“I didn’t know that the Blanton was available for private events!”

This is something we frequently hear from guests and something we hope to change. The Blanton has several beautiful spaces that are available for private functions, and a favorite among them is our Rapoport Atrium. Well-loved by brides and event planners, the atrium features a gorgeous site-specific installation by artist Teresita Fernandez, Stacked Waters. This artwork, comprised of thousands of custom acrylic blue tiles, served as a focal point and source of inspiration for our 2014 Design Inspiration Event.

On Tuesday, January 14, more than 100 guests attended the event to experience the space firsthand and to see the work of talented event designers, caterers and other event professionals from across Austin. We hand picked three floral designers and one event design company to showcase their work in a friendly competition. Using the 2014 Pantone® Color Report —which forecasts color trends each year — as a touchpoint, designers selected palettes that would work to complement the Fernandez installation in the atrium.

Here are some of the gorgeous details from their designs, captured by photographer Lisa Hause of Waterloo Studios:

Michael Akila's design

Michael Akila incorporated Freesia, Cayanne and Celosia Orange in his breathtaking design, shown here in the foreground with Paul Villinski’s Passage in the background.

Strong Event's design

Stong Event’s designer Kristen Plymale kept it clean and simple. She showcased her company’s banquette seating with Cayenne and Freesia pillows and community tables with custom Violet Tulip colored decals and Placid Blue carpet.

Flora Fetish design

Radiant Orchid and Violet Tulip with gold accents were the elegant colors of choice for Carrie Beamer of Flora Fetish.

Colby Neil's design

The subtle Paloma grey in the linen played beautifully with the Radiant Orchid in Coby Neal’s sophisticated design for The Flower Studio.

The winner of the 2014 Design Inspiration Contest, selected by Blanton Facebook followers, was Coby Neal of the Flower Studio with 41 likes! Coby will receive Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color by Keith Recker. Thank you to everyone that voted!

Special Thanks to all of our fabulous event sponsors:

Atomic Picnic
Crave Catering
The Cupcake Bar
DJ Señor Amor
Flora Fetish
Floral Renaissance
The Flower Studio
Marquee Event Group
Strong Events
Lisa Hause of Waterloo Studios

More event photos are posted our Flicker page.

To book your next event at The Blanton Museum contact Stacey Hoyt, Special Event Manager at 512-475-6516 or email events@blantonmuseum.org.

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