The Modern Honolulu

Naughty But Nice

As 2015 and the holidays come to a close, we wanted to share a behind-the-scenes-look at our holiday installations for The Modern Honolulu Hotel. We're absolute fans of their brand and we were honored to once again design their spaces for guests and visitors to experience the holiday spirit in a not-so-traditional fashion.

This year, we were inspired by the classic holiday ornament and designed several installations throughout the hotel using this as our muse. Simple and timeless, the spherical ornament was the perfect piece to decorate their property in unique and unexpected ways.

As a nod to their brand, we also infused our own twist and recoined the theme of "naughty BUT nice" to incorporate the modern brand and bring the ornaments to life. 

A sleek color palette included metallic silver, white, and black, with accents of magenta to incorporate one of their brand colors. 


To greet guests to this year's holiday concept, we designed a vinyl window treatment in the shape of ornaments mounted on their reception windows. The silhouette of the vinyl ornaments provided a simple yet playful welcome for guests and visitors as they entered the property. 

Within the lobby, we then placed a 7' high tree covered in over 1700 black and magenta ornaments in a striped pattern. As an additional accent, several words that reflected the "naughty but nice" theme and the hotel's brand were turned into dimensional ornaments. Each word was laser cut and finished in a glossy white hue.


On the 2nd floor landing, we designed and mounted oversized vinyl ornaments to spell "naughty." In the spirit of the holidays, we curated four pedestals with various products that guests could purchase and experience, including items from Morimoto, Addiction Nightclub, their spa, and their gift shop.


For the main installation, we designed a striking focal wall adorned with (of course) more ornaments. Spanning 21.5 feet, hooks were individually mounted in a grid pattern as the foundation of the installation. 1600 ornaments were then hand-placed and metallic silver ornaments were strategically positioned to spell out the word "nice."


In front of the "nice" wall, we placed an 8' high tree constructed of over 1900 magenta ornaments. Laser cut letters also adorned the tree. Oversized gift boxes accented the main area and served as a popular spot for group photos and selfies.

Check out the video below to see how this all came to life over the span of three days (er, overnighters).

A HUGE mahalo to the amazing staff at The Modern Honolulu for having us!!  

And from our family to yours, Happy Holidays!


  • Venue: The Modern Honolulu
  • Photography: Photo Ops Hawaii
  • Cinematography: Supreme Video Productions
  • Laser-Cut Ornaments: Workshop 28

Addiction Horror Story

"Horror story" and "event design" aren't exactly two phrases that should be uttered in the same sentence, but when it comes to Halloween, it's the perfect pairing for a scary celebration. So when we were given the opportunity to design this year's Halloween event for the ADDICTION Nightclub at The Modern Honolulu hotel, we were pretty stoked to craft something with a dark and sinister edge.

Inspired by the "American Horror Story" television series, we designed elements to evoke an eerie atmosphere. Even more fitting, was that the newest season is titled "Hotel"--the perfect setting for the ADDICTION.

Main Entrance Mattress

To greet party-goers as they arrived, we fabricated a step and repeat made of a slashed mattress with a ghoulish body sewed inside. Red lighting helped accent the dimly lit entryway and set the tone for the evening. It was the perfect backdrop for folks to get into the Halloween spirit, and give a taste of the other spooky elements in the space (oh yea, it served as a pretty killer backdrop for the perfect selfie).

Suspended Spirits

In the main nightclub, we suspended bodies in the air wrapped in strait-jackets. To highlight the floating bodies, we illuminated them with red bulbs, which gave the effect of a blood stained ceiling--the ideal setting for guests to dance the night away beneath the levitating bodies.

We also incorporated opportunities for guests to share their experiences throughout the evening via social media by creating selfie zones inspired by past season of the "American Horror Story"-- Asylum.

Bloody Bar

Lastly, it wouldn't have been complete without adding a bit of horror to The Modern Honolulu's Lobby Bar, The Study. To infuse a bit of gore and spookiness, we incorporated decapitated body parts into their revolving bookcase and custom cut vinyl in the shape of dripped blood.

Mahalo to the ADDICTION Nightclub and The Modern Honolulu team for having us be a part of your horror story. We hope everyone enjoyed and reveled in the supernatural festivities of the evening.

Sweet dreams and happy Friday the 13th!

The Modern Honolulu

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