Everyone likes lights, even when they go out. Neon lights are getting a lot of attention, and they’re popping up in unexpected places. From urban club lights to feminine spotlights, neon signage, apparently, is right on the money. Let’s check out the latest hits.
Neon and Corrugated Metals
As a décor choice, neon signage atop corrugated metals, apparently, is a big hit. The Medair New York gala—back in March—capitalized the look. Artists like Shepart Fairey, alongside other performers and artists, have fermented a modern urban vibe by revitalizing age-old neon looks.
Graphic white neon signage, too, is becoming popular. It’s a little high fashion, but it certainly works. Rodarte and Coach recently used graphic white neon to promote themselves, taking charge at Musso & Frank in Los Angeles. We feel straight-white neon signage works due to its simplicity, classiness and adaptability. Really, it’s one of the best graphical choices luxury brands can aim for.
Between the Paintings
Moving in an odd direction, event designer Tinsel & Twine outfitted New York’s IP Soft’s holiday party by surrounding neon signage with paintings. Sure, it might’ve been a masquerade ball event. That said, there’s something creepily in-tune with audience desires by combining suggestive neon lights between classic portraits, graffiti and eye-catching chandeliers.
At Classy Dinners
Speaking of classiness, pink neon has experienced a resurgence at event dinners. American Express and Girlboss have been running a tastemaker’s campaign with branded neon signs. Pink has always been a solid choice, but its sheer brightness has been a turnoff for many. Fortunately, inaugural dinners are seemingly immune to the radical design choice.
That’s right: cacti. The H&M Loves Coachella launch in Times Square featured neon cacti. The Atomics played, celebrating alongside 200 brand-lovers amidst a neon desert backdrop. Cacti might be a little unorthodox—display-wise—but if it works, who cares?
Classic cartoon signage, of course, has made a 2017 appearance. It’s always been a design choice, even if it’s fallen into obscurity in recent years. When Coach celebrated its 75th anniversary, however, the signage returned. Cartoonish neon works well when gritty, urban landscapes are advertised. Whether it’s a motel sign, a rocket ship or a Las Vegas star design, neon is a solid installation choice.
If your event wants an “emergency runway” look, or if it’s simply installing a sign collection to hit a modern market, you’re in luck. Today’s leading brands are already leading the way, and they’re pulling off difficult looks fantastically. Get creative, and light up your event’s night with this year’s leading trend.