Set the Mood with These Exposed Bulb Lighting Designs

Lighting can make or break the vibe of your event. When was the last time you attended a killer party under fluorescent lights? Exactly. "Few things can affect the atmosphere of a venue as profoundly as lighting," says SOG Productions.  

Planning an event in a raw space like the Green Building gives you the ultimate creative freedom -- with a little strategic lighting design, you can highlight architectural details you want your guests to focus on, like the texture of the exposed brick walls or the height of the ceilings. You can also use lighting to make the large room feel more cozy by focusing on prime areas of the reception, like the bar, dinner tables, or the dance floor. 

Make sure your lights are installed on dimmers so you can control the mood as the night goes on. This is particularly important around the dance floor, so guests feel comfortable busting a move. And don't forget to light important decor elements that you spent hours crafting, like your guest book or family photo display. 

Keep reading for some of our favorite lighting designs at the Green Building, including a few we offer in-house! 

 
 
 Photo by Tory Williams

Photo by Tory Williams

Light Curtain

Not much beats something simple that makes a statement. The light curtain extends from the ceiling to the floor to create a dreamy backdrop for any occasion while casting a soft glow that is sure to get everyone on the dance floor. 

Available as an in-house rental. Ask your coordinator for details. 

 
 Photo by Quyn Duong

Photo by Quyn Duong

Light Drape

Think of the light drape as the light curtain's sassy sister. The light drape is our newest design sure to bring the extra oomph and will pull focus right to where you want it. Use it to highlight the bar or give the DJ a cool space to jam. 

Available as an in-house rental. Ask your coordinator for details. 

 
 Photo by JBM Photography

Photo by JBM Photography

Ceiling Bistro Lights

So you've noticed we love the look of exposed bulb lights. We really don't think you can go wrong any way you use them! String them from wall to wall illuminating the wood beam ceiling to truly immerse your guests in the quintessential chic warehouse vibe. 

 
 Photo by Quyn Duong

Photo by Quyn Duong

Chandelier Lights

The team at Stortz Lighting designed a custom lighting installation inspired by the structure of the Green Building. We love the way the string lights mimic the chandeliers. 

 
 Photo courtesy of Universal Light & Sound

Photo courtesy of Universal Light & Sound

Pendant Lights

Universal Light & Sound's iconic hanging pendant lights have taken the Brooklyn wedding world by storm. The varying lengths of each cord create the ultimate starry sky effect. Dance the night away under the glow of these beauties. 

 

Broken Box Mime Theater

ABOVE BELOW was a special two-night event presented by Gowanus Art & Production and Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) at the Green Building in 2015.  BKBX is a collaborative performance group that tells original stories through mime technique, without the use of props, sets, costumes or words.  Each evening the audience was taken on an epic journey inspired by place and perspective, via a collection of original short plays told entirely through movement and music. ABOVE BELOW woke up the adventurer, the romantic, the cynic, and the dreamer in all of us.

Photos by Chellise Michael

Jagermeister + 2Chainz

On a chilly night in November, FADER and Jagermeister invited hundreds of people to a celebratory evening at the Green Building to announce their new partnership “Unlocking the Craft.”  As part of the program, Jagermeister enlisted Atlanta hip-hop artist 2Chainz to create an original cocktail; the drink, ceremoniously dubbed “Dirty Amber,” was unveiled during a poppin' performance by the man himself.  FADER and Jagermeister converted the Green Building into an intimate concert venue, with Jager ambassadors mixing the “Dirty Amber“, a spice station for attendees to experience Jagermeister’s ingredients themselves, and iPads placed throughout the venue so guests could get a sneak peek of the documentary 2Chainz made at the Jagermeister factory.

Free People

In February 2015 Free People transformed the Green Building into a cozy, intimate sanctuary for an evening of candlelit yoga to celebrate the launch of their FP Movement line. Led by teacher Talia Sutra with a soundtrack curated by DJ Suga Shay, yogis of all levels came together for a magical night of movement and good vibes under the glow of our chandeliers.   Post-yoga, guests fueled up on healthy eats from Sweetgreen, and were sent off into the chilly night feeling inspired and refreshed.  

Steven Meisel + Vogue Italia Editorial Shoot

Before Swan Dive became your favorite outdoor summer bar, it was just an empty parking lot behind the Green Building. But famed Vogue photographer Steven Meisel saw it as a blank slate for something else entirely: a haven for wanderers, a bohemian love fest.  One of our favorite shoots of all time landed on Vogue Italia's cover for the December 2014 issue. 

Check out the full spread below, and see if you can spot hints of the Green Building (spoiler: brick). Watch the video at Vogue Italia.