Event Designer & Producer David Stark is joining us this month. After we kick off the night with a member of the group sharing his or her design challenged space, Maxwell will sit down with David and discuss his expertise in producing major events and transforming everyday materials into dramatic displays of both decorative and useful objects. Join us!
David Stark is a renowned New York-based event producer as well as President and Creative Director of David Stark Design and Production. This full-service event design and planning firm is celebrated for the innovative, imaginative events it creates for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity clients such as Beyoncé Knowles and Jon Stewart, major corporations such as Target, TBS and Condé Nast, as well as high-visibility fund-raising galas for the nation's most elite not-for-profit organizations including The Museum of Modern Art and The Robin Hood Foundation.
On April 27, 2010, Stark will release his newest book, a visually stunning monograph that documents David Stark Design and Production's design philosophies, conceptual process, and breadth of work put forth since the Company's inception in 2005. The book will be published by Monacelli Press. His previous books include Napkins with a Twist (Artisan, 2006), To Have & to Hold: Magical Wedding Bouquets (Artisan, 2005), and Wild Flowers: Projects and Inspirations (Clarkson Potter).
Stark's first product line, a holiday decorating collection with West Elm, debuted in stores late summer 2009. Inspired by Stark's trademark approach of turning everyday materials into glamorous and unexpected installations, the collection included ornaments, garlands, table décor, and other elements made from natural, recycled, and ecofriendly materials. This holiday season Stark will collaborate again with West Elm on a new collection.
"CBS' The Early Show," "The Today Show," "The View," and "Martha Stewart" are several television shows that often call upon David to serve as a guest expert on décor, party planning, holiday decorating and home planting projects. David and his work are often featured in publications including the New York Times, ELLE DECOR, Glamour, Interior Design, In Style, House Beautiful, and Town & Country, as well as on a number of design-focused blogs.
At the Meetup, David Stark will give away a signed copy of his new book David Stark Design and a $50 gift card to West Elm that you can use towards product from Stark's upcoming holiday line sold exclusively at the store.
Images: 1,4, 9 & 10: Susan Montagna, 2,3,6 & 7: David Stark 5: ©2008 Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times 8: West Elm
DAVID STARK ON APARTMENT THERAPY
• Decorating With Firewood: A Wedding in the Woods
• Newspaper: Creative Use of a Humble Material
• Creating Centerpieces with Event Designer David Stark
• Eco-Chic: David Stark Holiday Collection for West Elm
• How To Twine Snowmen by David Stark