Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spotlight on Bernhard Link Theatrical

Bernhard Link Theatrical is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry that you may just not be familiar with unless you are a true fashion insider. It is they who Donna, Oscar, Marc, Karl and the rest of the designer gang turn to for most of the spectacular lighting, struttable catwalks and edgy scenery we see each year at Bryant Park and soon Lincoln Center.

Founded in 1976 by Gordon Link and Van Bernhard, Bernhard Link is a full service production company providing Project Management, Design (Scenic, Lighting, and Sound), Pre-visualization, Fabrication and Installation. They are known for handling the highly individual demands of each project, whether it be runway, corporate, film or television and for realizing their clients' vision, from the extravagant to the simply elegant. Well, simply elegant was for us!

We weren't lighting a building...

or doing a window.....

or having a rock concert.....

but we DID want our Eleish van Breems table for the Red and White Ball benefiting the Greenwich Red Cross this May to look as glowing and fabulous as this model at a Proenza Shouler show Bernhard Link lit! Van is Edie's father and Gordon has been her honorary uncle forever, so when we caught up with the two partners on their company retreat, bone fishing in the Bahamas, we felt comfortable to ask them for a little lighting advice. Luckily for us, it was a windy day and Gordon had given up on the fish. Sketches on napkins ensued and we flew back from the Exuma's with instructions to meet up with Jason, BLT's model maker extraordinaire at their New Jersey headquarters and to give him our base for a floral temple centerpiece.

We were surprised that they would do such specific lighting for a small floral centerpiece because their production work seems so large scale but Jason explained that tabletop lighting design is actually another very important part of Bernhard Link's business for special events. They have a studio where the models and lighting are planned out.You can view our meeting with Gordon and Jason HERE (Watch to 1:50 for the essence and then beyond if so desired)

Here we are at the Red and White Ball getting set up.
Lighting changes throughout the evening from under the roof of the temple. Animals representing
the Four Friends are up lit from underneath glass pedestals.

We have felt the Bernhard Link difference! We are sorry not to have photos showing the lighting from when the house lights dimmed at the Event...but we can tell you this - having lighting that changed throughout the evening made our table not just romantic but gave it life and sparkle and definitely set us apart!

Along with the beautiful fabric, so generously donated by Fortuny, the lighting kept our table guests delighted.
Thank you Gordon, Jason and Van for all of your invaluable help and support! We love you guys! E. and R.

All photos courtesy of Bernhard Link Theatrical.


  1. Lights, color, fragrance, taste, taste, taste...
    I think this was the best in show.


  2. You girls! Is there anything you two can't do?!! I would never dare to invite you over for dinner. I just can't put things together as brilliantly as you do (whether it is decor, design, food, flowers and now also lighting)!

    Hugs to you both, Mon.

    P.S If you have a moment check in tomorrow - the chest came home blue after all!

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