Q&A with David Stark
Occupation: Event planner, designer, and author
Best known for: Elevating event decor to the realm of installation art
1. Antique or modern?
Both in equal measure and juxtaposed
2. City or country?
3. Which colors do you use most?
I love a good rainbow.
4. Favorite materials or textures?
I am in love with paper, but frankly, I am super open to the world of possibilities from the most luscious and rare flowers to the most everyday items from the hardware store. I don't edit myself at the world buffet of materials.
5. Does a room need a view?
No. A room can BE the view.
6. Favorite designer or architect?
I wouldn't say no to Muriel Brandolini designing my home.
7. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
History. I love when a room has many, many layers of objects, furnishings, fabrics, furniture, and mementos that are personal and have been collected over a lifetime. I almost don't care what style it is in. Rather, I really vibe on the personal history of accumulation and curation, regardless of style or period.
8. What is a forbidden word in your house?
9. Design rule you like to break?
Wearing white after labor day. Winter white, anyone?
10. What is your favorite room in the house?
The living room. I love a huge, comfortable living room with tons of seating and large areas where you can lie on the floor with big, comfy pillows.
11. Is there anything that you are afraid to "DIY"?
Not really. I mean, I don't know if I want to make a car or some other highly technical machine... but give me some yarn and some glue, and I am happy to jump right in.
12. Have you ever had a change of heart about an object or a style?
Absolutely and all the time. For instance, I used to totally cringe at anything in the Memphis style... now, I love all of it's wackiness.
13. If you could live in one historical figure's house, whose would it be?
Either Jean Cocteau's home VILLA SANTO SOSPIR or Cy Twombly's Roman studio/home/villa.
14. On what movie set would you like to live?
I am obsessed with a 1983 Great Performances version of Alice in Wonderland with Richard and Kate Burton. I'd live on that set.
15. To which country would you move for the design?
16. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
I would love to be born as an Yves Klein International Blue painting.
17. What inspired the creation of your new art collection, Paper Tales?
We have been creating paper sculptural works for our events for some time now, and our clients and their guests love these pieces and are constantly asking where they can get them outside of our event contexts. With such great demand, we were inspired to create this exclusive collection for Bergdorf Goodman, the perfect host for such unique and hand-made art pieces.
A peek at Stark's latest, Paper Tales, during the collection premiere at Bergdorf Goodman on Tuesday evening.
For more on Stark's whimsical creations and unexpected event decor, check out his latest book, David Stark: The Art of the Party, on sale now.
(Photos courtesy of Monacelli Press)