Top 10 Designers: Matthew David Hopkins

April 6, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT

Part of our list of New York's Top 10 Event Designers.

Company: Matthew David Events
What He Does: Hopkins works with a wide variety of clients and events, from the wedding of one mayor (Rudolph Giuliani’s 2003 nuptials) to corporate events for another (employee parties for Bloomberg L.P.). His style varies too—from a rustic Italian dinner for The Sopranos’ sixth-season premiere party to a super-modern-looking product launch for Lancome.
Why His Work Differs: “My clients are always very much involved in the design process,” he says. “Rather than imposing my own tastes or self-proclaimed style upon them, I just listen to what they have to say, how they picture the day in their minds.”
One of His Tricks: Using unusual materials in surprising ways.
At the Republican National Convention media welcoming party in the Time Warner Center, Hopkins put a model in a dress made of Time Inc. magazine covers. And at the Central Park Conservancy’s Halloween benefit, he made a massive chandelier with drugstore-variety plastic masks.
What Sets Him Apart: “Many event designers pride themselves on their style; many work their whole careers to refine that style to the point that you could spot their work from a mile away. That is not me, not my style.”

Chad Kaydo

Posted 04.06.05

This story originally appeared in the February/March 2005 issue of the BiZBash Event Style Reporter.

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