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We're excited to share the latest BLT news with you and your friends.

Event News

BLT hit the ground running this past Market, when we teamed up with Bureau Betak to bring one of Target's latest television commercials to life. Our shop built all of the scenery, complete with automation in the form of people movers and turntables, that highlighted the choreography of the dancers and models. The commercial has since hit the national airwaves and is a huge hit.

Colin Duffus, Production Mgr., Target: Work in Progress

Our senior production director, Tom Williams, once again headed up our team at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Bernhard Link Theatrical was once again the exclusive provider of scenic elements for the Theatre venue in the Tent Complex for IMG Fashion. A new addition to this year's exciting events at the Tent was the 10th Annual Style Awards. BLT was delighted to provide services for such an exciting evening of awards in its new home. Talent behind the world's most exciting film and TV fashions came together at the 2013 Style Awards to celebrate and recognize the artistic accomplishments of the industry's top costume designers, stylists, models, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and more.

Bernhard Link Theatrical's lighting team was very busy this past Fashion Week and they have not stopped since. Some of the events that we provided lighting for were MM6, Victoria Beckham, both Diesel and Haddad at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, Tommy Hilfiger Men's and Women's collections at Pier 94, Opening Ceremony, Philosophy, Theory Theyskens, Tory Burch and Sass & Bide. We wrapped up our busy season with the "Giorgio Armani: One Night Only" party, at Pier 57. A huge success!

Dinner at Tiffany & Co.

Most Recently

We recently finished up an elite guest dinner at the Tiffany flagship store. Again, BLT provided everything needed for an exciting and successful event all inclusive of sound, scenery and lighting design, which was done by our talented in-house LD, Sebastian Adamo. Gladys Knight rocked the room, at the star-studded event.

Our team received some great feedback from 2(X)IST, for whom we provided the scenery and lighting for their cocktail party, catwalk and after-party:

"Dear All,

WOW! Last night was absolutely amazing and we couldn't have produced such a high energy, flawlessly executed show without each and every one of you! 2(X)IST was beyond pleased with everything and mentioned that this was the best show they've ever had! Kudos to an amazing group of talent that helped make last night possible.  It was an honor to meet and work with each of you, and we look forward to working together again!

Very best,

Team 2(X)IST"

We are looking forward to partnering up with 2(X)IST again real soon!
BLT is rounding out the year with a team in Dallas, TX. We'll be sure to give you details of how it went in the New Year.

Company News

BLT recently purchased a precision hydraulic Metal Bender with auto repeat capabilities. We have now added bending capabilities for metal fabrication of all sorts. Remember us the next time you have a project with such needs.

Congratulations to our senior production electrician, Andrew Merriweather and his wife Kelsi, on the birth of their new baby boy Theodore Alexander Merriweather.

Thank you for a terrific year everyone! We wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Holiday Season and New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2014 and beyond.

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Diane Von Furstenberg SS2013

Event News

September brings Spring Fashion with Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week! BLT was once again the exclusive provider of scenic elements for the Theatre venue in the Tent Complex at Lincoln Center for IMG Fashion.

One particular stand out this season was J. Mendel's string sculpture set. The challenge here was to find string that would keep consistent tension across the application. We achieved this through the used of 1/8" bungee cord. The collective 30,000 linear feet of bengee placed in a grid pattern at 1 inch intervals placed an impressive 4,000 pounds of force on the grid structure. The result was spectacular.

Diane Von Furstenberg's set was created to feature her logo. Various sized mirror plexi lips hung from the grid making their way down the runway, up against the upstage wall, and were inlaid into the bright white carpet. The idea (and challenge) here was to create a slight bit of movement without it being distracting. We achieved this through proper positioning of air  handling exhausts throughout the space. This gave off gentle, soft movement for an enchanting effect.

Lastly we teamed up with our friends over at Themendous to create a striking 14' tall x 12' wide, free standing abstract foam sculpture for Carolina Herrera's Spring line up.

Highlights around other venues included Reed Krakoff produced by KCD at Skylight West. For the first time, BLT was asked to construct and install a concrete runway--laying perfectly matched pavers to create a cobblestone looking effect.  Lighting design projects included Tommy Hilfiger Mens and Womens, Diesel, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Our Fashion season came to a close working with Dizon, Inc.  to yet again create the Proenza Schouler show.  In order to keep with their raw chic theme, we transformed the gutted 5 Beekman Street and created a runway that mazed in and out throughout the historical landmark, making for a very unique fashion experience.

Spring Bridal Shows 2013
Our busy bridal season involved building a traditional, three-wall set with a runway, lighting, sound, and production consultation for Matthew Christopher, Maggie Sottero, Ian Stuart, Eve of Milady, Yumi Katsura and The Knot & Wedding Channel Couture shows over at the Americas Hall I at the NY Hilton. Other shows included Austin Scarlett at the Park Avenue Armory, and once again we continued our partnership with Kleinfeld's bringing the finest new collections by Dennis Basso, Pninia Tornai and Mark Zunino collections to life.
Parsons at Pier 60
Louis Vuitton
Most Recently

Following this years Fall bridal season, the BLT lighting team has been working on a range of custom, temporary lighting systems. These solve the fundamental dilemma of creating a detailed design that invents atmosphere and highlights a specific product, while integrating a system into a space which does not distract from the product or event itself. Most recently we worked with Louis Vuitton designing a completely custom lighting system for a temporary display room in early November. Reconstructing the entire sixth floor of their corporate headquarters, the Louis Vuitton creative team created a series of stunning product displays. Our design team worked with them to incorporate a track lighting system to highlight their display spaces without large intrusive structures, creating a detailed and finished look.

We also just wrapped up a custom build and install for Tiffany and Company's flagship store on Fifth Avenue. We turned a monolith wall into a beautiful fireplace surround, complete with intricate molding detail which helped to complete the store's festive, holiday display.

Company News

Around Our Facility
Fred Gerstel has made the move from Production Manager to the Supervisor of our in-house scenic shop and warehouse team. Fred wore this hat years back for us, and is happy to be back on that side of things here.

New Staff
We have two new Project Managers joining our team.

Nick Warren-Gray comes to us after freelancing with BLT for nearly nine years. During that time he has participated with installations, as well as fabrications at our shop. Nick's background includes lighting, carpentry, rigging and technical direction in theater. Forays into the world of events include coporoate meetings and presentations, press events, award shows and festivals large and small.

Bill Chesser started in the scenery business in 1998 as a scenic artist. After working in several shops throughout upstate New York, he became a custom home fabricator/carpenter in 2004. Thereafter, he built movie sets for many renowned films over the past six years.

Happy Holidays
Thankfully we here at Bernhard Link have recovered from Hurricane Sandy and we hope that you have as well. We wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Holiday Season and New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2013 and beyond.

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Event  News
Volkswagen Dinner @ MoMA
Volkswagen at MoMA

Happy Spring! All of us at Bernhard Link Theatrical had a very busy time wrapping up our last year. We finished off December working with Van Wyck & Van Wyck to unveil the annual Pirelli 2012 calendar. This year Pirelli decided to throw an elegant black tie dinner gala for its launch at the Park Avenue Armory. BLT provided the custom stage for renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli's surprise performance. We also headed down to Miami with Van Wyck where we installed an outdoor, star-studded event that marked the grand opening of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. 
Also kicking off our new year were projects for Macy's and Volkswagen. We were proud to fully produce the Macy*s (a sponsor of the American Heart Assoc.) Go Red For Women event dedicated to bringing awareness of heart disease to millions of women. For Volkswagen we built an elegant press event and cocktail reception at MoMA, that we converted into a banquet dinner in under ten minutes. Each custom made dinner table used was designed to be uplit from the inside to illuminate plexi tops. Our lighting in the adjacent outside garden further enhanced the atmosphere for exclusive guests.

Fall Fashion 2012
BLT Crew Led by our Senior Production Mgr. Tom Williams
During February's New York Fashion Week BLT was once again the exclusive provider of scenic elements for the Theatre venue in the Tent Complex at Lincoln Center for IMG Fashion. A big thanks to our hard working crew, who worked tirelessly around the clock, bringing to life the tent venue that always provides fantastic diverse sets and runways.
We were very busy with Fashion in many other venues throughout the city as well. Teaming up with 373-NY, we built the scenery for Scott Sternberg's Band of Outsider's line. The theme of this show suggested the American Southwest, for which we constructed a three-dimensional, carved foam rock formation that we carefully hand-painted. Across town at the Park Avenue Armory, we joined forces with lighting designer, Jan Kroeze, to launch Tommy Hilfiger's collection. Over at St. John's Studios we worked in conjunction with Bureau Betak for the Helmut Lang and Derek Lam shows. For this venture we designed and built a fabric covered light box, which was suspended over the stage and used as the focal point for their show. Our lighting design for the Philosophy show at Avery Fisher Hall was a featured article in the Journal of Japan Association of Lighting Engineers & Designers, written by Yuke Nakase. We wrapped up a very busy Fashion Week with Proenza Schouler at the Kamco Warehouse, building a show that heavily relied on our featured NIVOflex flexible platform system. This transformed the warehouse into the producer's vision of an industrial chic space for the cutting-edge collection to be launched. 

Parsons at Pier 60
Parsons Graduation Gala
Most Recently

We just finished up another busy Bridal Fashion season. Once again we teamed up with The Knot & WeddingChannel to launch their luxury bridal fashion experience at the Intercontinental Hotel. Additionally, we were at Kleinfeld's where we provided all staging, lighting and sound for collections presented by Dennis Basso, Mark Zunino, Henry Roth, and Isaac Mizrahi. Aside from our fashion projects last month, our in-house lighting designers worked with British producer, NP+Co at Cedar Lake to present Bombay Sapphire's House of Imagination. And just this past week we once again provided the scenery, lights and audio components for Parson's Graduation Gala at Pier 60, where we also installed the International Center of Photography's annual exhibit at Pier 60 the very next day.

Company News

Joining our in-house scenic shop and warehouse team is Manuel Martinez. Manny has been a freelancer with our company for many years before joining our team full time.  He brings years of experience as a seasoned carpenter, welder and craftsman. We are thrilled that he is now on-board with us.

We have been working to further enhance our studio space and showroom. We designed and built a custom lighting and sound control workstation. Given the great diversity of each of our pursuits, we strive to provide the most effective means to achieve our clients' desired product. Our Design and Production Teams have the ability and experience to complete any and all aspects of a project from concept to completion. Our in-house scenery shop and warehouse, incorporates full scenic fabrication capabilities, rough and finished carpentry, welding and metalworking, vinyl logo cutting, full graphics integration, custom CNC millwork and custom artistic finishing.

We look forward to working with you again soon. 

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Event News

We have been very busy here at Bernhard Link Theatrical since our last newsletter, coming off of the heels of yet another amazing and eventful Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We were thrilled to see the triumphant return of Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion: New York, at the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. It was a pleasure working with the Gen Art design team. Together we created a lighting look that complimented the innovative styles that were presented. More exciting shows going on at multiple venues throughout the city included Jason Wu, Proenza Schuler, Altuzarra, Akris at Saks Fifth Avenue, Concept Korea, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Rodarte, and Helmut Lang among others.

This season BLT continued to team up with some of the industry's most established fashion houses, as well as cutting-edge designers, revealing their newest lines for Spring 2012. We continue to be the provider of scenic elements for the Theatre venue in the tent complex at Lincoln Center for IMG Fashion. Scenic ventures and applications that stood out included: Tommy Hilfiger's herringbone floor and custom decorative wooden oak arch; Lacostes' white-on-white fabric covered runway and matching benches; Michel Kors' reed fencing drop with sunrise backlighting and burlap flooring, which made for a very green/natural look; and Chado Ralph Rucci's bright white floor and upstage mirror wall producing an almost ethereal light experience. Others included Diane Von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, Monique Lhuillier, BCBG Max Azria, Anna Sui, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, and once again the season finale of Project Runway!
Lacoste Spring 2012
Michael Kors Spring 2012
This year's Fashion's Night Out (FNO) included teaming up with Van Wyck & Van Wyck to produce two fashion shows at the Ann Taylor flagship store. This amazing event included a special live performance by Natasha Bedingfield and live DJ. Over at Macy's Herald Square Tommy Hilfiger kicked off his celebrations with a live performance by Joss Stone. Scenic, sound, and lighting were all produced and designed in-house by BLT, in conjunction with Macy's design team. This made for a very exciting evening all around.

As always, the month of October brings with it Bridal Fashion. Numerous events, ranging from the massive Wedding Channel Couture Show at the Intercontinental Hotel, to stand alone events at in individual designer showrooms, kept us busy during the Bridal Season.

Following the Ready-to-Wear and Bridal Fashion seasons, our production managers were very busy delivering results to clients from initial concept through completion. Recent projects include working with Tiffany & Co. to create the setting for the "New Collection," at their store on Fifth Avenue. This involved turning the fifth floor meeting room into four separate spaces, each with its own motif and well crafted atmosphere. Each included its own custom crafted floor, including dark parquet wood and faux concrete tile finishes.

In November we lit the star-studded MoMA Film Benefit: A Tribute to Pedro Almodovar with Jan Kroeze and KCD for Chanel. At the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party (The Dream Hotel) our lighting team took an innovative approach utilizing the unique features of the hotel. We focused our lighting so that it projected 360 degrees around and into the overhead, glass bottom pool. The result was a ceiling of filtered, natural moving light which created a glistening wash that filled the cocktail reception with an interesting underwater effect.

Victoria's Secret After Party
BLT most recently joined forces with Taylor Creative, Inc. for two Lands' End shows. The first, "Canvas," was a party premiering their Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Highline Stages. We lit the entire space that encompassed styled mannequin sets, a stage for the band, step and repeat wall, photo booth, ping-pong competitions, and a wall on which guests were encouraged to paint and fill the canvas themselves. The second event at Center 548, also showcased their new season and was also a huge success. Other notable projects include a shopping event for Lucky Magazine, The Limited's Design Studio Presentation, the Carlisle Look Book Shoot, and A Night of Stars and Fashion presented by Fashion Group International.

Facility News

A few months ago we were presented with the opportunity to purchase a significant amount of lighting gear from a closing theater on West 55th Street. The addition of instruments and other gear to our inventory will further increase our in-house capabilities to better service our clients' needs.

Company News


Sebastian Adamo, Lighting Designer
Joining Gordon Link, Andrew Merriweather, and Diana Kesselschmidt in the Lighting Department is Sebastian Adamo. With over ten years of experience, Mr. Adamo has designed lighting for a wide range of projects including theatre, music, dance, corporate, architecture, interactive media, and industrial design. Other projects Seb has been involved with: The Little Orchestra Society's Peter and The Wolf (Lincoln Center), The Marshal Tucker Band, The Robert Cray Band, and he has just returned from a successful international tour working for the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

Happy New Year
We here at Bernhard Link Theatrical wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Holiday Season and New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2012 and beyond.

Many thanks from the Bernhard Link Theatrical Team!

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Event News

Fashion Fall 2011  
We had another immensely successful Fashion Week.  The Theater has offered us numerous opportunities to improve our processes and protocols for handling multiple show venues. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and all of the off site Fashion Week shows, have also given us the chance to work with some very exotic materials and to find new uses for standard materials and techniques.

As Designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste and Michael Kors, become more aware of the possiblilities, we are constantly being challenged by designers to find new materials to use in conventional and unconventional ways, in order to provide the aesthetic demanded by the industry.  Our new shop has allowed us to be more responsive to the ever increasing demands of the Fashion Industry, as far as scenery and lighting are concerned and we look forward to learning and expanding, even more.

TomatTH IMG Fashion Fashion DVF Fashion

Volkswagen at MoMA
In May BLT built and lit 373 NY's event for Volkswagen, MoMA and MoMA PS1, an event promoting a new comprehensive partnership lasting several years.
MoMA VW      VW MoMA Press Conf
Company News

New Web Site
This month we have proudly launched the all new It is chock full of new and updated company, project and facility information; photo galleries; videos; links; green solutions and more. Please visit and "Like" us on Facebook or subscribe to our channel on Youtube.
New Staff
Joining Gordon Link and Andrew Merriweather in the Lighting Department this year we have two new BLT members.

Todd GardnerTodd Gardner, Lighting Designer
Todd Gardner (formerly of design one corporation) has over 25 years of experience lighting Theater, TV, Architecture, Fashion and Entertainment.  For the past three years, Todd has been acting as a lighting consultant for select New York City galleries, Fashion Showrooms, and Retail stores.  Some highlights of his design career include being a part of the architectural lighting design team for the rebuilding of the Jian Fu Palace Garden in the Forbidden City, Beijing;  Lighting Design for the Macau International Arts Festival;  designing fashion shows for Oscar de la Renta, Sean Jean, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino;  Lighting Design for The Nasdaq Marketsite Studios in Times Square and the American Stock Exchange.
Diana Kesselschmidt
Diana Kesselchmidt, Associate Lighting Designer, Draftsman & Renderer   
Diana Kesselschmidt (formerly of Scharff Weisberg) has over 15 years of experience lighting Theater, Dance Opera and Corporate Events. For the past several years Diana has been a Freelance Lighting Designer, 3D Draftsman&Renderer and Web Designer.

Also joining the BLT team:

Dawn O'Connor Dawn O'Connor, Assistant Business Manager 
Joining Business Manager Ruthie Burman, Dawn O'Connor brings 20 years of experience. Dawn is an Equity Stage manager.

Facility News

CNC RouterCNC Router                                
We have been very busy using our Thermwood CNC router with an oversized 6' X 12' bed. We can produce 3D items out of wood, plastic and metal.  The advanced computer aided routing capabilities have afforded us the opportunity to create pieces that otherwise would have been impossible.
Spray Booth
Spray Booth
In early 2011 we completed the installation of our 12’X12’X20’ spray booth.  It can accommodate large items for a fine quality, paint job with even coverage in a multiple finish types.
2011 has been moving very fast.  We hope things are going well for you and very much look forward to helping you on your next project.
Many thanks from the Bernhard Link Theatrical Staff.
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