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20 08, 2019

Magnificent Austrian Curtain Offers The Perfect Background For Charity Gala

By |August 20th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

When our clients come to us looking for a special occasion drape, we love being able to guide them directly to our Specialty Drapery Rental Collections so that they can choose from an extensive variety of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind drapes that can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. Giuliano Mingucci, the brilliant Director of Production at Vista Productions, came to us looking for a stunning backdrop that could be used at an enormously important, and high profile, corporate charity gala event for which that they were coordinating event production and design, The Mercy Health Foundation Charity Ball in Rogers, Arkansas.

Being a premier live event production company offering creative services, show technology, and video production in locales and venues all-across the globe, they needed to be sure that this drape matched the evening’s cultured, glamorous theme. They sought a stylish and alluring backdrop that would be versatile enough to use throughout the entire soiree—from the dinner and speeches to the awards and performances—and they chose one of our Ivory (Crushed) Satin Austrian drapes. “Exquisite,” “luxurious,” and “elegant” are all perfect adjectives for this extraordinary piece from our Delightably White rental drapery collection.

Our gorgeous operable Austrian curtain is the true embodiment of sophistication, and will help add drama and excitement to any type of distinctive occasion you can think of.  Made of IFR Crushed Satin, this striking fabric is a go-to favorite for designing exceptional occasions, productions, and tours alike. It has a magnificent glossy appearance to it, which helps reflect lighting superbly. And the fabric’s textured finish helps easily hide any wrinkles that may have occurred during transit, too. Not to mention that because it is inherently flame retardant, it is a much-loved fabric for venues and fire marshals alike. Giuliano and his team at Vista Productions did a tremendous job with this event’s radiant stage design, and we were thrilled that our drape was able to play a part in the gala’s overall fabulous look.

Either fully operational—or simply used as a backdrop—this resplendent 23’h x 40’w Crushed Ivory Satin Austrian drape is by far one of our most popular rental curtains. And from these truly spectacular photos taken by Philip Thomas with Novo Studio, you can see why! Impressive in both natural and stage lighting, this drape literally has it all….Class, style, and opulence. Contact one of our sales reps today to see which of our Specialty Rental Drapes might be the perfect fit for your upcoming special event or stage production, too.

22 05, 2019

Lighting Designers Masterfully Use Lower-Height Austrian Zip-Walls For Tour

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

We absolutely love it when our clients are able to use our gorgeous rental specialty drapes for all kinds of their special events and shows. Nothing is better than when we hear from the designers that our rental curtains worked out fabulously with their design vision. Earlier this spring we were thrilled to work with Will Succoso, the brilliant mastermind behind the exceptional Lighting Design by William Succoso. Working as the lighting and set designer for a mini-tour of the incredibly talented American band trio of singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalists, I’m With Her, Will wanted to “check several boxes” for these rental curtains….He needed rental drapes that would be travel-and-tour-friendly, lightweight, easy to hang, help reflect theatrical lighting beautifully, and still be within the band’s overall harmonious and bluesy vibe.

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He decided to use some of our charming and picturesque Silver Textura Austrian Zip-Wall drapes. These lovely curtains from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection take on numerous shades of colorful lighting so exquisitely, and add alluring drama and excitement to any sort of stage design. Used in everything from special events, orchestral performances, wedding receptions, and anywhere else you might have a lower-height venue that you still want to look spectacular. These 12’h x 10’w Austrian Zip-Walls can either be zipped together to create a stunning seamless backdrop, or can be used as independent legs to add texture and depth to existing staging. This durable, IFR fabric is semi-opaque but still amazingly lightweight, and plays with theatrical lighting superbly.

Copyright Brian Stowell

Offering this style and size of drape in both White and Silver Textura, we have something you can use for all types of events. You can see just how eye-catching the drapes looked on this tour with these wonderful photos by their gifted band photographer Brian Stowell. Will and his lighting team did such a remarkable job with this tour’s dynamic lighting scheme, and we were truly impressed with how striking their complete stage design turned out. We’d love to help you build the perfect stage design for your next special event or concert—contact one of our drapery specialists today for ideas, suggestions, and options of our rental drapes that you can utilize today!

(Check out more photos of the tour on our new Flickr gallery, showcasing some very gifted photographers from across the country.)

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.

11 03, 2019

Unique Orchestral Event Design Uses Imaginative Combination Of Rental Curtains

By |March 11th, 2019|Products, Projects|2 Comments

We love it when our clients “think outside the box” when it comes to designing their custom stages and productions using beautiful and eclectic drapes from our diverse rental drapery collections. Nothing pleases us more than when a client happily shares a story or an image with us from their recent successful event, showcasing some of our lovely rental curtains as part of their intricate and unique stage designs. This past winter we were thrilled to work with Lighting and Scenic Designer “extraordinaire” Justin “Jiggy” Dunlap, who worked with the team at the always remarkable Oregon Symphony Orchestra on their unforgettable 20th Anniversary Gospel Christmas Concert. This special occasion was being held at the impressive Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (affectionately known to locals as “the Schnitz”) in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon, and so Justin needed to create a magnificent design that would be memorable, festive, and adjustable enough to work within the many various sections of this wildly popular show. The venue’s larger-than-life stage demands nothing less than ultra-dramatic décor and lighting, so using some of our stunning rental drapes worked perfectly to do this. 

Starting by building a proscenium frame downstage with Austrian Zip-Walls from our Silver Satin Collection, he gave the stage a striking elegance that put everyone in the holiday spirit from the get-go. Justin used our 30’h x 16’w Silver Satin Austrian Zip-Wall drapery to outline the proscenium, and then innovatively used some of our 12’h x 10’w Silver Textura Austrian Zip-Wall drapes as a fabulous “border” along the top of the proscenium, to help give it all a very clean, coordinated look. He then enhanced the look with an edgier, extraordinary design upstage by framing the orchestra with a 4’h x 50’w border and 28’h x 10’w legs in Metal Mesh, from our Industrial Textures Collection.  Embellishing the stage with holiday decorations and gorgeous theatrical lighting and gobos, Justin was able to deliver a thoroughly joyful vibe to the enthralled audience. This combination of unique rental drapes helped give their stage a completely one-of-a-kind, fresh look for various parts of the concert. These different—yet complimentary—styles of drapery are both easy to hang, light up spectacularly, and never disappoint!

Gospel Christmas with the Oregon Symphony...waiting for it to start!

Rent What? was so excited to be a part of this outstanding production again this year, and we genuinely look forward to working with Justin again on his next breathtaking stage design. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our sales reps to see how we can help you create a fabulous look for your upcoming special events with dazzling curtains from our rental drapery collections, too.

(Check out the video to learn more about this exceptional orchestra and choir’s yearly gospel concert.)

11 02, 2019

Cloud Satin Austrian Zip-Walls Help Create A Dynamic Stage For Benefit Concert

By |February 11th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

We were recently very excited to get to work with one of our extraordinary local clients, the President and Chief Designer of Spark Creative Events, Lani Ballonoff. He needed to help set the stage for an exceptional fundraising event that they were designing for the “Kids Helping Kids Benefit Show” at the beautiful and historic Granada Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. They needed curtains that would have a spectacular larger-than-life appearance, but be versatile enough for them to fashion new and exciting looks throughout the course of the show. They specifically needed a unique backdrop that they could use during the engaging performance of the event’s live entertainment, the dynamic duo Johnnyswim.

The perfect solution was having Spark Creative use three of our gorgeous rental 30’h x 16’w IFR “Cloud” Satin Austrian Zip-Walls from our Silver Satin Drapery Collection. These drapes enabled their team to simply yet effectively create several sensational motifs that would showcase the benefit’s stage design beautifully. By lighting these curtains with a multitude of color schemes, the event’s impressive lighting designers were able to play around with different ambiances by simply mixing up the color palette and saturations.

These theatrical stage curtains gave the design a fresh and exciting look throughout the entire event. You can see how a little change of color can also effectively change the entire feel of a design, as these drapes reflect any light splashed on them remarkably well. What makes our Austrian Zip-Wall draperies so distinctive is that they allow you to literally build an entire wall length of this lavish draping by zipping them flawlessly together. They can either zip together to produce a stunning seamless backdrop, or be used as independent legs to add texture and depth to an existing event design.

This durable IFR fabric is opaque but still amazingly lightweight and plays with theatrical lighting superbly. These drapes will reflect whatever kind of dramatic theatrical lighting you use on them, helping make your event design even more amazing. We love being able to work with our incredible clients, like the artistic team at Spark Event Creative, by providing them with the theatrical curtains needed to create the exact vision that they are going for. Nothing makes us happier than helping offer our clients innovative design ideas to be used for extraordinarily important philanthropic charity events like this one!