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David Stark, Event Designer and 2015 Design Awards Judge

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David Stark, Event Designer and 2015 Design Awards Judge

June 16, 2015

We’re delighted to share the news that the second of our guest judges in the 2015 Gardenista Considered Design Awards is David Stark–designer, author, artist, and event planner extraordinaire.

Above: Through his company David Stark Design & Production, David and a team of nearly 40 plan some of the world’s biggest and most fabulous events. Think: galas, fundraisers, and launch parties for the New York City Opera and world-class museums including the Tate and the Cooper-Hewitt.

For these events, David and his team create everything from concept to thank-you notes, but it’s his floral design, table scapes, and product designs we like most. He collaborated with Haus Interior on a product line called Wood Shop; a paper sculpture series with Bergdorf Goodman called Paper Tales; and a simple, affordable DIY winter table setting just for us (see DIY: A David Stark-Designed Holiday Table Setting on Remodelista).

We’ve dog-eared David’s five books, including the most recently released David Stark: The Art of the Party. In honor of his book launch in 2013, David collaborated with us in 11 Ways to Look Younger Instantly (Hint: Light a Candle) and in DIY: Painted Runner Tablecloth by David Stark.

For more from the designer, explore the party photos at David Stark Design and follow David on Instagram: @david_stark_design.

7 Things to Know About David:

1. Cities I’ve Lived In: New York City, Miami, Providence, and Oxford, England.

2. Favorite Flower: Poppies. (Photograph by Sophia Moreno-Bunge for Gardenista.)

3. Favorite Flower Arranging Tip: However many flowers you think you might need for an arrangement…double it!

4. Last Thing I Planted in My Garden: A new bed of rosemary at my Miami home.

5. On My Wish List: A dream would be to combine my new Brooklyn loft with the apartment above it to create a duplex. Also on my wish list–a pot of gold to pay for it!

6. Favorite Place to Be in Nature: The South of France. (Photo of La Noria in Languedoc-Roussillon by Clive Nichols.)

7. Favorite Event of the Past Year: My own wedding last summer.

From The Art of the Party:

Above: A wedding in The Art of the Party demonstrates David’s often fantastical party concepts. Here, a band plays in an oak treehouse overlooking a “sheep’s courtyard.”

Above: Here, a golden egg–”as though a giant hen had left it in the vegetable patch”–adds an element of humor to a party.

Above: David’s designs can be grand, but they’re often simple, like this strawberry arrangement featured in his book.

Above: David Stark: The Art of the Party is $27.19 at Amazon.

Read our profile of fellow Gardenista judge Carolyn Mullet, and don’t forget to enter our design awards–open to professional designers and novice gardeners–by June 22:

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