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30 04, 2019

Aluminum Metal Mesh Drapes Help Build Dynamic Rock Tour Stage Design

By |April 30th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Our clients have quickly come to realize that Aluminum Metal Mesh drapes are a fantastic option for ALL kinds of stage designs, and that they add “electricity” to numerous types of occasions—and not JUST at rock concerts and tours anymore (but they are absolutely perfect suited for those, too).  Events ranging widely–from Barbershop Harmony and Christmas orchestral concerts, to school productions, corporate events, and video shoots–these striking theatrical curtains have something that will completely dazzle everyone who lays eyes on them.

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We were thrilled to work with gifted Tour Manager Eric Frankhouser and his amazing team of stage designers and producers for the Eels Tour last summer. He was looking for a material that would give a little edginess to the overall stage design, while still adhering to this ultra-cool American rock band’s overall eclectic vibe. They needed it to be easy to tour with, easy to hang, and—most importantly–easy to spectacularly light up. It was a no-brainer—they decided to use some Metal Mesh rental panels from our Industrial Textures Specialty Drapery Collection.

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This wonderfully textured substrate makes it easier to create distinctive looks throughout the same event, all while using the exact same drapery. Various colored theatrical lighting and gobo effects added incredible diversity, drama, and excitement to each individual look of the show. And the crunchy, wrinkled texture of these drapes make them ideal for touring, too—as you can literally just hang them up right out of the hamper, and they’re good to go!  

Eels, o2 Academy, Glasgow, 4th July 2018

The tour was ecstatic with the way that these drapes worked seamlessly with their shows’ indie-pop-alternative-pop-rock atmosphere. Their lighting team did a flawless job with interweaving various lighting schemes for every song, giving them each their own unique look and feel. You can view more gorgeous photos taken by some supremely talented photographers while out on tour, and see how the band’s brilliant design team was able to create a truly memorable background for this extraordinary group of musicians.  If you are able to check out this band in person, you really should–they are currently out on another international tour and it is definitely not one to miss. Feel free to contact one of our helpful sales reps to see if our selection of Metal Mesh rental drapes fit your upcoming event’s staging needs. If not, then we can also custom build you a Metal Mesh drape to work effortlessly with your next production’s exclusive size and style.

Eels - O2 Academy Brixton, London - 2nd July 2018

22 04, 2019

Complementary Mix of Rental Drapes Help To Fashion A Vibrant Motif

By |April 22nd, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

It always impresses us to see the unique and innovative ways our wonderfully creative clients utilize our rental theatrical stage drapes for their special events not just across the country, but particularly here locally in Southern California, too. With specialty curtains custom built right here in our LA sewing room, and always consisting of the highest quality IFR fabrics, Rent What’s Rental Specialty Drapery Collections carry a selection of colors, styles, and sizes to perfectly suite your own unique design needs. Recently, the exceedingly popular youth-culture television channel Freeform (previously known as ABC Family) had its second annual Freeform Summit here in Los Angeles at the renowned Goya Studios. This symposium, branded “A Stage For Everyone,” was a high-profile series of talks and meetings conceived to discuss its many network projects focusing on authentic storytelling, inclusion, and representation.

We were thrilled to work with the fabulous event production company for this event, Big Time Operators, and especially their owner and chief designer Joseph Jensen. He came to us looking for a mix of gorgeous—and eclectic–rental drapes that would work as both a beautiful backdrop for the conference’s main speakers, while also offering the flexibility to customize the looks for various panel discussions throughout the day. Choosing drapes from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection, they started by using our velvety, luxurious Grey Super-Vel Pleated Drapery Legs as center panels that could easily be tied onto the venue’s light grid at unique intervals and angles, giving a distinctive dimensionality to the center stage. Next they chose our magnificent Pewter Textura Pleated Drape Panels to help extend the silvery “vibe” along the length of the wall, thereby crafting an irresistibly textured and completely polished look for this prestigious event’s overall motif.

By simply adding some splashes of vibrant, colorful theatrical lighting onto this mix of curtains, they were able to construct a fresh, new look for every portion of the summit. As you can see, they did a fantastic job creating a memorable and energetic design with dazzling Rent What? rental drapes, spectacular lighting schemes, and a lively, youthful décor. Let us help you to fashion a one-of-a-kind look for your own upcoming special event, tour, production, or trade show with our extraordinary rental or custom-built stage drapes, too!

16 04, 2019

Simple Elegance Of Austrian Zip-Wall Drapes Work Impeccably For Tour

By |April 16th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

We have been so proud of the images and comments coming back to us lately from happy Rent What? clients who have used our striking rental drapes for their special events, concerts, and tours. Our theatrical curtains are all easy to hang, easy to ship, and are absolutely outstanding with reflecting colorful lighting–which can better help create unique and gorgeous one-of-a-kind looks for all kinds of stage designs.

November 20 - Jorja Smith + Ravyn Lenae @ Orpheum Theatre

Recently we were thrilled to work with the incredible Lighting Designer Tyler Trofatter, with Trofatter Productions. He needed some breathtaking, yet versatile, rental drapes that he and his lighting director Matthew Kemp could impeccably light up on a leg of Jorja Smith’s much-anticipated–and smash success–national tour.  Known for her charming–yet complexly vibrant–songs, they didn’t want to build a stage design that would be overly extravagant. Tyler and the exceptionally talented lighting team at HSL strived to have this up-and-coming young songstress’s enraptured audiences be able to fully hear and absorb the words and the music coming from the songs themselves, and not be distracted by a lot of “muss and fuss” onstage. But they still wanted to create a beautiful, picturesque background for this soulful and sultry powerhouse to sing in front of, too. 

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They would require rental drapes that could fit in various sized concert halls, but still needed something that they would look magnificent in and of themselves, too. Choosing 30’h x 16’w Cloud Satin Austrian Zip-Wall Curtains (from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection), they could zip together as many–or as few–as they needed to create the backdrop necessary for that particular stage’s dimensions. As you can see by these amazing photos (taken by some supremely gifted tour photographers), they did a truly sensational job with the show’s entire motif!

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The fantastic staging, the perfectly added décor, the dazzling RW drapes, the stunning theatrical lighting…they all lent to fashioning a genuinely spectacular tour design not soon forgotten by Smith’s excited audiences all over the country. Let our team of drapery experts help provide you with some of our exquisite rental OR custom-made theatrical curtains for your upcoming special event, concert, or production, too.

8 04, 2019

Colorful Digitally Printed Drapes Perfectly Compliment Tour’s Upbeat Atmosphere

By |April 8th, 2019|Clients, Digital Printing, Projects|1 Comment

We love when we get to help our clients create create a one-of-a-kind experience for the adoring fans of their band or artist, by building them custom-made theatrical drapes–which can then be enjoyed throughout the entire duration of their tour or production. A splash of vibrant color is often a very effective way to really grab the audience’s attention, and custom digitally-printed drapes and stage skirts are a fantastic method of adding an array of exciting colors to your own unique stage or event design.

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

This past summer our Senior Sales Representative Shane Nelsen was delighted to work again with the incomparable Production Manager Ettore Dedivitiis (“E.T.”) this past summer on Jason Mraz’s international “Good Vibes Tour” (which, due to its wild popularity, is still going strong and slated to continue through at least until this fall). ET wanted a versatile stage backdrop and a few complimentary, matching riser skirts for these lively, high-energy shows. He would need these drapes to work well on stages that were both large and small, and in venues that might be indoors or outdoors

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

With spot-on advice from Shane, ET decided to have us custom-build the tour some beautiful stage curtains out of our digitally-printed IFR Vinyl Mesh. This 25% blow-through (“wind transmission”) substrate is the perfect option when you are looking for a polyester coated material that will offer excellent color accuracy and high quality durability, and yet still be weather resistant. Tours love this direct-print digital substrate because it is lightweight, has low wind flow resistance, and yet still offers crisp image details and a truly brilliant color display. As you can see, these drapes were the perfect background for these cheerful, upbeat performers at both indoor concert halls and outdoor arenas.

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Check out our new Flickr Gallery to see a collection of exceptional photos of these distinctive and vivacious digitally printed stage drapes, taken by a couple very talented photographers across the country. We strive to provide our clients with memorable stage curtains for all of their special stage designs, and were thrilled with how eye-catching these drapes turned out. Contact a sales rep today and let us help you create a completely original look for your design, too. We highly recommend that you try and catch Jason Mraz’s Good Vibes Tour live in person this summer, too—it’s a fantastic, exhilarating show filled with Jason’s honeyed voice and an incredibly talented band of musicians and back-up singers. It’s an unforgettable, feel-good show that the entire family will enjoy!

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

2 04, 2019

Trixie (And Friends) Have A Brand New Sign

By |April 2nd, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Seems like our resident company squirrel Trixie is growing up more every single day. And with growing up, she has also become quite the demanding and tenacious (yet still completely adorable) individual! We have given in to the fact that we will be pretty much catering to all of her requests for a delicious morsel of nut, seed, fruit, or treat that she can get her tiny—yet efficient—little hands on. This daily (sometimes hourly or more) accommodation of fresh and delicious food has compelled Trixie to come to the main entrance of the company and make her desires known to any and all humans that she can make eye contact with. She does this by peering at us through the main large glass door right in front or through any and all windows that face the parking lot, letting us know that she is patiently waiting for her meal to be hand delivered to her… “anytime now!”

Everyone at SW? knows Trixie and her buddies (and competitor squirrel friends) Trudy, Stumpy, and Bobby, and so no one is surprised at all to see them traipsing around the entrance waiting for a new snack to come their way. But our visitors are sometimes taken aback by what they assume is a wild woodland creature walking right up to them, waiting for the person to share a tasty treat with them pronto. We are used to explaining who Trixie and her chums are, and how they came to be in our Whatter’s World… But we also thought it might be fun to make it a little more apparent to those who were curious about these cuties. SW President and Owner Megan Duckett has a huge soft spot for animals of all kinds, but she has an even bigger one for Trixie and “her crew” especially. (I mean, c’mon, could you resist this endearing sweetheart?)

So she decided it would be fun to create a sign in the front window facing both those entering and those leaving the building, showing everyone that it is completely normal for this cute and charming squirrel to be hanging around so close by. And as you can see by the photo, Trixie even allows a few fortunate individuals to hand feed her…and this sign shows that Trixie and her friends are all actually officially part of the SW Family now, too. So now when people come through our main front door, they are both intrigued and excited to see that this friendly squirrel is formally the head of our welcoming committee. And that she is also usually very happy to accept a small “bribe” from most of these delighted folks, too (in the form of tasty peanuts—always two at a time!).