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VELVET LIVING POSSESS A WEALTH OF EVENT EXPERTISE

We have established a reputation as a major player in the events industry whilst remaining a boutique specialist with an impressive eye for detail and we retain that personal approach throughout every project – because every project is unique!

We provide wide ranges of stylish furniture and accessories for hire, whether you’re in search of a chill out area, DJ booth, festival style outdoor event or just some accessories to add those stylish finishing touches. Our extensive services are not limited to providing visually striking interiors and exteriors, but further extend to fully analysing our client’s needs and helping them turn their vision into reality. We pride ourselves on our extensive ranges, innovative designs, detailed floor plans and pushing to constantly surprise and delight our clients with perfectly tailored solutions that exceed expectations.

Call us or email with your enquiry – our consultants are on hand for simple advice or full production management. Alternatively, we are always happy to meet face-to-face and talk through all the details of your event. Book an appointment with us in our showroom where we will be happy to introduce you to our full range of products and services and help you bring your event to life.

The team

Maurits van Rhede, Managing Director

Founder and managing director Maurits van Rhede has in-depth experience of the luxury party and entertainment scenes, having begun his professional life in 1991 in Paris. He rapidly gained a reputation as a formidable party organiser as well as a respected DJ on the Paris club scene and in Cannes. Moving to London, through DJing at some of the biggest nights on the London club scene in addition to exclusive private party appearances and residencies at venues including Soho House, Maurits realised there was a niche in the market for a reliable and diverse DJ agency. He started Velvet Entertainment 15 years ago as a boutique agency and has grown the brand into an internationally-known events company, working with high profile corporate and private clients in locations including London, Paris, Cannes, Mallorca, Morocco, Klosters, Amsterdam and Florence. Maurits has a contact book that is second to none and has worked with top suppliers all over the world, ensuring you’ll be working with the very best that the events industry has to offer.

Sam Garner, Director

A bit of a self-confessed ‘geek’ and with over 10 years industry experience, Sam is the go-to man for all things related to technical production, lighting, sound, AV and set-design. Studying at one of the UK’s top music conservatoires has given him a unique grounding and insight into the music industry, something that is invaluable when auditioning and sourcing top-class entertainment acts. His post event guilty pleasure is: Wandsworth’s 24 hour McDonald!

Tim Gale, Business Development & Event Manager

A thorough planner, Tim can tackle any challenge that is thrown at him. With his creative background in textiles, passion for partying and second-to-none client care, you can rest assured that Tim will look after you from start to finish. Tim’s party trick: his ability to look like Jason Statham, which is pretty apt considering he wanted to be a stuntman when he was growing up!

Valeria Carboni, Event Manager

With a background in theatre and specialist knowledge of all the top London venues, Valeria can inject a touch of Italian style to your event, ensuring that it runs with complete precision. As our girl on the ground, her friendly and helpful persona is ever-popular with our clients. In true Italian style, she loves tastings and any showcase events where there are tasty treats on offer. This goes hand in hand with her ideal superpower – to be able to eat an infinite amount!

Phoebe Thomas, Event Manager

Entertainment expert and party girl Phoebe will find the perfect act for your event, be it a contortionist, a traditional string quartet or a niche DJ. Fluent in French, she proves herself even more valuable while working abroad. With her calm and collected nature and extensive experience working on site and behind the scenes, she will ensure your event goes smoothly, always with a smile on her face. Her ideal job would be either a horse whisperer or professional lounger on a tropical beach – both slightly different to event management!

Jasmin Iceton, Event Manager

Jasmin is the latest recruit to the Velvet team. Her passion for interior design and knowledge of the latest design trends has proved invaluable when sourcing our latest stock and consulting with clients who require those unique, bespoke pieces for their event. With an eye for detail, you will see her out and about adding those final touches to an event to deliver that little bit extra! Jasmin’s two rather contrasting dream jobs – either an international music festival creator or shark conservationist. Yes, really!

Joey Kaznadji, Warehouse Manager

Warehouse Manager Joey is the guy who ensures all of our furniture is sent out in top notch condition and keeps our warehouse looking spick and span at all times. Ever the practical man, if he could take only one thing to a desert island, it would be a boat.

Alessandro Goi, Quality Manager

Italian Alessandro has a wealth of experience both on and off site. His perfectionist nature ensures that all jobs on site are executed punctually and without any hiccups. He is a regular face at many of London’s top venues and knows every nook and cranny, ensuring a solution will always be found in a time of need. Even though he has been a Londoner for many years, Sandro stays true to his roots and he would order in pizza for his last meal!

Ben Ward, Warehouse Technician

Ben is rarely without a smile on his face. His cheerful nature is an asset when on site, ensuring clients are always put at ease. He has a wealth of experience installing at various London venues and is a dab hand at upholstery. A song that always makes Ben smile – “Escape” by Rupert Holmes!