Clients, partners, and colleagues of CORT Events didn’t need their passports to spend an evening on the French Riviera. On July 11, CORT invited distinguished guests and event planners from across the country to enjoy “A Night in Cannes” at a VIP Event in New York City. Hosted at the Lotte New York Palace, just blocks away from Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Central Park, the entire second floor of the iconic hotel was transformed with a combination of inspiration, design know-how and expert execution.
Playing up the theme of “A Night in Cannes,” the event eluded to the luxe, tropical aesthetic of the French Riviera and featured some of the hottest industry trends of the moment. The venue’s old-world, European feel added a luxurious element to the event design to create bright, light and classically French ambiance. This VIP Event was perfectly executed by a team of industry professionals, showcasing the ways CORT Events helps planners create special events customized to each client.
Evan Carbotti, owner and designer at Perfect Surroundings, spoke to how CORT’s bespoke offerings allowed their design to deliver a truly elegant experience. Carbotti said, “This was the first time we were able to use all the customizable CORT furniture. The ability to brand your event really takes it to the next level. We were also able to use CORT drapes to create different spaces within the venue.” The design team also utilized boxwood hedges to create space and add visual interest, while the semi-private cabanas offered small spaces for breakout conversation and networking.
With approximately 200 guests in attendance, the Perfect Surroundings event team customized versatile pieces like the Marche ottomans to create clean, classic designs celebrating summer and the spirit of the Mediterranean. Attention to detail was paramount and guests were wowed by a mixture of marble and florals on the bars, Luna Columns, as well as custom-printed drapes.
The highlight of the evening was the Inspiration Challenge, where event planners showcased the amazing ways CORT Events furniture brought their client’s event inspiration to life. Fantastic prizes were given to the designers who showed the most creativity and best execution. SmartSource Rental was awarded third place, and Empire Entertainment took home second place. There was a tie for first place! Frank Alexander NYC and Johnson & Johnson both wowed the judges and won the grand prize. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who participated in the Inspiration Challenge.