We recently spent an inspiring day visiting some of the fabulous studios taking part in Clerkenwell Design Week. This got us thinking about the impact of design on our surroundings and how achievable it is to create inspiring spaces, even temporarily.
We are often asked to design ways of masking walls and disguising venues for events, so we always find a creative way to tie this in with the event concept. Laser cut paper is a brilliantly versatile way of doing this for a variety of reasons. Our design team is constantly devising new ways to use paper to create different effects; we’ll share some of our favourites here from our archives, plus some examples from other designers that we love.
An ethereal window display, created by Cutture for Phillipa Lepley, layers upon layers of laser cut snowflakes…
Creating a three-dimensional effect with paper can craft an ‘other-wordly’ look, ideal for balls and weddings. It can disguise corners and magnify a theme, making the venue part of the event, rather than the event just part of the venue.
Paper flowers are an excellent and easy way to create statement areas, from full paper flower walls to flower ‘balls’, the possibilities are endless with paper flowers!
A magical winter scene for an event in aid of War Child, paper snowflakes never fail to impress with their details and shapes.
The great thing about designing with paper is that there’s no limit to colour choice. It’s possible to match any other decor, to blend in, or to create a statement area. We’re finding that shades of gold and grey are increasingly popular but white is often used to create a statement. Laser cut patterns look extremely effective on white; the clean lines and way that it makes intricate designs ‘pop’ out are undoubtedly why.
Paper pin wheels, accessorised with laser cut details to make them more 3 Dimensional, acrylic ‘button’s’ and floral details add a finishing touch makes them truly unique.
Paper Chuppah idea, made from simple ribbons of laser cut pattern, easily assembled into any shape.
We’re constantly in awe of the many artists who are using paper to create art installations.
This was an incredible installation for Red Valentino’s flagship store in Milan. Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were inspired by the dreaminess of fairy tales when they designed the new RED Valentino flagship store opened in Milan.
Of course we get the opportunity to do this in miniature on a daily basis. When you’re working with paper, the design process is two-fold. We work on the pattern itself and how colour and light will affect how that pattern presents. However we also need to consider the more practical side, incorporating the elements that will allow each component fit together and stand as it should. It needs to be robust enough to last, and this doesn’t just mean for the length of an event; our pieces are designed to be kept.
Many of our current favourite venues and art works are featuring geometrics; clean lines and simple shapes. This look is a great combination of classic design ideas, yet looks totally modern. Some things will never go out of fashion!
This is a great example of creating a table plan which is much like an installation to transform your venue as well, excellently styled by Lemon Box Studio, this is a fantastic idea for a statement piece at any event.
This look is proving popular with many clients, and our own designers who have created our new Geometric Collection of wedding stationery. Gemoetrics are great to design with as you can play with the clean lines and structural forms, we have opted for pastel colour ways as they seem to be a huge requirement from clients when teamed with geometry. You can even add metallics to customise this suite which would look fantastic..
We can’t wait to share 2 more installations we are working on in the Autumn of this year, with our background in spatial design it’s really fantastic that we can apply those skills again. If you are an event planner looking to create an impact with something completely unique, please do contact us to discuss paper installations for your events.
If you are an event planner looking to create an impact with something completely unique, please do contact us to discuss paper installations for your events, it really is possible!