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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.

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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.)

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.

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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.

19 03, 2019

Event Design Innovatively Uses Silver Satin Legs

By |March 19th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

It’s always very exciting to work with our super-artistic clients who are envisioning a stage or production design using our rental drapes and soft goods in unique and innovative ways. This helps them produce a completely one-of-a-kind, memorable look for their own special event that has never been seen before.  

Recently we were thrilled to hear from the talented Nathan Braniff and his exceptional team of event production staff at Cory’s Audio Visual, a family-owned Oklahoma-based AV company that strives to give their clients an outstanding experience time and time again. We love working with these impressive folks because they are ready to “think outside the box” when it comes to stage designs, and they consistently fabricate dazzling stage designs using curtains of various different styles and sizes. For this project, they needed to build a stage for the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma Executive Board Meeting that would be functional, but also had a little extra “panache.”

To help them achieve their design goals, we were delighted to provide them with a handful of our gorgeous 40’h Silver Satin Legs from our Silver Satin Rental Collection. They were able to swag these taller-than-average shirred drapes horizontally and then clamp them onto the truss bar directly—creating a truly distinctive background for the event’s special presenters and speakers. Adding some eye-catching and colorful theatrical lighting to these curtains, they were able to create a fresh, new motif for each individual portion of the meeting. Easy to hang, easy to ship, and utterly spectacular to light up, drapes from our luminous Silver Satin Collection are a surefire crowd-pleaser! Photographed beautifully by Jerry Hymer, you can see that, by simply changing the color of lighting being splashed onto these drapes, Nathan and his lighting designers were able to give this event’s staging an absolutely resplendent appearance.    

Let our experienced sales reps help provide you with the drapery elements you need to build the remarkable event or production design that you are envisioning, too—contact one of them today!