David Stark: Art of the Party

David Stark: Art of the Party


By (author) David Stark

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  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 257mm x 28mm | 1,247g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1580933521
  • ISBN 13: 9781580933520
  • Illustrations note: 200 Colour
  • Sales rank: 498,649

Product description

Renowned event planner David Stark reveals whimsical, artistic, unexpected designs often created from sustainable, industrial, or low-cost materials to inspire readers--whether planning a wedding, dinner party, or holiday gathering--looking for ideas for their own events. Twenty-five of David Stark's events are featured--both private celebrations and charitable galas-- and showcase how he developed the inspiration for the overarching theme, color palette, and the thoughtful, coordinated details he's known for, and which truly make an event memorable. From the New York Metropolitan Opera opening gala to Target's large-scale charitable events and pop-up shops, David Stark's inimitable influence is sweeping the design world--and thanks to his books, becoming more accessible for his legions of fans. No matter the event, "The Art of the Party" is sure to inspire creativity and become an essential resource for years to come.

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Author information

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, David Stark began his career as a painter before starting his own business as an event designer. His previous books include "David Stark Design, Napkins with a Twist, To Have & to Hold: Magical Wedding Bouquets, " and "Wild Flowers: Projects and Inspirations."

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"There are two ways to enjoy David Stark's new book, "The Art of the Party." You can admire it as a coffee table book full of images from his show-stopping events, or treat it like a handbook for imbuing your own parties with the "joie de vivre "and excitement Stark's events are known for." --"Elle Decor" "David Stark--joy, daring, humor, charm, freedom of expression, generosity of spirit, a relaxed elegance, a perfectly calibrated measure of extravagance, and a disciplined, exquisitely articulated commitment to beauty. Along with a deep, abiding social conscience. And a lot of laughter and a beautiful friendship. Maybe the best thing about David is the way he listens: he listens and listens, then he thinks and thinks, and then he makes magic." --Mariska Hargitay "When we held our "HuffPost" Game Changers party two years ago, we new we needed a designer as innovative, thoughtful, and risk-taking as the people we were honoring. David brought his singular style, passion and creativity to the job--the same qualities that distinguish his new book." --Arianna Huffington "David Stark is simply one of a kind. His creativity is inspiring, his ideas are fun, and, best of all, he's a treat to work with. Our collaborations make me want to throw party after party!" --Darcy Miller, Celebrations Expert & Editorial Director, "Martha Stewart Weddings" Praise for "David Stark Design" "The scale and visual impact of David Stark's installations rival those by many contemporary artists at the Whitney Biennial or any Chelsea gallery." --David Byrne "To do what David does, he has to be a consummate politician, a shrink, an accountant, and a brilliant visual artist, with the unshakable calm of a Zen master. He is all that and more. He has great taste, a fabulous sense of humor, and is blessed with an uncanny sixth sense about how to present an event so that everyone knows when they walk in the door that they are in for an unforgettable exp