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Trending Stage Designs

Stage Design Trends

An event stage isn’t just a presenter’s platform, it’s the central point of the event’s theme, aesthetic, and overall mood. Since it’s the focal point for most of the event, it’s important that your stage embodies these qualities.

No matter how small, contemporary, or budget-friendly your event planning may be, consider incorporating new stage design ideas into your event planning. Adding cardstock cutouts, rustic décor, or led tape are great ways to enhance your event space.

Whether you’re in the beginning stages of choosing a venue, scoping the best keynote speakers, or finding the perfect location for your event, working with your production team to conceptualize stage design should be on the top of your meeting planner to-do list.  

So, to help you in your search for the perfect event set, here are a few trending stage design set concepts to consider for your next event:

Piece Heavy Sets

From custom-built fixtures, piece heavy sets are designed specifically for events that are seeking a one-of-a-kind look with a three-dimensional feel.

Building piece heavy stage design sets not only work to inspire your speaker’s audience and set the mood, but by incorporating such a set and stage, your event is sure to make an impression and grasp the attention of many. Sure to create a memorable experience, piece heavy sets tie together scenic designs and impressive workmanship to elevate the feel of your event from standard to exceptional. These large, elaborate scenes enhance aesthetic distance and command a feeling of grandeur from your production.

Leading Authorities’ Inspire event featured a ton of different keynote speakers and entertainment acts, so it was our job to create an elegant, yet not overpowering, backdrop for the different speakers.

LAI Inspire 2018

One key factor we consider, during all phases of the set design process, is the event attendee experience. While working on Aerospace Industries Association’s 100 Year Anniversary event, we were tasked with transforming an expansive venue into an intimate celebratory experience. In the spirit of aerospace, we used 80’ dramatic banners lit with space ambiance projected images, in order to create an aura of aerospace.

AIA Stage Design

Talk Show Sets

Talk show sets are the perfect ensemble for creating a warm and inviting stage set, plus they allow flexibility in programming format from day to evening events.

What plays a crucial role in mastering the perfect talk show set? Mimicking the natural lighting we are exposed to in our day-to-day lives. Not only does this create a welcoming atmosphere to enhance comfort and broaden discussion, but having such a set and stage increases the harmony of the space when elegantly combined with other details. Not to mention, natural lighting assists in making your space appear larger, illuminate other interior design elements, and amplify the way your audience perceives the architecture of the set as a whole.

When CropLife America reached out to LAI Live to help bring their 1970’s talk show vision to life, we knew exactly where to take it. For this set, we utilized vintage plush couches, coordinating end tables, throw pillows, and a desk. To further propel the set into the 70’s era, we added detailed props like a VHS tape, long emcee microphone, and a cue card person with an ‘applause’ sign. These timely details were keys to mastering the aesthetic of the night.

Talk show sets

Tech-Filled Stages

Stages that incorporate multiple digital screens are specifically designed to hold the attention of a large audience. When choosing to make an investment with a tech-driven stage, be sure to take into consideration the design & build of the creative content that will be needed to bring these elements to life.  Whether it’s an opening video designed to stretch end-to-end across the entire stage or your sponsor recognition loop formatted for an unusual screen shape, custom graphics combined with technology will make any set idea possible. For IFA’s 2019 Convention, our main goal was to ‘wow’ attendees. We used 70’ x 15’ convex center screens, joined together with two large outboard screens to create an easy-to-view surface from anywhere in the room, eliminating the need for delay screens. We combined these elements with speaker presentations and music, in order to ensure smooth transitions and intriguing visuals.

The benefits of incorporating our tech-filled stage at IFA’s 2019 convention were numerous. The creative stage design involving multiple screens was an attention-grabber that was hard to miss and ultimately brought additional eyes to need-to-know information and sponsor recognition. Our goal was to wow attendees as they entered the space and immerse the audience in the programming. Not only did the technology we included boost stage presence, but when combined with music and smooth execution, it created the largest impact on the listeners. After all, if you’re going to fill the room with screens, you should fill the screens with content!

IFA Convention 2019

Virtual and Hybrid Stages

Even in a virtual or hybrid setting, it's important to decide what your stage event design will look like. It is important to keep the event scenography in line with your event's design and theme, whether it be serious, professional, or more fun and awards ceremony-like. From custom backgrounds to branded graphics, LAI Live can help set the stage of any virtual and hybrid setting.

The goal of creative stage design is to maintain event branding for your company. By having a stage that sets the tone for your event, whether fully virtual or hybrid, it’s important to keep your online attendees engaged. That’s why we offer visually stimulating presentation assets and event graphics to create a more polished, professional look. The benefits of virtual stage design are numerous: they add a new immersive layer of experience to your event, provide opportunities for sponsor recognition and branding, and allow for an intuitive and user-friendly solution to hybrid venues.

ASAE scenicsALA 2020 graphics

The Benefits of Choosing LAI

Whether you’re looking to host a virtual or live event, LAI is your one-stop-shop on all things event planning. We specialize in formulating creative stages for events in every format. Additionally, LAI offers our clients full-service event strategy and design, production management, audio-visual event technology, and virtual and hybrid event planning solutions, along with video, graphics, and animation while providing you with content and curriculum through our wide speaker base. Our event design services are attendee-focused, innovative, and experience-driven, divided into three phases to ensure the best outcome for you and your event:

  1. Event design
  2. Pre-Production
  3. Execution.

It is our job to handle all things event production, and with the LAI Live team by your side from design concepting to event close, you’re guaranteed an impactful event carried out as planned!


Hopefully this helps you filter your list of stage design options for your upcoming event. If you have questions or want more information about how we can help make your next event a success, we would love to speak with you!

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