President and Creative Director, David Stark Design and Production
Areas of Specialty
Event planning, event design, floral design, and production for corporate and private events, as well as garden, interior, product design, photo styling, books.
Designer Q&A with David
What is your design philosophy?
It’s perfectly okay to break the rules as long as you do it BRILLIANTLY.
What led you to this career?
I started as a painter and fell into working with flowers (for special events) as a way to support my art making. 20 years later, flowers and event design have become my ART.
What has been your favorite project and why?
It is simply impossible to name a single, favorite project as so many are important benchmarks for artistic development, but a project we did a couple of years back for the Robin Hood Foundation informs much of my thinking now. For their annual fundraising gala, we secured more than a million dollars’ worth of donated materials (clothing, food, books, blankets, etc.) and created a grand installation from them that was as if a world’s fair met the most fabulous science museum. However, we could not drill, nail, glue, and destroy any of the items as they all went on to be donated to the people that needed them most after the event. No waste at all. The décor had an afterlife that conceptually and beautifully underscored the reason that 4,000 guests came together that evening in the first place.
Tell us about your most challenging project.
A grand wedding in Istanbul might take the cake for difficult projects for me currently. What a stunning backdrop the Bosporus is and what a difficult time it was to pull this all off with a tiny group of our core staff from New York and a giant army of non-English speaking Turks.
What is your design process?
I always say, David Stark Design is a team sport. Our process is very collaborative. I am always looking for innovation, and whenever I hear, “We always do it this way,” it is a call to arms for us to swing the pendulum of creation to the extreme opposite end.