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WHAT THE MIND CAN IMAGINE ED LIBBY CAN CREATE
Event Design & Floral Creations
Event designer “du jour Ed Libby, New York’s newest must-have.” (Cindy Adams, The NY Post)
Walking into an Ed Libby designed event; whether it be a lush wedding, an engagement reception, or a lavishly outrageous and personalized party for Kelsey Grammer or Carmelo Anthony, one is at first struck by the originality, color, grandeur, scale and magnificence of his created interiors. Libby’s “signatures” include huge floral & crystal chandeliers dripping from the ceiling, majestic columns & fountains bearing candles & profusely surrounded with floral bouquets. Full environmental experience and close attention to details are hallmarks of a Libby Event. The ever so subtle fragrance that wafts now and then, the texture of each seating design; velvets, silks, tablecloths decorated with hand sewn paillettes or feathers, silverware wrapped to look like art, media screens further
presenting themed images and the statues, guests slowly realize, are models, painted, bejeweled and costumed. “Every event should be a feast for the senses. I live for each detail – it must be just so. Each aspect of the design is personally governed by me” says event designer extraordinaire, Ed Libby. “Straight off next seasons fashion runway, couture approach to atmospheric event design,” and that it is.
Libby began his career in a small workspace in his home over two decades ago. He built his business on flowers, which remain an essential element of design. He has traveled extensively to Europe and Asia and these influences are evident in his creations. It did not take long until his business grew into what is now Ed Libby & Company Events, Inc. His company is the first design studio to blend art with live entertainers in order to create dramatic new dimension in event production. In 2017 Ed Libby took on the role of Art Director and Designer for the floral conservatories at MGM National Harbor just outside of Washington, DC and the world renowned Bellagio in Las Vegas, creating five seasonal floral displays per year at each location. Ed was also named “One of the 100 most inspiring people in the weddings industry for 2017” by The Knot, as well as being one of BizBash’s “Top 40 Event Designers for 2017”. Previously, Ed Libby & Company Events. Inc. partnered with Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. to design and create the NYC Editors Showcase for their 2016 summer product line. Most notably, Ed Libby & Company Events. Inc. was the as event designer for the “Wall Street Concert Series” hosted by Cipriani featuring such artists as Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Crow, Lionel Richie, Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Kanye West and Beyonce. He has designed a number of installations for the annual Macy’s Flower Show at their flagship store in Herald Square and had the privilege of opening the Flower Show on The Today Show acting as judge in a floral arranging competition between the show’s hosts.
Ed Libby television credits include a guest appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Art Director on the Season 2 Premier of America’s Next Top Model, the featured event designer on Arts & Entertainment’s Growing Up Gotti, Style Networks special Party Fabulous: Kimora Lee Simmons’ Fashion Week Party, VH1’s LaLa’s Full Court Wedding, Style Networks Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, TLC’s Cake Boss and the Today Show. Libby’s client roster includes Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Lopez; Marc Anthony, Beyonce Knowles, Kimora Lee Simmons, Carmelo Anthony & LaLa Vasquez, P. Diddy, Naomi Campbell, Usher, Denise Rich, Robert DeNiro, Giuseppe Cipriani, Tyra Banks and Sting. Among the corporations that have entrusted Mr. Libby to design for them are Tommy Hilfiger, The ASPCA, American Express, The New York Stock Exchange, City Harvest, Disney, Electra Records, The Blackstone Group, The Patrons of Vatican Art Collection, The Super Bowl, Citizen Watch, Haber Handbags, The Honest Co., and MGM Resorts International.
As a principle member of Ed Libby & Company Events, Inc. for the past twenty-four years, Bob Conti has made a name for himself in the event industry by designing and producing milestone celebrations within the luxury market.
With a background as an executive in visual merchandising, Bob has an exceptional ability to design experiential environments that thrills guests. His favorite events are those which evoke the personality and style of the hosts and guests of honor.
Bob enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally to speak to event professionals about the industry, the luxury market and the changes and business challenges we all face.
Bob has been a speaker at Engage Summits, Intrigued Experience, The Special Event and has traveled to India as part of the Dream Makers Summit.
Courtney Hodges has been a member of the Ed Libby team since 2010 when she graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Public Relations.
As the Vice President of Marketing and later the Marketing Advisor for her sorority, Courtney has a strong background in event planning, and quickly took to the more creative, design aspect of the event industry.
Courtney began as an Office Manager and has since grown her roll in many ways, designing and producing events with Bob and assisting the CFO in managing the business.