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Last man standing at AFR Design Duel

Quick draw takes on a whole new meaning in this year’s Design Duel featuring two “outlaw designers” who used their quick-witted skills to win the Wild West showdown of their lives.

In its fourth year, AFR Event Furnishings presented the fun-filled, action packed Design Challenge on the Event Solutions Tradeshow floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The 20-minute duel featured “outlaw designers” Andy Hopper of KG Designs and David Twigger of Vermilion Events and Design Group who dueled to the end.

David Twigger (left) and Andy Hopper (right) faced off in the Design Duel.

David Twigger (left) and Andy Hopper (right) faced off in the Design Duel.

Design Outlaw 1: Andy Hopper

With a love of beautiful yet clean lines coupled with a sharp eye for color, Andy Hopper brings an instantly recognizable style to any design project he touches. With experience ranging from exotic international weddings to the Rose Bowl Parade and the Philadelphia Flower show along with many corporate and social event clients, his experience runs deep. Loving design as a young child, Hopper’s talent blossomed through travel experiences mixed with a formal interior design education and natural talent for creating beauty. With an array of design awards including Allies, ASFA, AIFD and more, the world has taken note of Andy’s considerable design talent. Today, as the Head of Design for KG Designs, a sure trademark of Hopper’s events are meticulous attention to detail matched with a tailored experience that exceeds his clients expectations each and every time.

A rustic chic look was accomplished with natural wood.

A rustic chic look was accomplished with natural wood.

Cowhide-patterned ottomans serve as seating in this Wild West setting.

Cowhide-patterned ottomans serve as seating in this Wild West setting.

Design Outlaw 2: David Twigger

Known for marching to the beat of his own drum, Creative Director and Owner of Vermillion Events and Design Group, David Twigger, has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and events industry. He and his team of award-winning designers and styleologists create events that push the boundaries of design and are easily picked out of the crowd. He volunteers as a board member for local chapters of Hospitality Industry Professionals and the National Association of Catering and Events and has been named Chair of the Viva Aunt Rita’s Charity Gala for 2015. A multiple award winner for his tablescape designs, Twigger was recently awarded the 2014 Zonie Award for Best Event Innovation and named to the Arizona Foothills Trendsetter list. He produces the award nominated Scottsdale Wedding Walk – Scottsdale’s top boutique bridal event. For his community outreach efforts, he has twice been nominated for the Scottsdale Leadership program.

Twigger played with bright colors to accessorize the mod dining table.

Twigger played with bright colors to accessorize the mod dining table.

A zebra print rug and gold coffee table offset the "lawn" chairs.

A zebra print rug and gold coffee table offset the “lawn” chairs.

These “outlaw designers” counted their paces on March 10. Each were presented with a variety of furnishings including the new 2015 Showcase Collections from AFR Event Furnishings along with a variety of décor items provided by sponsors.

Announced during the Conference Closing Session with Preston Bailey, David Twigger was the last man standing with his winning design combining modern furniture pieces with organic elements.

 

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