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Spotlight On: David Stark

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Tablescapes don't have to be stuffy. Get creative with shapes, levels and colors, like this raffle-ticket table number above scattered yellow anemones.

Photo: Susan Montagna
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For the Metropolitan Opera's 125th Anniversary Gala, David covered everything from chandeliers to table lamps with vintage opera programs, accented by rich red-rose centerpieces.

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David gave the ballroom of The Plaza a secret garden feel by constructing full hedge walls around the perimeter of the dining area for this New York City wedding.

Photo: Susan Montagna
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Glenn Close wanted to bring the essence of her Maine summer home to the East Village of Manhattan, so David turned The Bowery Ballroom into a vintage beach house complete with striped terry-cloth linens, a wall of inflated beach balls, and a cake in the form of a sand bucket and lobster.

Photo: Susan Montagna
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Innovative lighting is a fantastic alternative to full-blown set building. Here, David used black-lit murals to provide a scenic lounge environment.

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For an Americas Society fund-raiser in New York, David adorned Cipriani Wall Street with massive hanging chandeliers covered in postcards collected from North, Central, and South America.

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Continuing with the photo mosaic theme, David created covered flower planters to run the length of the tables.

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When the Film Society of Lincoln Center chose to honor Tom Hanks in its new Alice Tully Hall, David created an ultra-modern motif of various uplit acrylic containers filled with film reels.

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For this rustic Maine wedding, David built the DJ booth around fresh firewood that would blend with the abundant, wild centerpieces and larger-than-life floor lamps.

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David mixes his love of flowers, like this enormous forsythia bush, with unexpected elements, like the vase made of multicolored raffle tickets.

Photo: Susan Montagna

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