About Us


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Shawn Aversa | Creative Director
Interior designer turned balloon artist (that's basically how it went down), Von Walter + funk started the organic balloon art movement in Pittsburgh in 2018... But let's back this thing up... Von Walter & Funk¬†opened¬†our doors in 2015, initially as a lifestyle¬†shop with an¬†interior design side-hustle; however, we¬†found¬†ourselves not quite finding¬†our voice.¬† Fast forward 3 years and we were still searching for an element for the shop..¬†something that transcended¬†our love of unique & fun accessories & decor, but fulfilled¬†our¬†passion for design, pushing¬†our creative boundaries &¬†continually transforming¬†our surroundings in thoughtful & creative ways... no but seriously. At about that same time, we were inspired by watching the organic balloon art movement unfold in other cities and believed we could put¬†own own spin on it here in the steel city, and just like that, we became Von Walter + funkBALLOONūüĆą.
The evolution from shop to event collective really wasn't that far off - our¬†design approach has always been¬†the same (balloons or otherwise): To work with what¬†we have - to accentuate & embellish an existing space or feature with¬†our¬†own interpretation of how that space will benefit most. From making subtle, but unique changes to existing architectures, understanding the importance of¬†color, depth & spatial nuances, to understanding & thinking about light, scale, texture & overall functionality & intelligence (that's the organic part¬†ūüėČ).¬† ...and¬†we're really f'in good at it¬†ūüíÖ.
At Von Walter + funkBALLOON we love making people happy! … like, really happy… we also love spreading joy and we really, really love creating beautiful spaces (and having fun, a course!). We hope to celebrate with you soon!