Top 50 Event Designers 2019: David Stark

The New York-based Stark on event design as art installation.

“This yearly, three-day brand immersion brings press and influencers to New York City for events where the heritage, products, and ethos of this brand are explored in full. Here, larger-than-life calendula products become striking art pieces, overflowing with the natural ingredients that are their essence.” Pictured: World of Kiehl’s event
“This yearly, three-day brand immersion brings press and influencers to New York City for events where the heritage, products, and ethos of this brand are explored in full. Here, larger-than-life calendula products become striking art pieces, overflowing with the natural ingredients that are their essence.”

Pictured: World of Kiehl’s event
Photo: Gustavo Campos

David Stark Portrait 2018 Photo Nico IlievPhoto: Niko IlievStark’s background as a painter may explain the abstract sensibility that he brings to event design. The New York-based designer (@david_stark_design) compares his work to living, breathing art installations—not just decoration—that support the story behind an event. Stark’s clients range from high-profile brands to philanthropic organizations to individual clients, including Target, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Robin Hood Foundation.%{[ data-embed-type="image" data-embed-id="5d03d72571ab877d468b485b" data-embed-element="span" data-embed-size="640w" data-embed-alt="&ldquo;We created an exhibit of art installations to illustrate stages of market cycles, highlighting Senator strategies of opportunity and success during those cycles. Here, we depict the &lsquo;breakthrough&rsquo; that a traditional box maker had when they expanded from cardboard into the production of many more packaging products.&rdquo; Pictured: Senator Investment Group conference" data-embed-src="https://base.imgix.net/files/base/bizbash/bzb/image/2019/06/Senator_Investors_Conf_2018_3169.5d03d71e38e6b.png?auto=format&h=640&w=640" data-embed-caption="“We created an exhibit of art installations to illustrate stages of market cycles, highlighting Senator strategies of opportunity and success during those cycles. Here, we depict the ‘breakthrough’ that a traditional box maker had when they expanded from cardboard into the production of many more packaging products.”<br><br> <i>Pictured: Senator Investment Group conference</i>" data-embed-credit="Photo: Susie Montagna" ]}%

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