allow the architecture of a blossom to help guide its use and their resulting decor is as intricate and beautiful as the flowers themselves. Petal Design Studio’s work is always gorgeous, whether the palette is monochromatic or bright and varied. The studio has been providing personalized service for more than a decade by accepting only one event per day so that each client gets their full attention.
With more than 25 years and 8,000 events worth of experience, Elegant Affairs has become known for creating one-of-a-kind celebrations. Sisters Shobha Rao, Sharda Shenoy and Suman Pai excel in providing a high level of service as well as innovative design for discerning individuals, nonprofit organizations and corporate clients as varied as Goya, United Airlines and HSBC. The team provides color guidance, consciously allocates budgets and creates room layouts that make events flow seamlessly. They play host to a large inventory of custom props, imported fabrics and furniture and set pieces to outfit events in style.
Founder and Creative Director of Ovando Design and Production, Sandra de Ovando was born in Mexico City to Spanish and Russian parents; her multicultural background coupled with extensive travel has given her firm a unique design aesthetic that’s flexible enough to be contemporary or rustic, chic or whimsical. In addition to providing event production services for high-end clientele, Ovando has two boutiques — in New York’s West Village and the Upper East Side — as well as a luxury candle collection called Recuerdos de Mexico (Memories of Mexico).
Lewis Miller Design
The Lewis Miller Design studio creates event after event of exquisite beauty. Operating on the principle that flowers make the celebration, they collaborate with their clients to conjure spaces warm and ethereal, awe-inspiring and memorable. In addition to their event work, they’ve also set about beautifying New York’s streets with floral installations in places as unlikely as trash cans and bus stops. Miller calls these efforts “flower flashes” (like a flash mob but with blooms) and Vogue magazine has deemed him the “flower bandit” for his stealth activities.
Poppies & Posies
Offering beauty with a playful edge, the Poppies and Posies team of professionals create intricate, site-specific, large-scale installations that transform spaces. Drawing inspiration from the palettes of blooms, these artists focus on florals to bring enthusiastic attention to detail to every project. Expect inventive uses of flowers in interesting combinations that create dreamy, ethereal roomscapes highlighting nature. In addition to event design, Poppies and Posies offers botanical styling for commercial and editorial photo shoots.
Since 1980, Preston Bailey has been bringing theatrical flair to floral design, creating environments that surprise and delight his high-end clients. With a focus on bringing nature inside and a commitment to risk-taking, his team has created stunners like a floral dance floor (thousands of blooms under plexiglass) and “flying” carpets of water, flowers and light drifting overhead. Bailey is a generous with his knowledge, teaching PB Protégé master classes for event professionals and dishing about mistakes and offering advice humor and inspiration on the PBTV section of his website.
Raúl Àvila Inc.
Raúl Àvila has been a fixture on the event design scene since he opened the doors to his decor and production company in 2005. For almost as long, he’s been the decor designer of choice for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Costume Institute Gala, where he’s tasked with conceiving a dramatic floral installation for the Grand Hall each year (in addition to every other decor detail for the event). Imagine a towering bamboo forest staircase or an 18-foot tall birdcage with live peacocks — each year is a new unique vision. While he thinks on a grand scale, Àvila is adept at events of all sizes. His clients include Cartier and Condé Nast as well as fashion luminaries Anna Wintour and Oscar de la Renta.
PartySlate is the place where leading event professionals share their work with the world. Find new ideas by viewing and saving hundreds of thousands of beautiful event photos from weddings to birthday parties, corporate events to galas. Easily connect with the best local event professionals and find stunning venues. Sign up now »