Blueprint Studios, California
Event Supplier of the Year
Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design, fabrication, and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade, our team of designers, production craftsmen, and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting edge event decor, floral artistry, and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. Our expansive collection of event rental furnishings and accessories for lounge environments, corporate theatre, exhibits, and special events offers innovative solutions for specialized corporate branding. Our ability to integrate our massive inventory of event rentals with custom fabrication, graphic design and printing, and floral decor into our design packages allows us to create unique and complete trade show, meeting, networking, and social environments, offering added value and one-stop design.
Based in San Francisco, and with new offices in Los Angeles, Blueprint Studios has been a partner in some of the biggest and most successful corporate and social events in California this year, including the Opening Gala for LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal, and the San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala.
Event Showcase one
San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala
The San Francisco Ballet celebrated the company’s 80th season this year with its annual gala on January 24 at City Hall. This year’s theme was ‘Moving the Compass’. “The work of the San Francisco Ballet, its global reach, and the work the company brings back to the San Francisco community, inspired the idea for this year’s theme,” explained decor chair Leslie Ryder, who oversaw the event alongside gala chairwoman and Broadway producer Deborah Taylor.
Inspired by the company’s recent global tour schedule and its cultural diversity, the design team at Blueprint Studios reflected the worldly concept with a modern look. Starting with a reception in City Hall’s South Light Court and moving into the rotunda and North Light Court for dinner, the night’s 855 patrons discovered rooms decorated with vibrant colors, bold fabrics, and sculptural furnishings. A tasteful palette of colorful lights and compass points were projected on the walls, while tabletops with flowers and tall glass centerpieces went without linens, the better to show off their construction of reclaimed wood. Chandeliers that looked like large pink flowers hung from the rotunda’s dome, casting a beautiful soft glow.
Guests with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 each gathered for three black-tie dinners at City Hall and slightly more than 3,000 in all sat in the War Memorial Opera House for the opening night performance. The evening began at 5:00pm with a swanky cocktail hour which transitioned into three black-tie fundraising dinners – the Grand Benefactor, Benefactor, and Patron Dinners – all held in City Hall.
Following dinner, a sea of beautiful dresses and black ties stopped traffic to walk across Van Ness to the War Memorial Theatre for the Gala Performance. The SF Ballet opened the season with a diverse program, beginning with Tarantella, choreographed by George Balanchine. The program ended with Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, a crowd favorite of the night.
Following the Gala, guests returned to City Hall for the liveliest part of the evening – the after party. City Hall shined and pulsed with a vibrancy of energy. Global infused cuisine, decor, and a rich myriad of colors everywhere engaged all of the senses. The distinct sub-themes in each room translated into distinct parties in each room, all of which were threaded together with a common sense of celebration. While the reception area had a very subdued vibe, adjacent rooms took on very different character. Live music, DJs, and dancing – it seemed that everyone was letting loose and thoroughly enjoying the occasion. The biggest surprise of the evening came with precisely choreographed timing… British pop star Heath Hunter had prepared a flash-mob dance that broke out in the expansive rotunda and continued on into the North Light Court. Guests were seen leaving the event with smiles on their faces and a strut in their step. All in all, the night was a huge success for the SF Ballet.
Event Showcase two
Lucile Packard Foundation Gala
The Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, located on sixteen lushly wooded acres in Silicon Valley, was the idyllic setting for the 400-guest fundraising party for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health on April 19th, 2013. The theme for the Lucile Packard Foundation’s Biennial Dinner drew inspiration from both the nonprofit’s mission of improving the lives of children while the color scheme and aesthetic echoed the colors and designs of the organization’s emblem. Playful motifs based on children’s drawings were accented by spearmint green, white, magenta and other vibrant hues throughout the décor.
In keeping with the playful theme, the guest check-in resembled a staple of every kid’s summer, a lemonade stand. Atop the white pine consoles, grass-colored tin pots burst with fresh bouquets of crisp white hydrangeas, lemon yellow daffodils and pink gerber daisies.
After checking in at the reception, guests proceeded to the hotel’s lush lawn for an outdoor cocktail reception. The theme of this al-fresco culinary party highlighted fresh, floral sophistication in a luxe pastoral setting. Spring imagery and bright, modern furnishings and décor punctuated the springy carpet of grass underfoot. Custom-fabricated rectangular white banquettes accented with vividly patterned throw pillows and shaded by lemon yellow sun umbrellas invited guests to lounge facing outward, encouraging interaction and mingling. Just under the parasols, large white tin pots overflowed with sprays of pink orchids, white hydrangeas and yellow daffodils. The perimeter of the garden was adorned with fuchsia pink sculptures of rotating hearts atop bright daffodil-yellow columns – echoing the colors and patterns of the event’s invitations. High profile, conversation-friendly tables were lined with bright yellow runners. The rectangular tables were also adorned with rustic pine and glass jardinière filled with colorful, slender bouquets.
The vibrant color scheme was enhanced by the venue’s campestral surroundings; a verdant green valley. Guests enjoyed a spectacular sunset nestled amongst the densely forested Santa Cruz mountains.
Dinner was served in a clear top tented pavilion where guests were treated to the last few rays of the sunset. The walls of the marquis were lined with custom designed wallpaper festooned with whimsical, childlike swirls in vivid tones. Colorful columns masked the tent structure while Jonathan Adler wall sconces punctuated the space while spearmint green carpeting created a plush texture below.
Building-block style illuminated cubes glowed overhead with the initials of the charitable organization emblazoned on their surfaces. The custom chandeliers were arranged in playfully askew manner, evoking child’s play. Milky white dining tables were inlaid with graphics in the same pattern as the wallpaper and ringed with Louis 14 style chairs in white and alternating bright colors. Atop the tables, iron, heart-shaped sculptural elements suspended orchids and other delicate blooms. Details, such as table numbers in the shape of building blocks, and heart-shaped auction paddles carried the theme of the evening throughout the visuals.
After the dinner and auction, guests were ushered into the hotel’s grand ballroom for a lounge themed after party. Low profile white mid-century style loveseats and chairs surrounded small, sleek black folding tables. Custom-fabricated bars, soft candlelight and fresh, airy white bouquets added to the intimacy in the chic, modern setting. Highlights included tall, black candlelit shelf units, botanical wall motifs, sexy, dark pink lighting and illuminated patterns projected onto the floor.
Event Showcase three
Pebble Beach Corporate Executive Retreat
The Pebble Beach Corporate Executive Retreat on June 19th, 2013 was an interactive event engaging all of the senses and immersing 400 sophisticated guests in a multidimensional American Frontier town experience. The architectural structures were designed to evoke an authentic Wild West experience including a fully functional general store, saloon and sheriff’s office. Though the theme was rustic, it was executed with a high level of sophistication.
In the dining room, rectangular distressed surface tin tables spanned nearly the length of the interior, creating a communal atmosphere. Wooden vases resembling tree trunks and glass vessels overflowed with sprays of mums, wildflowers and fresh sprigs of leaves. Burlap accents and tin hurricane lamps added to the intimate country ambiance. A custom built wood-inlaid bar with a subtle chevron pattern anchored the far end of the room. Above the bar, a multi-tiered antler chandelier served as an illuminated centerpiece.
After dinner, the guests were ushered into an after-party. The interior of the main lounge was furnished with rustic, repurposed wood tables and stools, low profile dark leather couches, quilted leather club chairs and wine barrels adorned with fresh-cactus and summer wildflower blossoms of varied heights and hues. The supple luxury of the oversized couches was contrasted against the rough-hewn wood flooring. Hand-crafted poker tables invited guests to mingle and try their luck at Texas hold-em and other games reminiscent of vices endemic to the land of Jesse James.
Letters of recommendation
|Valerie Ulrich||Iron & Court||V.Sattui Winery